We Are the U.S.
February 15, 2010 by admncc
I was watching the Olympics on Saturday and a commercial aired featuring actor, Jamie Foxx. In case you missed it, he introduced the multi-station simulcast for the new “We Are the World” video. You can watch it here.
This “We Are the World” song/video is a remake of the one originally created for the “U.S.A. for Africa” campaign in 1985. LOL, I was actually in the fourth grade in 1985…
Anyway, don’t think I’m insensitive when I say this, but was I the only one wondering why it seems that celebrities rush to the aid of those abroad, while cities in the U.S. continue to suffer?
The sad part is that whether you’re watching the world news or reading something online, there are countless public interest stories daily about U.S cities that are bankrupt and citizens that are living below poverty standards. I mean, just drive around your own city. For example, I know there are ghettos around here , but there are ones that are far worse in other cities.
ABC News recently did a study on “America’s 10 Poorest Cities.” You can read it here. It mentioned cities such as Pine Bluff (MN), Albany and Macon (GA) and Rocky Mountain (NC), where most annual incomes range between $18,000 and $23,000 – with the lower echelon between $7,500 and $8,500.
I do realize that the situation in Haiti is unprecedented – hundreds of thousands dead and millions with nowhere to stay. But to be honest, I’d like to see some celebrities band together, set up a donation hotline, answer the phones themselves, dedicate nine hours of their time, pay for a TV simulcast, solicit corporate sponsors and write some big checks to benefit U.S. cities as well. While I appreciate what they’re doing and know that the people of Haiti do too, like I said above, I don’t think I’m being irrational in the way I think.
P.S. I realize it’s hard to get 100+ musical artists in the same room at the same time. And clearly some of last year’s most recognized talent was visibly missing from this performance. But as a side-note, if you look very closely in the back row of the video, you can see actors Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges. Are they singers???