Monday, September 05, 2005
Comic Justice

You would think that the entertainment elite would know when to keep silent, but Canadian born Celine Dion, who is living large in Las Vegas, suggested America should let the looters in New Orleans have a holiday of sorts from the law. She in essence says…… “Let them loot”
Here's a suggestion Celine; invite some of them over to your house and let them loot. You can take pictures of them for your scrapbook, if they don’t steal that too.
But the best of the week came Sunday when Sean Penn launched a rescue mission of mercy in New Orleans. I guess Hollywood is getting afraid that a lot of people are sending the money they usually spend on entertainment, sending that money to charities like the American Red Cross. They are also probably upset that they are irrelevant when there is a story of people helping people.
And well they should be worried, and quiet. If you missed this debacle with the super egomaniac Sean Penn, get ready to laugh yourself silly. Also if anyone finds a link to video on this comedy of errors, please post the link in the comment section here. I really want to see that video.

Sean Penn's rescue bid sinks
From correspondents in New Orleans05sep05

EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.
The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.
When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.
Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help."
With the boat loaded with members of Penn's entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?"
© Herald and Weekly Times

13 comments:

Blogger Jason said...

I hate it when celebrities get on their political soapboxes and self-righteously espouse their uneducated views. Although that normally includes Sean Penn, I am quite moved by his actions. He not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk. Not many people, celebrity or not, had the guts to go try and help people. Just because he is a celebrity and did not successfully float a boat does not diminish my admiration for his effort. I'm quite peturbed by your ridicule of his charity and accusing him of doing it to make money for his movies.

On another note, Celine Dion is an idiot. Her actual quote made on CNN's Larry King Live was:

"You know, some people are stealing and they're making a big deal out of it," Dion said on CNN's "Larry King Live," as she said she'd donate $1 million toward relief.

"Oh, they're stealing 20 pair of jeans or they're stealing television sets. Who cares? They're not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once."

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Blogger John said...

Hollyweirdos never know when to shut up or the lines they shouldn't cross.

Blogger Scooter said...

So in one post you give thanks to helping, then in your very next post you make fun of Sean Penn for trying to help. Isn’t that a little hypocritical? Could you at least applaud him for actually trying to help. He's doing more than 99% of the American population (myself included). Like Jason said above, he may be a Hollywood blowhard, but a least gets out and helps. I don't remeber you posting anything positive about him helping to build school in Iraq either. Although if one of those schools falls down, you'll be 1st in line to make fun of him again.

And not to defend Dion, but what exactly is wrong with people taking much need suplies that would be ruined anyways by the time the shop reopens anyways. Some people called them looter, I like to think of them as debris movers. Most woul have been thrown out anyways.

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Blogger web_loafer said...

Hey Scooter, the guy had a flak jacket on, and the boat was filled to capacity with journalists, and his friends.
He was trying to help........yes, help himself to publicity.
You can see this Scooter, anyway, I would have hated to have been one of the peons he had on the boat with him, when it sank....
This is funny, just at the time when we needed funny.

Of course. Celebrities always feel their opinion is more important -- by virtue of their celebrity status. Typical.

Blogger Jay said...

Ya know...most people don't give a rat's ass what celebrities think or do. For those who live in a TV world, and those whose world consists primarily of watching TV...I guess it means something. The rest of us could not care less.

Blogger booklover9191 said...

No one performs altruistic acts completely selflessly. They do so because they get a reward or the promise of one.

Sean could have "cut a check" like Celine will and made sure people heard. He chose, instead, to put himself out there in all the muck and try to help.

I can't fault him too much for making that choice.

Whether you all like it or not, celebrities more often than not have an impact on things...social, political, economical. They understand that in America...ANY publicity is good publicity...so long as people talk about it.

We're here all talking about it, aren't we. Well, we were...LOL.
booklover

Blogger booklover9191 said...

Sean's choice made some of us like him...a little bit more. That his effort failed publicly made some of us feel for him...laugh a little...but still feel for him.

None of that will be bad for him...and I bet he cut a check, too. Just didn't say so.

For those of you who harbour HATE for him just because he's a celebrity...get off it. Most everyone here is looking for celebrity. LOL!!!!

booklover

Blogger lpkitten said...

oh my god, i can't believe he had the nerve to try to help. what a jerk.

Blogger OTTMANN said...

Good post.

These "celebs" are a dying breed as their selfish hyprocrisy gets exposed more each day.

They're all just a joke playing to fools!

Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

It's a shame he wasn't holding an anvil! I will get home this weekend and begin to rebuild the homes of my relatives. Still don't know where some are. But I'm hopeful!

Blogger booklover9191 said...

You can't believe he had the nerve to help...? What the hell is wrong with you?

God bless anyone who tried to help...photographer in tow or not.

These people needed HELP. I am sorry his attempt went bad.

Web...you are a coward to not respond to this.

booklover

Blogger booklover9191 said...

I am so sick of this stuff...I won't be back. It is the blind leading the blind.

Well wishes, web.

I'm done.
booklover

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