Skip to comments.AMrican Idol "Gives Back" charity. A COMMENT
Posted on 04/22/2010 12:32:12 AM PDT by neverbluffer
In watching American Idol this evening, something struck me that I wondered if others noticed.
Tonight was charity night known as American Idol Gives Back! Obviously, the goal is to give back and help others in need.
The show started off with a message from the Obama's.
One of the featured people in need was a single mother and children, one of whom was burned by a neighborhood kid.
While they were showing pictures of this family in need of financial assistance, I could not help but notice a CELL PHONE in the child's lap and a CELL PHONE EARPIECE in his ear.
Did anyone notice this? I am all for asissting people who need help, but dont tell me that you are that poor when you have a new cell phone in your hands and bluetooth headset in your ear!
Then, another family from California was shown. The father is a teacher in California. They showed the fanily in their home which did not look like they were poverty stricken, nice fireplace, living room etc. Was not a palace, but certainly not a home of a family in poverty.
How is someone on a teacher salary in California classified as poverty?
Am I wrong here?
I’m surprised you could hang in there once O came on.
I knew it was going to be all Kumbaya once I saw them on the show...
Just another bunch of Narcissists clamoring for attention.
I knew someone was going to shake their finger at the family of five - father a teacher, and a stay-at-home mother with three kids under 8. “They live in a house! They wear clean clothes! How dare they go to a food bank!”
Nice and judgmental of you, pal. Why don’t you do an audit of their house and taxes to see if they qualify for your “needy enough” certification. The parents said it themselves; They do what they can on a teacher’s salary, but with five of them being supported, sometimes they need some help. They never claimed to be in poverty.
Would you rather they raise 3 kids in a project? A Section 8 apartment? How about if they eat beans on toast every day? How broke do they have to be before you cut them a break?
They aren’t taking any of your tax dollars. They’re working and not on welfare. If they truly believe that the dented cans and stale rolls that they get at a food bank are helping them, then I, for one, am glad to see them get it. It was given in charity and accepted in a spirit of gratitude. If you don’t want them to get a “hand-out,” then don’t give a donation.
Or better yet, do a check to see if they are what you consider to be deserving.
Perhaps you do not want to believe that a math teacher with three kids can’t afford to pay his mortgage and buy enough food to feed the all. I can.
i wonder how much US celeberities are willing to give their own money for the poor
Yes, I dont think that is the definition of needy, especially when it is broadcasted all over the country for the purpose of donations from people in bad economy.
Im sorry, but if you can afford a cell phone, you aint that poor!
If you have a teaching job, you aint that poor.
Maybe not well off, but definitely not poverty stricken.
I laughed out loud when Elton John told everyone to stop AIDS and that Queen chick asked him what can we do. He stammered around in a awkward moment and then said buy and use condoms and be sure and get checked for HIV. I kept waiting for him to say , and you men out there, quit poking other men in the back side, but I guess he didn’t think of that solution. (solution not meant as a pun) LOL
If you have a decent roof over your head and food on your table, you should not be asking for handouts.
I have three friends, married, with kids this year that lost their houses. My son has come home from work in tears this year because he knows men eating crackers and peanut butter days on end for dinner. (And yes, we give away groceries). I’ve lived in basements with drippy pipes overheads and my kids sharing all one bed, with no heat and eating macaroni everynight. And I can’t complain because I have friends that were raised with dirt floors and beans every day of their lives.
I can’t believe what is considered poverty nowadays, and what people will ask handouts for.
I’m a newbie and all but I wish people wouldn’t get so mean on these threads ! “Pal” was just pointing out that one of the kids ( under 8 !!) had a cell phone and a blue-tooth.
Now THOSE are priorities for a struggling family!
Cell phones are free to anyone on any type of public assistance. They have a 60-minute per month limit, but they are free.
If that family is the worst example of needy in this country, we are doing pretty good. It must be because they are being featured on a telethon.
[eating macaroni every night...]
You had macaroni? I had to eat the box macaroni came in.
What and when did "American Idol" take things from people, that need to be given back?
He's a fag. What do you expect?
I live in California, and teachers I know make excellent money. Then again, it's expensive to live in this state. I didn't watch the show last night, but I wonder what this teacher's situation is? Was his pay lowered for some reason? When he and his wife chose to have the three kids, I assume they thought they could support them. What happened?
Feds or states funding this? I had no idea.
Here’s one program I found:
I’ve also seen organizations that collect old cellphones for refurbishing and donations.
Despite being down on their luck, some people still believe in dressing decently and keeping a clean house and surroundings. The “trappings” you see may have been acquired at a time when things were better financially.
It’s really easy to look at someone, think they’re doing just fine, and start pointing accusatory fingers when in fact they may be on the verge of losing everything. Assume all you want, but keep in mind that you’ll never really know the whole story about a family you see for a few minutes on a TV show.
Well, I have to say...their personal situation WAS none of my business...but that changed when they decided to “share” their “plight” and beg for a handout from ME. Now, it IS my business to question what their personal finances are like before I agree to subsidize them.
LOL! I remember a friend giving me packages of macaroni on the street, because she knew we had no food. So there!
Do you remember the old SNL skit with Gilda Radner, with the two Jewish women arguing over who got the cheaper blouse? One says she got it cheaper than the other, then one got it at a rummage sale, then one was PAID to take it away!
If anyone knows where that one is, let me know. I’d love to get the dialogue.
” I cant believe what is considered poverty nowadays, and what people will ask handouts for.”
They left out the middle eastern countries where many live in graveyards.... Egypt for example.....
The cell phones, video games on the TV don’t qualify as poverty stricken to me.
Also, I was waiting for any of the Uber $$$$ earners to state, “ and I have just given 1 million dollars ( a mere pittance of my annual take) to this worthy cause....”
I know someone who took in several Russian orphans just a few years ago. They grew up in a house with no windows or doors, and never had enough. When they first came to live here, I remember they would sit out on the lawn and just watch the house lights - they were so fascinated by a house that had electricity.
This link put’s us all to shame...talk about poor. Lol.
EI: ‘E was right. I was happier then and I had NOTHIN’. We used to live in this tiiiny old house, with greaaaaat big holes in the roof.
GC: House? You were lucky to have a HOUSE! We used to live in one room, all hundred and twenty-six of us, no furniture. Half the floor was missing; we were all huddled together in one corner for fear of FALLING!
TG: You were lucky to have a ROOM! *We* used to have to live in a corridor!
MP: Ohhhh we used to DREAM of livin’ in a corridor! Woulda’ been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woken up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House!? Hmph.
EI: Well when I say “house” it was only a hole in the ground covered by a piece of tarpolin, but it was a house to US.
GC: We were evicted from *our* hole in the ground; we had to go and live in a lake!
TG: You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road.
MP: Cardboard box?
MP: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o’clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!
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