Friday, February 29, 2008

here's an idea

How about all those crazy-rich celebrities and athletes stop buying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts for each other...and start donating that money to more worthwhile causes? Like kids who need shoes or mosquito nets. Or maybe schools or inner-city clinics that need supplies. Or the planet that needs more trees, cleaner air and water (support a kid who wants to be a scientist and solve these problems but can't afford to). Or, hey, what about the great "elect Barack Obama" fund? Any one of these sounds more appealing than some of the crap I've read recently. To explain this little rant, I will have to admit that I look at every single day. It's one of the things that I loathe most about myself, but I just have to check the headlines. It's a habit. Anyway, I guess Chris Brown (some 18-year-old who is famous for doing God knows what) and Rihanna (the Umbrella chick) are dating. For her birthday, he bought her 100,000 bucks worth of jewelry. Um, she's 20. He's 18. Aren't they supposed to be making mix tapes and giving each other sweaters from American Eagle or something? Hilary Duff's boyfriend (some hockey player) bought her a Maserati or some equally ridiculous sports car for her birthday. It's insane.

I'm not saying that they shouldn't be allowed to spend their money however they please. They have the right to buy whatever they want...just like I can't stop someone who's on food stamps from buying a PSP or some other toy. (I guess the great chasm between the super-rich and the poor, heck, the gap between the rich and the normal, is the real issue.) What I'm saying is that this is ridiculous. It's so ridiculous that it's ridonkulous. I think it's great that a whole boatload of celebrities gave a million dollars each to Hurricane Katrina relief. That's great. But when you make 15 million dollars for a movie, one million doesn't really sound so generous. I know that's not entirely fair. But, really, life isn't fair. The people who lost everything they had...that wasn't fair either. I really can't think of a lot of situations in life that qualify as fair. It's just reality.

Anyway, I don't even know why I'm complaining about this because there are a lot of celebrities that do a lot of great things that they don't have to do. There are good people who do good things all around the world. There are just a lot of immature, selfish, attention hogs out there, too. And they make me puke. I'm done. I'm going to steam some carrots for the munchkin.


Sight: the forecast that says it will be 60 degrees Sunday
Sound: "Rami, you're in."
Smell: onions and peppers hitting a hot pan
Touch: S snuggles
Taste: hot chocolate, havarti and apples


Strongmama said...

I totally agree with you. Back in the day, I was an ET girl and always got bugged by hearing about the hundred thousand dollar gift bags the celebs would receive for reading from a teleprompter at the Oscars. That's ridiculous. But I hear that they have curtailed that a bit. It's sad that so many celebs give their money away merely to get a giant tax deduction and have their name in the news. But like you said there are lots of good people out there too.

die Frau said...

Let me jump on that bandwagon as well. These celebs with their bazillion dollar homes, supporting consumerism and their own cache drive me nuts.

Chris Brown comes from the tiny VA town I lived in for three years. If I had to guess, he's going nuts because he led either an incredibly middle class or poor life there; the biggest employer in the county is McDonald's and people in the immediate surrounding areas still have dirt floors and no plumbing. I'm sure he's just young and stupid and excited to have dough and nobody reins him in. Not that that excuses it.

die Frau said...

And the dirt floor/no plumbing comment is not an exaggeration.