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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Saint David

"Saving these children's lives is a top priority for Unicef and as an ambassador I hope I can help to draw attention to this issue across the world"


These are the words, not of Kofi Annan, or Mother Theresa, or even Bob Geldof. They are the sombre musings of that other great humanitarian of our times, David Beckham.

But wait . . .

Exactly whose attention is he trying to get?

Is there anyone on the fucking planet that DOESN'T know that people die in Africa from things like starvation, war, disease, etc etc?

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that he's deciding to do a bit for charity, but I also think he damn well fucking SHOULD do a bit for charity! This is a man who gets paid $1 million dollars a week. A WEEK! But spending 4 days in Sierra Leone? Nah, that's just not good enough, Dave.

Becks and his missus are worth an estimated (and probably a conservative) £112 million, so have acquired enough folding to see them through their lives, and probably through the lives of their kids, in the lifestyle to which they have become oh so accustomed.
If he really wanted to help Unicef, an organisation which is deserving of as much help as possible, he'd say "Right, I'm fucking loaded. How about from now on I donate all my wages and sponsorship earnings for the next decade?"

Overnight, he'd become a lifesaver a thousand times over, he'd possibly start a celebrity trend worth having for a change, not just rehab and handbag dogs, and he'd certainly do a lot more good than just visiting a war-torn African nation for 4 days, posing for photos with cute little orphans, and spouting rehearsed charity propaganda.

Like him or loathe him, but Bill Gates of Microsoft fame has the right fucking idea. Money. It's sad to say, but it's all about money. You have too much cash Dave, give some away you media whore.

I give a monthly donation to the charity 'Riders For Health'. It's not a lot, but it's what I can afford. They do a great job under difficult conditions. They get money, I get a clean conscience, everyone wins.

Preach to me when you're actually doing a bit, you ignorant cunt.


Jaggy said...

Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. These "VIP's" take precious time out of their busy schedules to pose for photos with the freshly washed, sweet smelling, not quite as starving as the rest, non fly-infested kid that the charity bosses have grabbed to stick in front of the cameras.
These "VIP's" could, with that sort of money make a real difference to something, I'm not just talking about Africa, it's up to the individual what rings their bell. But 50% of the Beckhams cash could eradicate a disease, could build a new water treatment plant, could irrigate a country, could feed millions, set up a national after school club system to keep kids off the streets.
I'm not just talking about the Beckhams obviously, but that arsehole Bonio, Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt etc etc.

Of course, we're all full of great ideas for how other people should be spending their money. They are of course perfectly entitled to stick up 2 fingers and give fuck all to charity.

Oli said...

Agree with you on this, theres a publicity stunt every other day from celebrities in Africa, who more tan likely put their feet up in a 5 star near slave labour waged hotel, sipping on champers after a gruelling day posing with kids.

Gates is going along the right lines, Bono however is a twat of the highest order. Telling everyone else to donate, asking us to sign over 5% of our wages to the charities every month. I'ld like to see that cunt lead by example.