The Weekly Gripe

Guilt tripped by celebrities that endorse charities

OK so if I mention this word I'm sure it's going to be controversial, but I'm going to say it anyway. CHARITY!  Well my gripe is NOT with charities as such but rather with celebrities that endorse charities.

Now don't get me wrong, if I was a pop star or a footballer or whatever and a charity I'm close with asked me to help them out, I'd be happy to oblige.  We can all be cynical and say it's all free publicity but if it raises £25,000 for the local hospice, hey why not?

Credit to Ronan Keating.  Although I loathe his music, I saw him talk about his mother who died of breast cancer and how he got involved in helping them raise awareness. I am saddened to hear of his mothers death and think that if he helps save other peoples lives then fair do's good on him, but the ones that get me are Bono and Geldoff.  Do I really need someone worth about 150 million quid telling me how bad poverty is?

Pictures taken in Uganda, Africa.

Do I really need someone worth about 150 million quid telling me how bad poverty is?

I actually support two animal charities and that's due to my interest in their welfare, not because some has been rock star made them seem trendy.

I walked past a disabled man in a wheel chair today collecting for some charity and I gave a quid; it's all I had on me actually.  I do wonder though if disabled people are not 'trendy' enough for celebrities to endorse?

I'm sure there are many well meaning celebrities that do support other charities but the media seems disinclined to cover them.  Maybe blind babies aren't that fashionable these days!

It all seems to be AIDS and Africa that seem to get all the celebrity status.  All these glitzy bashes are done for these causes, but is this because they genuinely care or is it just another chance to prove to the public that they exist.

If Bono REALLY thinks that poverty should be made history, why doesn't he give all his money to charity and get a proper job like the rest of us. Let him struggle for a while trying to buy a 3 bedroom semi with a mortgage.  Maybe then he would understand why some people genuinely believe that 'charity begins at home'?

By: Tarka the Impaler


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Janey

How can the Beckhams donating their old unwanted clothes be seen as generous? I am on the minimum wage and donating money that I can barely afford. They could donate at least one of their multi millions without it causing them the slightest financial hardship. Get real people and see it for how it is.
23rd Nov 13 05:11

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MikeP

Sad to hear that. 'A good bloke', as they say.
29th Oct 11 03:10

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Cynical Bob

Why are some people poor? Why are show business people rich? Why is royalty rich? Why is the church rich? Why are politicians rich? Why are business people rich? Please these are only general questions that go through my mind, I ask them knowing that there are exceptions, they are not invitations for harseholes to give red herring answers. The major problem I have with this site is the red herring answers.
19th Mar 11 01:03

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Cassandra

Did our 'charitable' country not give £455 MILLION away just a few days ago to one of our european neighbours? I'm for charity, I support animal charities as animals don't have a voice. Celebrities don't have a blinking clue about really being charitable, Ricky Tomlinson gave £1 million to a charity and didn't make a song and dance about it at the time, because he wanted to help and not get publicity. Why aren't we sending money to the poor souls in Japan or the children of Africa as tonight's programme was trying to get us to INSTEAD of sending money to a country that hates us and wants us dead!? David Beckham blew £3.4 MILLION on a bracelet for Victoria a few years ago, the entire continent of Africa could have lived on that for a good while let me say that much. Either practice what you preach or shut up rich cos I'm sick of hearing you sing the same song about helping the less fortunate every year when you clearly don't do it.
19th Mar 11 12:03

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Ravishing Redhead

My gripe is about charities.My hubby & myself have several standing orders set up,mainly for animal charities but recently I'm becoming increasingly sick & tired of them sending me letters asking me for more donations.I'm also starting to wonder how much exactly of my donations are actually going to the cause.I have been told that by setting up a standing order/direct debit reduces their costs but yet they still send out further begging letters.Also they send out ridiculous Christmas cards,tacky decorations & address stickers etc.How much of donations have been spent on them?As much as I love animals I am considering stopping some of the donations being sent to them.No,we aren't heartless,we've given more than £2,000 over the last two to three years,but this really gets to me because we're thinking to ourselves "Aren't our donations good enough?".One famous animal charity recently asked us to switch to direct debit instead of sending them cheques,which we did,within two months they wrote to us asking us for another donation to their cause & at the same time they sent us a silly calendar.Another one wrote to me saying that they had recently written to me asking for a donation & would I send them one when in actual fact I had already sent them one at that time! I felt really insulted.Some of these charities think that you are a bottomless pit.Anyway I'm glad I got that of my chest.Thank you!
3rd Mar 11 05:03

