Sound Destruction: TELETHONS BEGIN

Thursday, September 01, 2005

TELETHONS BEGIN



MTV, VH1 and CMT in the US will air a music-led telethon to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina on September 10, MTV's parent company Viacom announced on Wednesday evening.

So the stars are coming together. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to do something to contribute to the relief efforts. Even my 7 year old emptied her piggybank (and drew a picture for the victims) which we brought along with my monitary donation, nonperishable supplies and cases of water to a local drop off drive this afternoon (the news crews were all jazzed about my daughter's efforts so they filmed our drop off).

While you won't catch me complaining about seeing Green Day, you can bet your ass I'll be tuning out if the stars go post 9/11 again and try to talk down to me with lit candles in the background. The last thing I need is stars telling me to be human!

11 Comments:

Blogger araider said...

if each "hollywood star" would donate a huge amount about 1 mill. that would be nice. they have millions upons millions of bucks and yet only donate like 50-100grand and they come off looking like they did something good.

5:00 PM  
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Blogger strider said...

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6:32 PM  
Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

"Even my 7 year old emptied her piggybank (and drew a picture for the victims)"

She didn't draw a picture OF the victims, did she? 'Cause that would be disturbing.

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6:39 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Araider - I think that everytime I see cribs. And is it really necessary to own 12 cars? Sorry, different rant there.

Gabriel - that would be disturbing. But no, she just drew herself. Not sure why though. I guess to represent she's thinking of them?

By the way, we did end up on the news for as long as it took the roving reporter news dude to say something along the lines of "several people came out to make donations today and this girl even emptied her piggybank to buy supplies". Which technically wasn't true. She gave the cash as a donation. But I guess it's all the same in the end.

Strider - better than SPAM - YUM! ;)

7:30 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I remember Rob Corddry on The Daily Show after one of the 9/11 fundraisers saying "I want a fundraiser to get Rob 4 hours of his life back!"

I thought it might possible to donate before a celebrity said to. Looks like you and your seven-year-old cracked the code,

7:30 PM  
Blogger strider said...

this is getting really f'ed up down there...

"At least seven bodies were scattered outside, and hungry people broke through the steel doors to a food service entrance and began pushing out pallets of water and juice and whatever else they could find.

An old man in a chaise lounge lay dead in a grassy median as hungry babies wailed around him. Around the corner, an elderly woman lay dead in her wheelchair, covered with a blanket, and another body lay beside her wrapped in a sheet.

"I don't treat my dog like that," 47-year-old Daniel Edwards said as he pointed at the woman in the wheelchair. "I buried my dog." He added: "You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can't get them down here."

The street outside the center, above the floodwaters, smelled of urine and feces, and was choked with dirty diapers, old bottles and garbage.

"They've been teasing us with buses for four days," Edwards said.

People chanted, "Help, help!" as reporters and photographers walked through. The crowd got angry when journalists tried to photograph one of the bodies, and covered it over with a blanket. A woman, screaming, went on the front steps of the convention center and led the crowd in reciting the 23rd Psalm.

John Murray, 52, said: "It's like they're punishing us."

The Superdome, where some 25,000 people were being evacuated by bus to the Houston Astrodome, descended into chaos as well.

Huge crowds, hoping to finally escape the stifling confines of the stadium, jammed the main concourse outside the dome, spilling out over the ramp to the Hyatt hotel next door - a seething sea of tense, unhappy, people packed shoulder-to-shoulder up to the barricades where heavily armed National Guardsmen stood.

At the front of the line, heavily armed policemen and guardsmen stood watch and handed out water as tense and exhausted crowds struggled onto buses. At the back end of the line, people jammed against police barricades in the rain. Luggage, bags of clothes, pillows, blankets were strewn in the puddles.

Many people had dogs and they cannot take them on the bus. A police officer took one from a little boy, who cried until he vomited. "Snowball, snowball," he cried. The policeman told a reporter he didn't know what would happen to the dog.

Fights broke out. A fire erupted in a trash chute inside the dome, but a National Guard commander said it did not affect the evacuation. After a traffic jam kept buses from arriving at the Superdome for nearly four hours, a near-riot broke out in the scramble to get on the buses that finally did show up."

7:36 PM  
Blogger Maine said...

What? You mean I had a chance to see what the elusive Sar looked like, and I missed it?

Curse you, TiVo! Where were you on THIS one?

10:15 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Sing me a Song but if you know not of what you speak, please shut the fuck up.
That is how I feel about celebrities.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Strider's absolutely right about how things are spiraling downward. The story that left me welled up watching the news last night was all the premies who had to die because there was no power to run the equipment necessary to sustain their fragile little lives. My heart aches for these people. And my brain burns with rage at the thought that this could have been prevented. No, obviously not the hurricane, but the subsequent flooding which is the root cause of most of this dire situtation now, along with the delayed federal assistance.

Meh! Okay, a little humor in all this. My daughter was complaining on the way home yesterday she was hot and thirsty and you know when 7 year olds get going it's like a broken record. So I told her that some of the people who we just made our donations for were sitting on their roofs outside where it was even hotter and had nothing to drink while they were waiting to be rescued. So what does she do? She asks me why we didn't donate a ladder to get them down.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

Doug - Rob is my fav on the Daily Show. I can't explain it, but he's just so damn cute when he's being funny or exaggerating an obvious point.

Maine - My guess would be your TiVo's trained on Sports Center. Too bad, I had a cute pink tee on yesterday!

Alice - Right you are. Some, like us, are very passionate about their convictions and take the time to educate themselves and take action without their PR rep arranging it. Like Angelina Jolie. Like her or hate her, she makes a difference. The others just need to stick to playing make believe.

7:48 AM  

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