Any sensible person should be skeptical of celebrity do-gooders. It’s good to help out victims of a natural disaster, but Celine Dion’s on Larry King carrying on about the million dollars she’s giving or whatever the hell exactly she’s doing. That’s not right. Screw her. And then there’s Spicoli. Oy vey, the self-aggrandizement.
Some have criticized evil right wingers for hatin’ on people who are just trying to help out. However, if you go on television to brag about the huge sums you’re giving to the cause, then you don’t get credit for helping out. You’re just buying advertisement for your good name. And if you show up to do volunteer rescues with a personal photographer in tow, you’re simply a frickin’ media whore.
Grammy award winner Macy Gray was there Saturday, her hair contained in a pink wrap and her eyes hidden behind huge, designer sunglasses.
She was up Friday night watching the news and decided that she needed to do something, so she took the red eye from Los Angeles and got to Houston at 5 o’clock Saturday morning.
She could have given money, she said, but this is a much more personal gift.
Gray strapped on a Red Cross vest and got to work at the the distribution center, where evacuees give volunteers a wish list of sorts and volunteers sift through donations to try to fill it.
There’s a picture to go with this, but it’s not sexy. She didn’t show up with a personal photographer, nor did she show up on some talk show to raise awareness of how much money she’s given.
She’s got her hair tied back, and she’s shuffling through boxes of donated clothing trying to find a change of clothes for a ten year old refugee from the storms.
This looks to me much more than most clebrity help-out stuff like someone actually interested primarily in alleviating the suffering of others rather than any kind of cheap glory or glamour.