Monday, July 04, 2005

Missing the point

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Live 8 performers are playing for free, but local organizers plan to shower the celebrities with a Hugo Boss duffel bag loaded with high-fashion trinkets valued at about $3,000 US.

They'll also be able to add to their goodie bags with big-ticket items including Hugo Boss suits, valued at $800 to $1,000 each; XM satellite radios and subscriptions, $500; Gibson guitars, $2,000; Bertolucci watches, valued between $1,500 and $6,000; and other items. In all, a celebrity could walk away with a bag of gifts worth as much as $12,000.

"We want this to be a thank-you to the celebrities who are giving up their time and energies," said Nicole Cashman, whose firm was tapped by Larry Magid's Electric Factory Concerts to put the bags together.

Do 95% of celebrities even understand how poverty began in third world countries? I certainly doubt it. To accept goodie bags where the majority of the material was probably made in these very countries just epitomizes my point.

Secondly, has anyone ever stopped and asked why Africa seems to be the prime focus of these recent campaigns? Any deal that involves the world powers is never for free. Africa has an ambundance of natural resources and this is no doubt the underlying motive. If Africa had the skill set and technology resources North America posess, they would be self sufficient. This is the only way to truely eliminate poverty - building a foundation from the bottom up otherwise the cycle will just repeat itself.