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Colin Farrell to end World Hunger

Posted: December 7, 2010 by kmw5211 in Donations, Hunger
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This is exactly what I consider to be celebrity abuse of media and charities. As much as I appreciate Colin Farrell giving his voice to support ending world hunger, that is just not enough. If he was so dedicated to the cause of world hunger, his actions would’ve spoken louder than his words. Yes – he does lend his voice to the World Food Programme, but what else is he doing? Is he donating food or money to the WFP to encourage others to follow in his footsteps? No. He’s expecting his fans to do what he asks solely because he is the one asking. I do not appreciate that one bit.

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Wyclef Jean and Matt Damon have first hand experience in dealing with the effects of Hurricane Gustav on Haiti. Jean and Damon took matters into their own hands and went to Haiti to hand out food and generally do what they could to help out. Damon admits he’s seen poverty before, but never coupled with disaster. Jean continues that it is hard to describe what they experienced first hand. What he could express was the importance of the international community’s help in the matter. Together with Yéle Haiti, Damon and Jean are trying to make a difference. Yéle Haiti sponsored food, clothing, blankets and medical supplies in the areas that were hit hardest by the storm. To find out more about Damon and Jean’s excursion to Haiti, see the link below.

What do you think about  the situation? Are these celebs doing enough to help Haiti? Better yet, are they inspiring you to help?

 

Related Article:

Matt Damon and Wyclef Jean Help Haitian Flood Victims (www.huffingtonpost.com)

In this video clip posted November 8, 2010, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard take action in Alibaug, India.  By opening an SOS Children’s Village, Maggie and Peter are helping children who have no parents or who can’t live with their parents anymore. According to Look to the Stars, SOS Children’s Village is a non-governmental and non-denominational social development organisation that provides family-based care to these children.

Maggie and Peter are global ambassadors for SOS Children’s Village and its parter Esprit (the lifestyle brand).  I’m very proud that this dynamic duo takes their job seriously as global ambassadors. It’s one thing to fight for a cause. It’s another thing to go out to India to support the cause and help in any way you can.
“Protecting children’s rights is a universal responsibility that requires global commitment from us all,” said Gyllenhaal. “It’s a privilege for Peter and I to join hands with Esprit and promote the remarkable work of SOS Children’s Villages, which for the past sixty years has continued to give children worldwide love, security, and the nurturing environment that only a family can provide.”

I couldn’t agree more.

There is not much left to say that this video hasn’t said for me. The cast of the Twilight saga: Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Chaske Spencer, Tinsel Korey, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Michael Welch, Justin Chon, Christian Serratos, and author Stephenie Meyer are all taking action to make the world a better place. What I find most interesting about all that the cast is doing is that their actions aren’t hugely publicized.

I, for one, am a major Twilight fan and I hadn’t heard about majority of the charities and causes that these celebrities take part in. That is not to say that these charities aren’t mainstream organizations, because they are. My point here is that it seems to me that the cast of Twilight genuinely cares. They are helping others without the need to put the spotlight all over what they are doing so that the world knows how amazing they are. I truly respect them for that.  I also found it very impressive that so many cast members took part in charities or non-profit organizations. Stephenie Meyer even started her own organization. Sure, you usually find that a few members of a major motion picture have charities that they have been helping for a while, but in this case, pretty much the ENTIRE cast of Twilight has picked up one cause or another. What’s more, all the causes are different! This video definitely threw me for a loop. Props to you Twilight cast. I commend you.

America isn’t the only country trying to save the world. In the UK, celebrities volunteer to help non-profit organizations such as BBC Children in Need.  Children in Need began as a Christmas radio program in 1927, raising money for underprivileged children across the UK. As it grew, Children in Need expanded into television as a Christmas program in 1955. In the 80’s this program truly took flight with the introduction of Pudsey, the bandaged teddy bear and Children in Need mascot. The annual telethon spread to Wales in 1989 and then Scotland in 2008. As part of the telethon, many celebrities have cameos and many performances are put on.

I’m all for raising money for a good cause, but I do have a problem with the celebrity activism here. It is wonderful that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson took time away from Hogwarts to ask the citizens of the UK to help the children, but other than that, what are these celebrities doing to help?

In a more recent Children in Need performance, held on November 21, 2009, Taylor Swift, boy-band JLS, Zac Efron, Robbie Williams, and singer Aston Merrygold all performed or appeared on the show. This was the same show where the appeal from the Harry Potter cast was aired. So what’s my point?

Unlike the British wizards, Taylor Swift donated £13,000 to the cause on top of performing. It is one thing for an idol or a role model to tell you to do something, it is another for them to ask you to do something that they are also doing. Leading by example is a more efficient way, at least in my opinion, to appeal to the public.

The Choice is Yours

Posted: November 3, 2010 by kmw5211 in Polls

 

Simon Cowell’s response to Haiti’s January Earthquake crisis was very similar to Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie‘s We Are The World 25 For Haiti musical performance. With a conglomeration of hit musical sensations, Cowell released the song “Everybody Hurts” in order to raise money and awareness for Haiti in this time of need.

We Are The World 25 had many more contributing artists than Cowell’s song, so what made him think his musical contribution would stand out?

The biggest difference was that graphic images were included in “Everybody Hurts.” Cowell’s call to action included video footage of the struggles that the Haitian people are undergoing. Men, Women, Children, Elderly…everyone was captured in their weakest moment, begging for help – some with their eyes and others with their pleas. The music video goes as far as showing a woman trapped under tons of rubble. Rescuers carve out enough stone to see her face.

Celebrities take a back seat to the clips of Haiti in this performance. Some musicians are shown in tiny clips scattered throughout the piece, and others are just a voice in the background.

This video certainly pulled at my heart-strings. I cried the first time I watched it – I ached to hold those children and tell them that things would be alright, but I couldn’t because things are not alright. The earthquake was just the first blow. Now, Haiti is trapped within the cholera outbreak. These poor people cannot catch a break.

I admire Cowell’s creativity and charity in helping Haiti through the aftermath of the January earthquake. I am curious, however, as to the effectiveness of his music video. I wonder who raised more money for the cause: Jones and Richie with their abundance of celebrities or Cowell with his graphic clips of Haitian suffering? I know that it really isn’t that important who raised the most money as long as everyone does their part to help these people, but I am interested to see what truly inspires people to help. Do we help because famous people tell us to and we want to be cool just like them? Or do we help because we are human beings and we don’t want to see others suffer when there is something we can do about it?