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Bank-Bank

I honestly don't see why celebrities can't just donate money like the rest of us and leave it there. what's the point in doing all these T.V. interviews and broadcasting about giving a charity 1,000 dollars. having an article about you in the newspaper or in a magazine. Oh, so and so donated 1,000 dollars to a charity that helps disabled children, that's mad unneccesary. talking about it here and there doesnt make you any better then the other people who donate money but don't care to become famous about it; the popele who actually do it from there heart and do it because they want to help somebody who is less fortunate then them themselves.You should not feel good about yourself if the only reason you give money to a charity is to become more famous or to make sure that people haven't forgotten about you.
28th Dec 10 02:12

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Teehee

It makes me laugh when a celeb is the nations sweetheart because of charity work and her cure little family awwww.......then they get caught up in assed scandal with premier league footballers or hookers and then we forget how much charity work they have done and concerntrate on the bad lol!
9th Dec 10 11:12

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DSG

Never before have advanced nations said to third world countries: We know that you're in a real mess, that your people are starving, that you appear incapable of supporting any kind of beneficial government, that you are liable at the drop of a hat to pick up a weapon and massacre your neighbours, that you are ruled by corrupt violent and greedy men - so here's a shedload of money!
6th Nov 10 11:11

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Maria

I work at a drop in centre as a volunteer. What I wonder about is who pays for the admin people who organise things. Also my friend works for the Stroke Association as a secretary, who pays her wages? If these are charities how come they all have good salaries/ Can anyone answer my query?
30th Apr 10 12:04

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jknkjbnkvnklgjh n,mnghklhj ktklgjklcvmglxkxfgmjklgjhklgmjghthere should be no need for charity for in this country, if the powers that be would distribute the wealth that we have in abundance , but is misdirected into fighting illegal wars .and their own nest feathering, then charitys would cease to exist. im sick of seeing celebs seeking publicity from their association with the charity industry. you can call me a cynic but I believe that if bob geldof had had a succesful pop career at the time of live aid in the 80s then he wouldnt have bothered with putting together that concert. he has become a sir by his own egotistical publicity drive,(( something which he should never have accepted from a regime that is directly responsible for the slave trade, exploitation of 3rd world countries, and the british working class.) anyone with any integrity would never stoop as low as to shake hands with presidents , prime ministers or royalty , all of which are the mafia in disguise along with the petrochemical industries and the freemasons. funny how theres never a telethon for mental health charities, its always for kids or cancer, no celeb would go near something like MIND for instance, wouldnt do their career any good being associated with nutters would it ?
19th Apr 10 02:04

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Pedro Rocks!

I agree. Why don't celebrities just donate money like all the rest of us and leave it there. Don't have to go on tv, preach on the radio and do a special report in the newspapers. Celebrities just do it for the "Look at me aren't I good person" accolade. Just donate in your own time and leave it there.
14th Apr 10 08:04

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bob

there should be no need for charity for in this country, if the powers that be would distribute the wealth that we have in abundance , but is misdirected into fighting illegal wars .and their own nest feathering, then charitys would cease to exist. im sick of seeing celebs seeking publicity from their association with the charity industry. you can call me a cynic but I believe that if bob geldof had had a succesful pop career at the time of live aid in the 80s then he wouldnt have bothered with putting together that concert. he has become a sir by his own egotistical publicity drive,(( something which he should never have accepted from a regime that is directly responsible for the slave trade, exploitation of 3rd world countries, and the british working class.) anyone with any integrity would never stoop as low as to shake hands with presidents , prime ministers or royalty , all of which are the mafia in disguise along with the petrochemical industries and the freemasons. funny how theres never a telethon for mental health charities, its always for kids or cancer, no celeb would go near something like MIND for instance, wouldnt do their career any good being associated with nutters would it ?
21st Nov 09 06:11

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