So, even though I swore I wasn't going to do it....I watched "Idol Gives Back".
Don't get me wrong, a show that raises that much money and actually does something with it is amazing. My problem is I am left feeling SO INCREDIBLY SAD and PISSED OFF. Asking myself why?
Why are children being orphaned by the millions by AIDS? Why do children in AMERICA not have access to books, medical care, FOOD when I know people who spend more on a handbag than many Americans make in a month. That the same bag could buy 200 mosquito nets.
Why am I so incredibly blessed and more importantly, what is my responsibility to share my blessings? How do I go about it? Is $10 or $20 or $1,000. really going to make a difference?
When I call the local food bank to volunteer, why don't they call me back?
How did Annie Lennox physically walk away from those 4 orphaned brothers in Africa? Did Simon leave the family in NYC a check for six figures when he left their tiny apartment? Did Miley and Billy Rae Cyrus buy that family in Kentucky a new home for the $120K she probably made in the last 5 minutes?
Now let me make it clear, I am not knocking these celebrities. It was obvious that Annie was in physical pain to leave those boys, she probably hasn't slept well since. And, I know both the others mentioned are using their celebrity to draw attention to the issue. And, when someone really steps up, like Drew Barrymore and gives a MILLION dollars, or starts a movement like Bono or Brad Pitt, I take notice. Otherwise, really, in comparison, a celeb donating $25,000 is like me donating $250. Not enough to be tooting my own horn on national television.
While I was watching the African mother holding vigil over her baby dying from malaria, I had a simple revelation: "That woman loves her son as much I love Will. How is her heart still beating?"