Apparently, no one sent the L.A. Times a copy of the guest list for Tuesday night’s celebrity telethon.
In an article covering the “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” event for recovery efforts in Florida and the Houston area, the paper appears shocked the likes of George Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, or Beyoncé would turn a charity fundraiser into a platform for political statements:
Here, it was President Trump’s controversial views on immigration and climate change that served as a surprising subtext for the standard do-gooder messaging and the calls for viewers to donate money to folks in desperate need.
Surprising? Anyone who remembers Kanye West’s “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” claim at a similar event in the wake of Hurricane Katrina should not be surprised. Neither should anyone who remembers Beyoncé’s racially charged homage to Black Lives Matter, Malcom X, and the Black Panthers during last year’s Super Bowl.
During a video recorded for “Hand in Hand,” Beyoncé had her own Michelle Obama “proud of my country for the first time” moment because of people actually helping others without regard to race:
Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.
Failing to observe her own role in promoting the narrative of racial division, the singer then turned environmental activist:
The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day. Just this past week, we’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India and 8.1 earthquake in Mexico and multiple catastrophic hurricanes.
Unlike 2005, Kanye West was not on hand to go off script. However, Steve Wonder, did kick off the event with a lecture saying:
Anyone who believes that there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent.
Not exactly “standard do-gooder messaging” as the L.A. Times would put it.
Regardless, “Hand in Hand” has raised over $44 million for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma since airing Tuesday night. Millions in Florida and Houston still face a long road to recovery and there are several organizations that are providing assistance without the politics. 2ndVote encourages our readers to consider making your donations to organizations that best reflect your values. Here is a list of some of the best options: