Soap box shenanigans

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The Internet is a useful thing.

No, this isn’t going to be a blog post on the obvious. It’s just that nothing gets my blood boiling quicker than a few minutes surfing favourite news sites. Outrage is just a click away. I can be tired and unmotivated, wondering how I’m going to ramp-up for the day, the week, and BAM, a post like this appears: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/07/14/Whedon-Goes-On-Anti-Capitalist-Rant

Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers, singing the praises of socialism. His kind of limousine liberalism makes me sick.

I know, I know, some of you are liberals. Some of you are socialists. I’m not going off on either (not today, anyway!). Decent people can disagree, and most positions on the political spectrum have persuasive arguments (even if I ultimately opt to choose one over the others). But hypocrisy, while entirely human – and a trait we all share – is galling when it’s indulged in on such a monumental scale.

You don’t get to be a bajillionaire and also be a socialist. You don’t get to spend tens of millions on actor salaries and special effects for your blockbuster movie and whine about the disenfranchisement of the poor.

You also don’t get to be a celebrity environmentalist and show up for a green conference in your giant helicopter: http://www.contactmusic.com/news/williams-helicopter-trip-raises-eyebrows-at-climate-debate_1331893

This isn’t a diatribe against wealth. It’s a diatribe against celebrity proponents of causes who don’t walk the talk.

Celebrities generate huge revenues for the causes they support, so I’m not judging the charities who choose to employ them. But I am judging us, the public, for leaving our brains in park when we consume philanthropic messages from people who have no credibility creating them.

Don’t get me wrong: I keep these judgments pretty literal. Stephen King can speak on behalf of literacy, and I’m not gonna mutter under my breath, “A lot more people would be literate if King gave a hundred million to literacy programs.” That may be true, but it’s not the point. Money will always be part of the answer, and having money doesn’t exclude you from having a public opinion. But it does exclude you from being a leader in causes your behaviour directly contradicts.

You can’t hunt whales and be a spokesperson for WWF.

 

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