Monday, November 29, 2010

Celebs to 'die' electronically for World AIDS Day

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

So, here's the deal: A bunch of celebrities are planning to "die" electronically — i.e. they won't use their social media accounts — this week until we little people donate a million dollars to their current charity of choice: AIDS research.

But wait, that's not all: They'll also get plenty of publicity through a series of sexy photo and video shoots. And, no doubt, people will be checking in with them electronically — and "friending" and following them — to make sure they're keeping their word. Keep in mind, most of these yahoos don't manage their own social media accounts, so they're not actually giving up anything.

Here's a better idea: All of those spoiled, rich folks should each donate a million dollars instead of begging money from average folks right before the holidays during horrid economic times.

Note: I'm not suggesting you withhold contributions to charities. I am, however, suggesting you donate to the causes of your choice for the right reasons, not because some pretty, famous chick tells you to.

Here's more on the fundraiser from The New York Times:

On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian is going to die a little. So is her sister, Khloé, not to mention Lady Gaga, David LaChapelle, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Serena Williams and Elijah Wood.

That day is World AIDS Day, and each of these people (as well as a host of others — the list keeps growing) will sacrifice his or her own digital life. By which these celebrities mean they will stop communicating via Twitter and Facebook. They will not be resuscitated, they say, until their fans donate $1 million.

“Dry your eyes, everybody,” Ryan Seacrest, the “American Idol” host and another participant in this cyberstunt, says in a videotaped “Last Tweet and Testament” that will be posted on his Facebook profile — and appended to a final post on Twitter — sometime after midnight on Tuesday night. “I don’t plan to be dead for too long.”

He adds, “Please buy back my life.”

Read the rest of the article, by Amy Wallace, here.

Learn more about World AIDS Day, which is Wednesday, Dec. 1, here.

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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