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Speaking of Celebrity Involvement..!

George Clooney was arrested outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. as part of a protest!!!! An article and video can be found here! 

 

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3 responses to “Speaking of Celebrity Involvement..!

  1. Alana Tiemessen March 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Clooney testified to the foreign relations committee about Sudan the other day. He’s so far proven to be fairly knowledgeable on Sudan’s crises. He’s part of an interesting project that uses satellites to monitor govt human rights violations: http://www.satsentinel.org/

    What do you think?

  2. Alana Tiemessen March 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Foreign Policy has a good post on “celebretarian intervention” that lists the major celebrities and their causes. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/16/celebretarian_intervention?page=full

    From what I’ve heard it seems like Ben Affleck’s program in the Eastern Congo has good street cred among aid workers, human rights and Congo experts, etc. for doing good work and not putting all the attention on Affleck himself.

  3. aojustice2012 March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Just checked out the “celebretarian intervention” post – very interesting. They seem to all be coming from different… angles of intervention? I’m not sure that’s the most accurate phrase here, but what I mean to say is that as described, Affleck and Clooney both seem to be directly involved in ‘Situational’ areas, with the term “situation” here used as it is in the context of the ICC. They’ve developed specific, personal expertise. Cheadle, Kristin Bell, and Ryan Gosling all seem to have alined themselves with specific NGOs. Sean Penn’s involvement in Haiti seems to be an excellent example of a bridge between these two approaches. Then we have celebrities like Oprah, Angelina Jolie, and Madonna all seem to have attempted using individual clout to influence situations. Regardless of expertise they do or do not develop, their entire pitch seems to be, “I care, therefore you should, too.” Danny Glover seems to be in an entirely different role, they mention he has ‘stepped into the role of statesmen…’

    …I have gotten the impression that among celebrities who attempt to use their status as influence they are generally perceived as much less effective in procuring change. A notable exception to this is Bono – why is the public perception of his humanitarian efforts so much more favorable? Natalie Portman is also generally viewed favorably – is this because of the perception that they have a developed personal expertise? Or some other reason? Also – would the answer be different, based on the ‘publics’ own level of knowledge of an issue area?

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