In the end, just another charity telethon  

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Trent Stamp of Charity Navigator has an article up about American Idol Gives Back, the charity drive and event sponsored by American Idol and broadcast on television last night.

I found myself cringing at times too. While I do believe the people involved wanted to do a good thing, I found it difficult to not feel uncomfortable when the kids were paraded out. It felt like they were coached at times and I believe one of the kids cried because he was embarrassed to be shown in such poverty.

I hope that their lives are better as a result. It certainly made me think more about my giving habits, but that was already something I've already been examining. I think Trent is right and that it won't make the public give regularly and permanently anymore than any other charity drive has in the past.

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