The people have spoken.
More people support Celebrity Apartheid Week than an apartheid week against Iran, North Korea or even Israel, the sanest state in the Middle East.
Why Celebrity Apartheid Week?
Why are these individuals placed upon a pedestal? What do they do that eclipses the contributions of doctors, medical researchers, teachers, rescue personnel or even the people on Dirty Jobs whose thankless and unbelievably gross tasks go largely unnoticed? Why are their opinions so seemingly well-informed and carry more weight than those whose job it is to know whereof they speak?
I honestly don't know why these mass-adopting, trend-setting, opinion-morphing "thespians" get a lion's share of our attention. It makes no difference to me how one does her hair or what she wore at some awards show no one watched yet, as the renter of the spotlight, these minutiae are somehow the threads that keep this country from falling into chaos.
There are actors who are damned good at what they do and I'm sure some of them are rather nice citizens but I still don't understand why they need and deserve the attention they get.
Case in point:
Actor Sean Penn is being honoured by a group of Nobel laureates for his relief work in Haiti following the country's devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Penn is to receive the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The event will be held in Chicago next month and is expected to draw such luminaries as Poland's Lech Walesa and the Dalai Lama.
Take a moment to soak that in.
The same man who called his former cast-mate "a pig", who pals around with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez , whose trip to Iraq was enlightening (but didn't like the criticism of it) and whose charity- J/P Haitian Relief Organization- received money from the World Bank and the Clinton Foundation- is being feted for his charity work.
He's "honoured", apparently.
More to come...