Idol Gives Back... But at
- May 1
We are now in the Merry Merry Month of May...where
seasons end, finales occur and yours truly wants to
point out the hypocrisy of last week's "Idol Gives
Idol Gives Back was the "big-event" that has been talked
about for all of this season. In the U.S., the money
will be distributed via CPEF to U.S. organizations such
as Save the Children, America's Second Harvest - The
Nation's Food Bank Network, Boys & Girls Clubs of
America and Children's Health Fund, to deliver food,
medical care and other assistance programs to children
living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the
In Africa, the money will be focused on delivering
health and education programs and will be distributed
via CPEF to a number of organizations including: U.S.
Fund for UNICEF, The Global Fund to fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria, Save the Children,
NothingButNets.net and Malaria No More.
Now that's fine and good. But the execution was so
preachy, that for me, I was probably the only one who
basically said, "What's going on here?" This was the
same limousine liberalism that has been going on for
years..."Do as I say, not as I do." Ellen DeGeneres was
the only one who publicly announced her donation of
$100,000. Do I believe that anyone else donated their
performance fee? Probably not.
And it's the same footage that we have seen before for
years in Africa...kids orphaned by AIDS, children with
bloated stomachs, poverty that we as Westerners couldn't
dream of...but what of it? Instead of donating to these
charities, most of which legitimately do good works, why
not work within the system and try to get rid of the
corrupt governments in the African governments that have
caused these problems in the first place?
And as far as poverty here in America goes, the poverty
rate has continued to be between 11-15% of the American
Population. Instead of a handout, why not continue to
support economic growth through programs that make
people less dependant on government instead of more?
I am not trying to be a cruel and heartless person here.
The pictures shown were devastating. But as a way to get
me to donate money, Idol didn't make me want to give
back, it just made me want to give up.
You agree or disagree? Fire me off a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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