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Another day, another Twitterstorm.
Today, the BBC started #pandagate with its female Faces of the year 2011 list, that names a woman who made the headlines for every month of the year, topping it off, in December with…wait for it…a panda.
The list is a motley crew of victims (American congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for being shot in head or Nafissatou Diallo who accused the IMF’s former head and serial womaniser, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of rape) or women whose crowning glory has been to be in some way associated with a wedding.
In a year like most of us have never seen where two African women won the Nobel Prize and countless others were involved in pro-democracy or pro-equality movements, the best the Beeb could find in November was a certain Corporal Kelsey de Santis, who made headlines for being taken to the Marin Corps ball in Virginia by Justin Timberlake. Big whoop. Read the rest of this entry »
The celebrity as activist is a phenomenon that is here to stay.
A development campaign is hardly complete without some celebrity being given a guided tour through crowds of people, in far-flung places, whose lives have been devastated by acts of God or the cruelty of men.
And an entertainer’s portfolio is hardly complete without a humanitarian campaign. Celebrities seem to be lining up to get into bed with almost any NGO, for almost any cause, no matter how improbable the relationship. I doubt anybody would have guessed Ronan Keating was passionate about and well-versed in global agriculture issues – until of course the Boyzone singer, in his capacity as FAO goodwill ambassador, writes the forward for a UK Parliamentary Inquiry on Food Security. No, didn’t see that one coming either. Read the rest of this entry »
Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is a UK institution.
It’s a day like no other when the whole nation gets together to do something funny for money and change countless lives in the process. It all culminates in a night of cracking TV on the BBC with some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment.
While there is a verbal caveat that some of the money raised will also support projects in the UK, the highlights are always the tear-jerking accounts of the nation’s best-loved celebrities’ experiences, casting off their wealth and egos to ‘slum it’ – literally.
Very little is done to paint a balanced picture: one of self-determination, progress and dignity. Read the rest of this entry »