Shaken Not Stirred

Friday, June 23, 2006

What About The Others

My aunt came over the other night because my uncle wanted to watch the basketball game in a crowded room (Miami vs Dallas). She really isn't intrested in basketball, so in a different room of the house, she watched Anderson Cooper's interview with Angelina Jolie. She kept exclaiming how great Jolie was for braving the dessert, living out there, sharing her fortune with those in need. She said that she had read articles of how Jolie didn't wear make-up or dressed up, that she became one of the people--she got her hands dirty and even carried some of the malnourished infants and shook hands with the "people". I think the title of the interview was "The World's Greatest Mother".

I'm not trying to discredit Jolie's works, her humanitarian efforts to make this world a better place. But why does she get the title "World's Greatest Mom" just because she is one of the most recognized cinematic figures. What about the "people" who have dedicated their lives to helping those "people" in need. Why don't they get a shot at the title or an interview with Anderson Cooper? How about the people who have spent their whole careers serving organizations like Doctors Without Borders or the many other charitable organizations. Why aren't they considered great? Why is it a sacrifice for Jolie, but a career/volunteer work for the other people.

It almost diminishes the work done by the other less known workers of charity. I'm sure there are countless other philathropist who remained nameless because to them it was an honest to goodness charitable deed. I'm not saying that Jolie is not doing this for charity's sake, but why do superstars get more recognition for their work. This is the reason that I scrutinize the charities that use celebrities as their poster face, rather than real people or real cases.

I don't know why it irked me, but it did.

P.S. I really do think that what Jolie is doing is honorable. But there are others who are just as dedicated too. And I do respect her efforts to end hunger and poverty.


  • I completely agree with you. I guess they're just going with who will give the best ratings.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 8:41 PM  

  • Ha... I was surprised when I pulled up your post. I just wrote one about Jolie, too, but from a different angle.

    And, I agree with you - great post.

    By Blogger JJ, at 10:33 PM  

  • i agree in a way, but i feel that angelina jolie has been put into such a visible position and used her fame and fortune better than most other celebrities in the same situation. the fact that she has used her advantageous situation in life (her visibility, beauty, money) to bring awareness to world humanitarian concerns is certainly commendable.

    sorry i've been mia recently. i'm moving into a new apt.soon and have been busy. hope you've been doing well :)

    By Blogger joey♥, at 11:58 PM  

  • Just dropping by to say hi !!
    Have a great weekend, Angel.
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 3:04 AM  

  • i personally think that some celebs encourage camera entourage's, and some dont'. i think the ones that do, such as that tomb raider woman, are doing it to toot their own horn. i believe that a good deed done does not need to be advertised. the less you advertise it, the more it means. if you are making it well known, your motives will be in question.

    as for her being the worlds greatest mother? let her spend the day with an ADHD child, trying to get their homework done while they whine, flop on the floor, and make your life a living hell, and then we'll talk. especially when you do manage to get them to do the work, then the teacher accuses you of doing it for them. but then if i was jolie, i'm sure the teacher would not even consider accusing me of that. and just because she got her hands dirty doesn't make her a freaking mother theresa. get over it people. she puts her pants on one leg at a time, she even has brown skid marks in her thong form her day in the desert with no maid to wipe her ass. now there, i've gotten carried away. and look whats happened. my bitterness has shown through. sorry. won't happen again.

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 3:23 AM  

  • our obsession with celebrity diminishes even the good things celebrities do. it somehow makes everything cheap, with those Greatest Mother, Most Beautiful Family in the World, titles.
    I think Jolie is really genuine in what she does. It's us, (not us as in me and you, people in general) who make it look as another career move.

    By Blogger Chloe, at 3:51 AM  

  • I totally dig your sentiments. There are many people who do thankless jobs or do voluntary work in charities and their profiles are not publicised. Publicity is for celebrities and unfortunately, the world loves celebrities. In a way, having Jolie raise issues is good because there are people whose only reading material is "Hello!" are now aware of those issues?

    Still, it's not fair, celebs get them all!

    By Blogger missy, at 10:08 AM  

  • I agree with you but her fame
    captivates the world and
    therefore draws much
    needed attention and change to
    this the plight of our world...

    like Bono - if you have a
    gift - (her fame, in a manner
    of speaking) and use it to
    effect change or awareness...
    that is beautiful -

    it helps bring more attention
    to the millions of other
    people also dedicating
    their time and compassion
    and care to this situation...

    By Blogger Maddy, at 12:35 PM  

  • I agree Angel.

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 1:05 PM  

  • Angel i agree with you,they're
    called unsung heroes.Angelina
    hasn't been a mother long
    enough to say whether she's
    a good mother or not.Wait until
    they become teens to determine

    By Blogger michele, at 2:09 PM  

  • I'm with Joey. She has used her situation to make a difference -- and not in an annoying, preachy way like many other soapbox celebrities. A.J. has spent YEARS getting to know the ins and outs of refugee issues, so kudos to her.

    Of course there are better mothers and activists who have done more for their causes. But are any of them also the oft-voted Most Beautiful Woman in the World? There's the hook!

    -- david

    By Blogger David Amulet, at 2:18 PM  

  • Thanks for the laughs-that's worth recognition! Heroes are everywhere.

    By Anonymous Babette, at 2:47 PM  

  • Jolie~ wank wank wank waa waaa....
    we don't even want 2 go there....
    st. threse she certainly is NOT!
    she's just a wanker.....

