Katrina Telethon to Air Friday

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Benefit producer won't edit political statements - Katrina hits entertainment

He's received assurances from all involved that there won't be any more political outbursts like the one from Kanye West during the NBC telethon. As the producer says:

"I think people understand that politicizing this will certainly not be a smart thing to do as far as inspiring people to call in and rally around this cause," he said

Which is precisely the point that many of us made as well. Trying to divide people unnecessarily (and wrongly) down racial lines in the middle of an event designed to bring people together to help others was stupid, and I'm glad that this event shouldn't be marred by any more grandstanding.

The list of stars scheduled to appear is impressive: Dixie Chicks (who have their own issues with injecting unsolicited political opinion inappropriately), Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock and Sela Ward are all slated to appear along with many others.

It's only supposed to be an hour long, so I don't know how they're going to fit in all that talent within the timeframe. It's a worthy cause to be sure, so make sure you set either set aside the time to tune in and donate, or - if your schedule is limited - find another time to make the call to give your time and/or money. These folks need our help...


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