Is it just me, or is the whole celebrity charity thing an absolute farce? I'm watching sport relief right now and there are celebrities harping on about the troubles in Africa, kids dying and everything else that goes with it. They preach about how terrible, horrific and sad the whole situation is. There are even slo-mo camera shots of the celebrity in a hospital where there are very sick kids. In the shots the celebrity sheds a tear, wipes their eyes and walks away - as if to get away from the camera. What a load of horse****!
I feel extremely sympathetic towards the whole poverty/sickness/etc. situation in many parts of Africa (and around the world for that matter) and I in no way like seeing kids suffer. If I had a magic wand, I would love to make everything perfect in one fowl swoop.
However, I am a realist by nature and despite the fact that it is a terrible thing, at the end of the day, their has to be poverty and death in the world. If there wasn't and every poverty stricken sick/dying person in Africa were suddenly 100% healthy, the population of the earth would increase massively, putting an unimaginable strain on the earth's resources (food, water, etc)..as a result, economies would crash and the globe would plummet into catastrophe. [It's a similar situation if someone discovered a cure for aids...do you honestly think they would release it so the earth's population could dramatically increase?...I don't think so]
But anyway, as I was saying, these celebrities harp on and on and on about how it only takes a little to save a life and they preach to the ordinary working-class people to dip into their pockets (having already been ripped already by increasing taxes/costs and everything else that goes with it in this recession) and donate. But I wonder...the hosts of the shows: Davina McCall, Dermot O'Leary, John Bishop, the performers: snow patrol, etc...do they perform on the show for nothing? After all its for a good cause. Like **** they do. Their not giving up their time for nothing.
There are, of course, many many high-rollers out there with money that donate to charity...even the 'Gates'' have their own charity foundation. So, I do of course recognise this and commend them for it.
It begs the question though...Why doesn't every celebrity (or person on an extremely "high-life" income) donate just a snippet of their money to charity every once in a while? Surely this would make the general public's 5,6,7,8 or whatever million pound raised look like pennies.
The answer is simple, if that was to happen, there would be no red-nose day charity event or any other for that matter. So revenue would be lost. Celebrities could not promote themselves as decent caring human beings by preaching about the unneccessary suffering in the world. As mentioned, the population of the earth grows, resources drops, economies collapse...etc etc.
I would love to see some stats on this that show the number of celebrity donations and the amount donated. If you have such stats or know where to find them, please do forward me the link to it or if you have any thoughts on this, please let your voice be heard.