    By Blogger starbender, at 3:15 PM  

  • Angelina is just another self absorbed rich girl doing any and everything in her pwer to show the world just how fabulous she thinks she is.

    By Blogger Ruben, at 8:11 AM  

  • I am 100% with you...

    By Blogger LBseahag, at 10:13 AM  

  • Jolie's a nut job. That's certain. But it is nice that she actually gives a shit and donates some of her outragous salary to good causes.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 10:26 AM  

  • It is like how I am overlooked for People's 50 Most Beautiful People because I am not a celebrity, bullshit!

    By Blogger Big Ben, at 8:52 PM  

  • I think that they get so much recognition, becuase usually, celebs are so concerned with making so much MORE money per movie, that to do anything selfless, is utterly shocking, and must be recognized, because if it isnt, they wont do it again, and they'll pout about it.

    "Hm...why isnt anyone patting me on the back for all this 'do-gooding' ive been doing??"

    By Blogger Princess Pessimism, at 11:08 PM  

  • that's the thing...

    no disrespect.. but for people like your aunt, this is the way they see that people can make a difference, and i hope it prompts ordinary people to do the same...

    know what i mean ?

    By Blogger madame P, at 9:36 AM  

  • So true - there are thousands of faceless people who deserve more credit, but they probably do not care for celebrity status. There are like efficient machine parts - they make less sound, do their work in silence and hence go unnoticed.

    On the other hand celebrities like Jolie help attract world attention to a cause. Its an example of how celebrity power can be used for betterment.

    The title of World's Greatest Mom is really crass though :-)

    By Blogger Wriju, at 11:52 AM  

  • Jolie didn't choose the title "World's Greatest Mom" -- the news program used that as a title, and yes, it's remarkably crass. The media industry is a bunch of bullhooey, but I think what she's doing as an individual is great; if I had celebrity and a boatload of money, I hope I'd be so inclined to use it for the benefit of others. And I'd love to hear about less-famous people working for good causes, too -- hey, Anderson, ya hear me? Interview a few unknowns! :)

    By Blogger kimber the wolfgrrrl, at 12:49 PM  

  • besides did you see the place her and brad stayed at... not shabby.

    By Blogger DayByDay4-2Day, at 3:30 PM  

  • I have the exact same complaint about this situtaion adn was even ranting about it just yesterday. It's a shame that we hold her up and glorify's easy to go and visit an impoverished country for a few days, but the real heroes are the people who are working in the trenches everyday without the slightest bit of recognition. They stay to continue the work long after the cameras are gone.

    By Blogger Etchen, at 4:36 PM  

  • i see what you mean..but i think that is why she does what she does, because she knows being a celeberty will bring light to certain issues. let's face it, sex sells....sad, but true.

    By Blogger vani, at 8:49 PM  

  • I've seen a quote...& I don't know who said it...but it's something like...real charity is done anonymously.

    By Blogger Chick, at 12:43 AM  

  • You know, I'm a medical student too, and the Angelina thing irritates me a whole lot as well. It bugs me in a similar way that the hype around Lady Diana did, and the hype around Bono still does. See, these people are good - it is admirable that they've used their fame and wealth to good ends, that they've actually done something for the rest of the world with all that they have earned. And they have earned their status - I'm sure they've worked really hard to get where they are. But the question always remains: would these people have been the humanitarians that they are if it weren't for their privileged position? there are so many people out there who didn't make the decision to pursue fame or wealth, but instead chose to devote their lives to people who needed them. Where's all the hype around them?

    By Blogger Karen Little, at 4:38 AM  

  • I agree with you on this. Angelina Jolie is raising awareness of the starving children, but there are others that are more deserving.

    By Blogger Lucy Stern, at 6:23 AM  

  • Im glad that she is...but it certainly doesn't make her more honorable than those others that were mentioned...

    She def. has recieved alot of media attention which gives her good doings...(word?) more attention..

    By Blogger Cari, at 9:51 AM  

  • I guess the whole purpose of blogging is to elevate the faceless.

    By Blogger Gyrobo, at 10:18 AM  

  • i always thought that society was screwy with regards to values.......celebrities like movie/tv stars, athletes etc. get paid a ridiculous amount of money while teachers, doctors, nurses etc. don't even get close to that.
    as far as who contributes more to society, that question answers itself.

    so lets pay a ton of $ and give recognition to celebrities, YAY for them! LOL!


    By Blogger mollymcmommy, at 12:44 PM  

  • I think that at least she's making an effort. sHe could be totally worthless (like Britney) and spend all her money on herself. They aren't required to do things and I think she genuinely does it to help. I agree, though, that celebs are used too much over the common person who gives just as much (if not more). I've always had an issue with is. I think mine started with Magic Johnson and AIDS. I hate when all of a sudden a celeb is involved and the world begins to recognize a problem that's been around for years. Maybe if a celeb brings awareness to Darfur the world will do something.

    By Blogger LostInTX, at 2:13 PM  

  • Yup, you said it perfectly.

    By Blogger Tai, at 4:57 PM  

  • It's like when Kid Rock says "No, the US soldiers are the REAL hereos." Really, if they're the real heroes then why are you banging Pam Anderson and they're not. It is all relative. Angie gets all the hype becasue most movie stars don't do it. I hate all that shit anyway.

    By Blogger White Dade, at 5:06 PM  

  • Not true..Britney has charities!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 11:50 PM  

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