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NiteStryker

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#1 13 years ago

While reading Bill O'Reilly's column, he mentioned that he and George Clooney have a bone to pick with eachother.

During the aftermath of 9/11, Clooney participated in a telathon to raise money for victims. Well, when money didnt go where t was supposed to, O'Reilly said that Clooney and other participating celebrities had a responsibility to ensure that the money they raised went to where it was supposed to go. Clooney disagreed.

NBC is doing a telathon this weekend for the tsunami victims, and people are going to watch where the money goes.

So I ask you...

Do you believe the celebrities that help raise the money have a responsibility to make sure the money gets to where it supposed to go?




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#2 13 years ago

If I was Clooney I would feel cheated that my good name was used as a front for a scam. It is up to the organisers to ensure the money collected is correctly distributed.




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#3 13 years ago

But you dont think the celebs who participate should make sure the money is going where they said it was?




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#4 13 years ago

I see what your getting, but what can they do? Perhaps if a contract is drawn out and signed, they could sue, but what if it was done on good faith? I don't know the behind the scenes details, so I really can't comment too much.

If I participated in a fund raising event, I'd be right royally pissed off if the organisers pocketed the money. However, short of punching them on the nose, there is very little I could do.

I only donate money to registered charities, such as the Red Cross. I wouldn't give any money to a celebrity fundraiser.

edit: To answer your question directly; they have a moral obligation. Otherwise it's "just not cricket".




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#5 13 years ago

but they could talk check up on the money...at least they try then...but if they just shrug it off and say 'hey its not my fault', thats kinda cowardly




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#6 13 years ago

not just celebrities everyone who has given any amount of money has the responsibility, and the right to enquire how the money has been spent




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#7 13 years ago

agreed yoda. They agreed to help in the event, they should ensure the money goes where the event says it will.




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#8 13 years ago

I am actually fairly neutral on this issue. I would, no.1, not raise money for any cause unless I could be assured, one way or another, that the money itself would be going toward it's due cause. No.2, as Big Daddy mentioned, I would never allow myself to be put on the defensive side of such a scam. :angry:

It is none of O'Reilly's affair and he has no right to judge Clooney on the method by which he chooses to handle the business that he involves himself in. I cannot vote yes or no on this, because I do not believe that the issue should ever be brought up as it is. It is up to Clooney and his associates to collaborate between themselves what is to be done with the money.




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#9 13 years ago

This topic isnt about O'Reilly vs Clooney its just a generalization.

And O'Reilly reported on it because it was news, so it IS his affair....

But the question stands as a broad question, not just specific




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#10 13 years ago

To add to my comment, it comes as no great surprise to be that an antagonistic, arrogant newsman looking for primarily show ratings such as O'Reilly has decided to make a case of this. :vikki:

NiteStrykerThis topic isnt about O'Reilly vs Clooney its just a generalization.

I know, but we cannot make such a generalization about all famous people who decide to raise money for a certain cause. It depends on the situation. However, in a case of this type, I think that it is up to both Clooney and those working with him to distribute the money to see that it goes where it is intended, not either him or them.