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Why Does Angelina Jolie Have my Job? : Comments

By Kali Goldstone, published 3/12/2010

What do high profile celebrities really bring to human rights and development work?

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carly "It is an indictment on our society that the status quo requires a celebrity to tell them what is immoral and ugly in the world and what therefore deserves their attention and support in rectifying"

The MSM know their customers very well and that they will respond to "fame", and to not to unknown people.

The famous people get the press, the coverage, because our media give it to them, it's nothing to do with earning credibility in organizations - it's outright attention grabbing marketing.

It's not going to change, most of us have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to people asking us for money, which is unfortunately more and more common.

yesterday in one day, I was asked for donations to all manner of good causes, 4 times .. admittedly I was out and about then went out in the evening, so exposed myself to the public interface.

All this, and I actually already have a regular charity I give to.

So for organizations to get my attention, over all the other attention/money seekers, they know that someone like Angelina Jolie .. will do that, no problem. I don't really care what she thinks, the job is getting attention. Well done Angelina!
Posted by Amicus, Friday, 3 December 2010 8:21:15 AM
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I would agree it IS an indictment on our society if people are only drawn to issues that are actually important because Britney Spears told them it is. Another hope I have for the internet is that it reduces people's interest in this culture.

But I have a theory that the UN buys into the idea that lots of developing nations (2nd world nations perhaps?) are summed up by really poor people longing for connection to glossy Hollywood, and dirty old men who like young American celebrity women; and are trying to use celebrities to charm the sum of these countries into action.
Posted by King Hazza, Friday, 3 December 2010 9:35:15 AM
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Well..... I certainly wonder why you venture out as a 'human rights' lawyer..and which causes you choose.. could they by any chance be mainly 'anti american/capitalist' causes?

I also observe complete confirmation of why I don't have any faith whatsoever in the idea of "human rights" and the U.N.

I worked with people who didn't know their heads from their asses in resettlement but kept moving up the ladder because they did know how to work the UN promotion system, which is basically 'don't fffk up'.

So...help us out eh... are you a committed socialist? Is that what you are on about? Do you hate capitalism ? Are you out to destroy the free market?
Posted by ALGOREisRICH, Saturday, 4 December 2010 8:59:16 PM
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It's not right.
You're way prettier than Angelina Jolie.
Posted by Proxy, Saturday, 4 December 2010 10:14:57 PM
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The aid and development sector attracts a diverse range of people, who have a diverse range of priorities and use a diverse range of strategies to get their work done. Some do it well, some do it badly, and many people who think they are doing it well are actually doing more harm than good. But the one thing they have in common is that they all think that what they are trying to do is worthwhile.

Should those who are perceived not to be legitimate be excluded from contributing? And who should decide to exclude them anyway? This is what we should be asking ourselves. Meanwhile, if Ms. Lohan has a chance to explore a hitherto unrecognised component of her character in this way, then why not I say?!
Posted by Sam Jandwich, Monday, 6 December 2010 2:36:32 PM
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The United Nations offers a diversity of opportunities for corruption:

Like the head of the UN agency for tackling rural poverty and his $400,000 per annum luxury villa:
http://reformdesa.blogspot.com/2010/11/un-poverty-chief-to-quit-luxury-italian.html
Posted by Proxy, Monday, 6 December 2010 7:15:01 PM
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