Make Celebrities Earn Our Support
People have adored celebrities for many years. They are considered our royalty. We want to know what their wearing, what their driving, how big their homes are. We can become fascinated with every intricate detail of their lives. I love to keep track of celebrities too. I stand in line at the supermarket and read the latest headlines of my favorite celebrities. What I have begun to think about is with the state of the economy and so many people unemployed and homeless, what are celebrities doing to contribute to helping some of the less fortunate? Are they donating their time or money for this cause? Aren't most celebrities millionaires? Don't some of them have more money than they can ever spend in a lifetime? These are questions that have crossed my mind.
I have the utmost respect for the talent and hard work that goes into making a film, recording a record and touring the world to promote a record. My concern with celebrities is why don't more of them give back to the fans that have elevated them to the level they have achieved. Their fans support their favorite celebrities by buying the movie tickets and buying their CD's so why don't some celebrities do more to make the world a better place. Instead, I see a lot of them buying $500,000 cars and million dollar homes in several different countries, and shoes that cost more than some of us make in a year. How many families could you feed with that money, how many schools could you buy new computers for, how many homes could you buy for homeless families to live in? There is just so many things that celebrities could do with just their everyday spending money. I don't think they should give their fortunes away, but if they have made all of that money off of the backs of their legion of fans, they can't find it in their heart to share a small portion of that to help the less fortunate?
I think we should consider whether or not a celebrity is giving back. Are they at least donating their time to mentor a child or something that may not have monetary value, but doing something to show that they care about the fans that support them. So the next time you think about supporting your favorite celebrity, just check and see what positive things they are doing to give back to the fans that love them so much.
This is a list from DoSomething.Org of the top 20 most charitable celebrities of 2013:
1. Taylor Swift - Singer, donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony and performed a benefit concert to help young people facing homelessness.
2. One Direction - They released a One Nose Day single raising money to help people living in Africa and the UK who are living in poverty or suffering injustice. They also raised $784,345 for cancer research.
3. Beyonce - Singer/Actress, performed a charity concert in London for women's rights "Chime for Change."
4. Paul Walker - Actor, who recently died in a car crash, founded a charity called Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), which is a network of professionals that use their first responder skills in the event of chaos, tragedy and destruction.
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - rapper-producer, Their song, "Same Love" started a national conversation encouraging acceptance.
6. Sandra Bullock - Actress, won awards for "Favorite Humanitarian" because of her efforts in disaster relief and education.
7. Kerry Washington - Actress, serves on President Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
8. Ian Somerhalder - Actor, has the "Ian Somerhalder Foundation" which has raised millions of dollars to educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.
9. Ryan Seacrest - Host, has a Non-Profit "The Ryan Seacrest Foundation" and he partnered with a bunch of celebrities to give kids in hospitals the chance to feel like a star for a day.
10. Carrie Underwood - Singer, donated $1 million dollars from her "Blown Away" tour to assist with disaster relief after her home state of Oklahoma experienced deadly tornadoes.
11. Jennifer Lawrence - Actress, held a pre-screening of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in her her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to raise money for The St. Mary's Center, an organization that helps teens and adults with intellectual disabilities.
12. Alicia Keys - Singer, performed at the the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to be a part of a movement to end extreme poverty. She also donated to the the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. In addition to all of that, she founded a foundation called " Keep a Child Alive" which gives support to families with HIV/Aids.
13. Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul - Actors, raised $1.8 million dollars for the anti-bullying charity The Kind Campaign.
14. Miley Cyrus - Singer/Actress, used a photo of herself lifting her shirt up to promote the Indie film "Free the Nipple" a documentary questioning censorship of the U.S. media in regards to the naked female body and the lack of censorship in the media to violence.
15. Demi Lovato - Actress, launched Demi's Charity Boutique on eBay with sales going to her favorite charity Free the Children. She also appeared on celebrity Price is Right and raised $50,000 for Free the Children.
16. Blake Shelton - Singer, started Heal the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert for his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma after devastating tornadoes. He raised $6 million dollars to aid in recovery and rebuilding.
17. Mindy Kaling - Actress, raised money for female empowerment organizations and food organizations such as the LA Food Bank.
18. Kevin Durant - NBA Player, donated $1 million dollars to Oklahoma and got Nike to match his donation for goods after devastating tornadoes.
19. Kendrick Lamar - Rapper, used his celebrity status to raise money for the Red Cross to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
20. Justin Bieber - Singer, became the first recording artist to make 200 Make-A Wish dreams come true. He also raised $1,164,027 with Prizeo.com to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
I am sure there are other celebrities not listed that are doing their fair share of charitable work and we thank them for all of the work they do for others.