Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Late and Not Better

In a comment to this post, The London Fog's most tireless comment crusader Sorehead from the UK sums up the "scandalous lateness of the Hollywood efforts in New Orleans:"

Only now are we seeing Oprah Winfrey berating survivors at the Superdome through a loud hailer, and Sean Penn proseletysing about the lack of effort going into the rescue,and I have to wonder what took them so long to arrive,why only two, and why B-list superannuated nineties castoffs?
I really don't have anything to add to Mr. Sorehead's comments - now that the military have essentially stabilized New Orleans, the vultures swoop in for some cheap publicity on a sinking rescue ship with an environmentally unfriendly plastic cup.

From the National Post:

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Sean Penn bales water out of a boat with a plastic cup as he and members of his entourage make an attempt to rescue stranded people in New Orleans. Efforts by Penn foundered badly Sunday, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak. Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.
Moonbeam gazing John Travolta made a slightly better showing, despite inadvertly making an argument for a capitalist system:
John Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, flew in their own private jet yesterday to deliver five tonnes of food for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Travolta, an experienced pilot, flew the supplies to Baton Rouge, La., then toured the flooded city of New Orleans and visited rescue workers and shelters for evacuees.

[..] The star of Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction told Agence France-Presse he was co-ordinating with Oprah Winfrey to get even more relief for the more than one million people affected by one of the worst storms in U.S. history. "That's our job today," he said. "We're hoping this time we're effective."
Hopefully this time, the recipients of Oprah's charity won't have to cough up the income tax.

Update: Where's Bono?