Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I Am Incredibly Self-Absorbed

So, I guess Africa is the hot target for celebrity noblesse oblige.

NYT:

And Paul Theroux, a writer who served in the Peace Corps in Africa in the ’60’s, cautioned against ennobling oneself through grandiose gestures there in an Op-Ed article in The New York Times last December.

“Because Africa seems unfinished and so different from the rest of the world, a landscape on which a person can sketch a new personality, it attracts mythomaniacs,” he wrote, arguing that Africa needs to cultivate its own saviors.

But, said Morgan Binswanger, a former liaison between performers and philanthropies for Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles: “There’s self-interest and there’s enlightened self-interest, and the fringe between the two is gray. I think those that step forward and really carry out enlightened self-interest move an agenda.”

4 comments:

Flannery Alden said...

Good God! I don't know what is more disturbing: that picture or the concept of enlightened self-interest.

What ever happened to not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing with regard to charitable acts? Hollywood. Sheesh.

Chris said...

The caption should read "I am an insufferable twat who could single-handedly wipe out hunger in Rwanda and still have enough to gas up my Bentley, but I won't. Instead, I'll put my mug on some poster so that people who think I'm cool will pony up for me."

yo sisters cube mate said...

What can we expect from someone who saddles their kid with "Apple"...

vikkitikkitavi said...

FA: Maybe you didn't see the part where the person who coined that phrase (enlightened self-interest) was a former CAA agent.

Splains a lot.

Chris: I think her marraige to Chris Martin pretty much took care of the "cool" thing.

YSCM: Holy Christ, that's the least of her crimes. I mean, have you seen "Duets"?????