it's all about them
Dave Gilson at Mother Jones has up an awesome, interactive map of celebrity humanitarian claims in Africa. Money quote, from Madonna's publicist: "She's focusing on Malawi. South Africa is Oprah's territory."
There's also a nice timeline detailing the history of celebrity attempts to "help" Africa from Band Aid to Bono, as well a sidebar of quotes from celebrities about what Africa did for them. Things of which I was blissfully unaware/had managed to forget until now:
- "After visiting diamond mines in Botswana, Kim Kardashian blogs, 'I used to assume after watching the movie Blood Diamonds [sic] that diamonds were not acceptable to buy from Africa. However, it is the complete opposite!'"
- "Viral video sensation: Salma Hayek breastfeeding a Sierra Leonean baby."
- "Naomi Campbell says she's planning on starting a modeling school and rehab clinic in Kenya."
(Image: Mother Jones)