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feature : word on ths street
March 21st, 2006
Word on the Street : Celebrities and Poverty

“What do you think of celebrities like Angelina Jolie and musicians like Bono and Chris Martin who are championing for global equality and an end to poverty?”

Tatin, 22
If you don't have the money to back it up and you have the kind of status that could back it up, you shouldn't say anything. I mean, your face means nothing if you're not making a contribution. I do respect Angelina Jolie a little more because she did adopt two kids. Other than that, money is what talks.
Steven, 24
I feel it's publicity because it takes money to oil those wheels and help the poor. And if you're not going to give the corporate world a piece to [fight poverty] then it's not going to be taken seriously. Economics is the major institution in America right now. Everything is money. It takes money to fight the poverty situation. If [celebrities] back it up by getting into lobbying to change these situations, then I think they're serious.
Janice, 24
I believe that it's good for celebrities to bring awareness to these issues. But I don't think it's enough. [A lot] are just lending their name, they're not actually [committed]. There may be a couple actually committed. In the frame of all celebrities, I think that they should donate money and just do more.
Kristen, 23
I think most of them are probably sincere. I think it's a good thing for them to use their name for good. But at the same time, if I'm watching the Academy Awards, I don't want to hear people's take on politics or world problems.
Kari, 18
I think it's a good thing. When you're a celebrity people listen. It doesn't mean you necessarily have anything to say, but people will listen. So, I think it's good that people like Bono and Chris Martin are doing these things. Yet, for instance with the Live 8 concert. It was great, but with all the tickets being free, you actually do need money to fight poverty. You can't just push the cause itself. But as a celebrity I do think that it's good that they are pushing these causes. But I think it's really good of them that are taking action.
Sheri, 24
I don't know what my opinion on that would be. I think some are sincere and others are not. I don't know them so I don't know who to gauge who's sincere and who's not.
David, 18
I think it's good that a celebrity actually is doing something. If I wanted to go out and do something, nobody knows my name, so how am I going to get all of these people to support me. But when you're in the lime light all of the time, people always know what's going on. So, you may more easily get people to back you up and unify to bettering societies. It's definitely easier if you have that. People are going to follow you because you're something.

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