I don’t own a television, so I didn’t watch the Oscars last night. I did, however, catch glimpses online of some of the gowns worn by the actresses, and some of the jewelry also worn. I believe it was Helen Hunt who wore a dress off the rack from a department store, but also wore $700,000 in jewelry.
Okay, I’m sure you all think this is another harangue against the wealthy but it really isn’t. I have nothing against people who have a ton of money. I really don’t. This is a capitalistic system of supply and demand, and as long as the public demands movies then actors and actresses will be paid ridiculous amounts of money to perform.
The same with sports stars. Their wages begin with you attending and you buying the team merchandise. As long as sports fans do those things, then athletes will be paid huge amounts of money, and that’s how a market society works. Again, I have no problem with it.
I do, however, have a problem with those entertainers and professional athletes who do not have a social conscience. There are some actors like Matt Damon who put the full weight of their prestige behind a humanitarian effort and I applaud them. There are other entertainers who cannot spell humanitarian and to those I say shame on you.
We are all in this together. Just because I have found the simple life, and just because I do not live on the streets, and just because I have a home and loved ones, does not give me a free pass when it comes to those who are suffering and in need of basic comforts.
I have the highest admiration for people like Bill Gates and his wife, who have literally spent billions of dollars to help the world’s poor. I have zero respect for the rich who could care less about those who are suffering.
As my friend Melanie says, “what the hell is wrong with those people?”