Friday, 3 December 2010

They Died for Your Money

Ah, Celebrities. Is there nothing they won't do for a charity? In their latest stunt, they died so that you might give money for AIDS.

Now a pause: Giving money for AIDS, in this case to keep children alive in AIDS ridden Africa, is a worth cause. We just had World AIDS day, and this is off that. Now, that said...

What celebrities are doing is nothing. No tweeting. No facebooking. No electronic updates of any kind. These celebrities include Elijah Wood, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake... they are all, digitally speaking, dead.

Until their fans donate one million dollars to this charity.

Um... hang on here... just a small minor thing... and this is something that really annoys me about a lot of charity events...

How much money could be raised if these celebrities, instead of sitting around doing nothing, instead gave one million each to the cause? For a lot of them, that wouldn't be noticed. No, instead, and just like other events like this, the celebrities give up a little bit of their time, and instead it's the rest of us that actually fork over money to the event, when they have a lot more money than the rest of us.

And I would be very impressed if they all turned around said "after you give a million, we'll each give..." however much, even hundred grand over all of them would get over a million.

But no sign of that. Instead, they simply return to pre-tweet lives... which may be hard for some of them, but come on now! They aren't even performing a song or anything to get people going! They are literally doing less in the name of charity than they normally would!

(And the site suggests the rest of us join in and stop online interaction, but if I did that I wouldn't be able to tell you about it.)

As Stephen Colbert says "Donate $999,999", that'll sort 'em out...


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