05 October, 2006

And One Other Thing: The No Delete Madonna Rant, Part Two

I just remembered the other thing I wanted to whine about in regards to that Madonna article.

Madonna, a devout practitioner of Kabbalah, unveiled her plans for Malawi in an interview in August with Time magazine. She said she wants to raise at least $3 million for programs to support AIDS orphans.

Never mind that Kabbalah, as a branch of Judaism, believes that charitable works should be kept secret. Never mind that anyone who holds a press conference to announce their good works is both desperate for attention and perhaps a little bit nuts.

The problem is that it's so phony. Madonna "wants to raise at least $3 million" for her new charity. Do you know what that means?

It means Madonna wants tons of people like you and me to send our tens and twenties to her charity.

I have this real gripe against people whose net worth hangs around the $700 million mark thinking they're hot butter for cajoling other people to donate to a charity.


At 11:56 AM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post... loved it.

--Rebecca Hahn

At 3:41 PM, October 05, 2006, Blogger Malia said...

Yeah, I've never understood that either. Just pony up the check already and don't make a big deal about it!

At 6:11 PM, October 05, 2006, Anonymous Jon said...

Or maybe you'd rather donate to one of those 24/7 religious telethons that post 1 800 numbers? You know the cable stations I'm talking about.

At 7:11 PM, October 05, 2006, Blogger Kathy T. said...

Or you could come to "Skate for the Children" night in Smyrna on Tues. October 10th from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Yes, I'm taking advantage of your post to talk about the Christmas for the Children event. Sorry!

At 9:47 PM, October 05, 2006, Blogger -d said...

I can't stand Rosie O'Donnell. But she is the only "celebrity" I have respect for on any charity issue. When all the "Super Stars" came on TV after 9/11, she said she would only participate if all the other "Celebrities" gave $1million each. All the others said,"NO". That is why she wasn't there.

So how does that make you feel. All these people that make millions of dollars because you go to thier movies and watch thier TV shows ask some poor bastard that makes $10 an hour and has a family to pony up for a cause they wouldn't give 1/10th of 1 movie's income to. I hope they all burn in hell.



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