Friday, October 14, 2005

Too many cameras, not enough food

Susan Sarandon Opens Mouth, Entire World Is Saved.

Since all actors are experts in geopolitics, economics, climatology, and other heady stuff, I was naturally all ears when Susan Sarandon had some brilliant comments to make about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

""You had these really dramatic TV pictures and little soundbites of people standing in the rain. What happens when the rain stops and the water goes down?..."

No word yet on how many Katrina victims she and Tim are housing.

No doubt if she didn't bring it to our attention, all those "little soundbites of people" would be totally forgotten about once the media frenzy died down. Yes, all of those average Americans rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to help right now, through their churches and civic organizations, would just forget about the victims of Hurricane Katrina, because the media isn't bringing it to their attention anymore.

And isn't that ironic? She thinks that just as the media has given her the idea that her opinion should matter more than say, mine, she also believes that the victims of Katrina will be forgotten unless the media tells the general public what to do.

Not that I entirely disagree with her. It's that right or wrong, why should I give a rip what she says? I don't want to hear some ignorant tart talk about global warming or Iraq any more than I want to hear hurricane expert Max Mayfield give me his opinion on singing or acting. Now if some actor wants to give me their opinion on something like multiple divorces or drug rehab, I'd say they may have a little more credibility.

At least someone like Bono practices what he preaches. He's parlayed his fame and fortune into actually doing something for people dying of AIDS in Africa. I may not agree with all of his views, but he's putting sincere care and effort into his cause. But hey, it's a lot easier to open your pie-hole while the brown-nosing media hangs on your every word. Or better yet, donate your bra to Ebay, and they'll think you've done humanity some kind of service. The world needs more Bonos and less Britneys.

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