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NiteStryker

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#1 8 years ago

Celeb-Filled 'Digital Death' Campaign Is DOA - omg! news on Yahoo!

It appears the organizers of a Hollywood campaign to raise money for AIDS in Africa either overestimated the popularity of the celebrities they used -- or what their fans would be willing to donate to get them back on Facebook and Twitter.

The nifty campaign by Alicia Keys' "Keep a Child Alive" charity launched on Wednesday (World AIDS Day), declaring that Hollywood would die "a digital death" until a casket full of cash was raised.

"The world's top celebrities are sacrificing their digital lives to give real life to millions of people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India," the campaign states. "That means no more Twitter or Facebook updates from any of them. No more knowing where they are, what they had for dinner, or what interesting things are happening in their lives. From here on out, they're dead. Kaput. Finished."

Celebrities including Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Justin Timberlake, and Elijah Wood all took part in the campaign -- many posing "dead" in caskets for the cause and recording video statements before their figurative demise.

The organizers promised that when fans donate more than $1,000,000, "everyone will be back online and tweeting in no time."

As of 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, however, just $70,000 had been donated -- meaning unless Seacrest's fans come up with $930,000, the "American Idol" host and the rest of the "dead" celebrities won't be tweeting for the foreseeable future.

(UPDATE: As of 7:30 p.m. EST Thursday, the total is $180,950 -- still more than $800,000 shy of their goal.)

GOOD.

All of these smug celebrities who think we are desperate to follow their lives are hopefully knocked down a peg. Hell, I hope they stay off for a looooong time.

I wonder who is going to break the charity promise first and start tweeting / facebooking again before the money is made.




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#2 8 years ago
No more knowing where they are, what they had for dinner, or what interesting things are happening in their lives. From here on out, they're dead. Kaput. Finished.

Oh god, no.

I'd pay for them to stay 'dead.'




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#3 8 years ago

Don't these famous people usually complain that everyone is invading on their privacy? And yet they post all those details on the internet? Whatever. It is for a good cause, so they can do whatever they want with their accounts as far as I'm concerned.

If they really wanted to get some money they'd have to hit their fans where it hurts though. You want to see The Hobit released before 2015? Well then better send a cinema ticket's worth of money to the Red Cross.

If any famous person reads this, I offer my services in charity consulting for a modest fee.




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#4 8 years ago
(UPDATE: As of 7:30 p.m. EST Thursday, the total is $180,950 -- still more than $800,000 shy of their goal.)

That's all right. I'm sure between them they can drum up the rest of the money pretty easily.




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#5 8 years ago

Here I was thinking that each of those celebrities could donate $1,000,000 of their own money for the cause anyway... or are they already doing that?




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#6 8 years ago

Nemmerle;5432664Oh god, no.

I'd pay for them to stay 'dead.'

:agreed

More people should join the cause so they can either get some privacy or we can be rid of them.




NiteStryker

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#7 8 years ago
Alakazam;5432843Here I was thinking that each of those celebrities could donate $1,000,000 of their own money for the cause anyway... or are they already doing that?

No, they arnt. But we dont get paid exhorbent amounts of money just for making a sex tape and having more plastic parts than a barbie doll, so we should shell out what little money we have, with the motivation of knowing what Ryan Seacrest is having for dinner.




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#8 8 years ago

$200,784 as of right now, they'll reach it as it looks to be open ended, although the sluggish pace makes me laugh.

However, I have a couple of thoughts after looking at the website. First, the celebrities that actually cared enough to pose in the coffin compared to the ones that just lent their name to it is interesting, and what is worse, the fact that people are donating to get their celebrity tweets back or the fact that KCA thought (and are probably right) that this was the best way to get people motivated to donate to help fight AIDS in Africa?


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#9 8 years ago

i have never thought that would be so expensive... South Park Seasons 1-13 DVD




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#10 8 years ago

It actually didn't inconvenience Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan anything to participate in this because they were in rehab anyways.:p