"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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."
Heaven help the people Kim Kardashian decides to support.

(Image: Mother Jones)



Blogger Gomatracien said...

Right on the money. Thanks Texas.

Thursday, April 08, 2010 5:49:00 AM


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