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Darfur, Joan Allen
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From: kizzybee Date: April 30th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't mean to criticise anyone but I find it a little strange that with what's going on in Darfur, we're focussing on Matt's clothes. Over 200,000 men, women and children are enslaved, raped, murdered and tortured there with the UN and the rest of the world powerless to do anything about it.

I guess it's true, bring a celebrity into an issue and it automatically becomes trivial. Marcia
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I 100% agree with you Marcia. It is a little strange to me also.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Marcia and Jess I see where you are coming from. It does seem rather crass to discuss clothes. However I think the point people are making is not actually the clothes but how Matt fitted it in with his working schedule. Nobody meant to detract from the situation in Darfur I am sure. Jan
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2007 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Jan, you're right. He's obviously very busy, but makes time to do the things that are important to him. He's not in front of the camera all the time and there are large chunks of his day when he is free to do other things if he wants to. He's never come across to me as the sort of celebrity who is obsessed with his appearance.

I think at some point there will have to be a debate about celebrities and the causes they embrace. I've been watching and reading the coverage of Madonna in Malawi very carefully and in almost everything I've seen and read the orphanage she's building and the children she's helping has received minimal coverage whilst there has been endless speculation about her. Anyway that's just my take on it. I'm pretty sure most people would disagree with me. Marcia

From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2007 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I understand exactly what you're saying; the point of Matt's involvement here is to show the world that we need to step up and DO something. You're absolutely right in reminding us of the appauling conditions that far too many people have to endure.

Having said that I'd like to say that those pictures were just, umm, ODD. Matt in costume, face looking like a mug shot, a dusty boot print on his left pant leg. The hourglass featuring what represents blood should NOT have orange edges. I don't know what the photographer was trying to convey with all this. It was more distracting than making the point in my very humble opinion. All I could think about was "wtf? why does Matt look like he's just had the crap beaten out of him? and why is that blood orange?" Not once did Darfur cross my mind and that makes me think the photographer missed the mark.


From: (Anonymous) Date: May 1st, 2007 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
At the risk of making myself the most hated person on this site thanks for your comments. The points you make are intelligent and insightful. Marcia
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