Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato donated $1 million of their own money to the relief effort in Japan. Sandra Bullock sent her donation to the American Red Cross this week to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
“This contribution is vitally important as the Red Cross works to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need for so many people in Japan,” the relief organization said.
Overall, the American Red Cross has raised about $47 million in the United States since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan last Friday. The U.S. organization has passed $10 million of those donations on to the Japanese Red Cross for work on the ground in Japan, it said.
Not sure whether or not Lovato’s million went to the Red Cross but there’s a good chance it did. Whatever the case, Demi went a step further and stood around LA holding up a Japanese flag with “Please Help” written on it in an effort to get fans and oglers to donate.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times asks why Japan’s natural disaster hasn’t generated the kind of fund-raising other disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti have. You’d think more celebrities would be jumping at this considering how much money they make from their films, TV commercials and print ads in Japan. For example, Softbank Mobile once paid Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz $1.7 million each to star in a campaign.
“Where’s Julia Roberts? Where’s George Clooney? Where’s Jamie Foxx? Where is Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt?” asked another Hollywood honcho.
The efforts so far haven’t matched the celebrity outpouring that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and South Asia, the Haiti earthquake or the Darfur tragedy.
“[Stars] all make millions from those commercials for liquor or cigarettes that only air in Japan and in Asia and are never seen in the U.S. … Plus Japan is one of the largest markets for our films. Stars love to run over there to promote movies. They should now be doing everything they can to help those people in this terrible time of need,” added the second source— who requested anonymity, “since I may work with some of those actors in the future, and don’t want to piss them off.”
That’s a good question. You don’t see people like Sean Penn rowing a boat in Japan scooping up water with a toy pail or pitching a tent and claiming to live there for an entire year.
Although that’s not to say no one has donated. Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 set up an eBay auction selling memorabilia, Lady Gaga is selling bracelets she designed and raised $250,000 already, Jack Johnson donated expected profits from his canceled Japan tour and Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park is designing and selling t-shirts.
Don’t forget Charlie Sheen as well. His two live shows are projected to fetch $300,000 and he’s donated $7,500. Wait, what? Oh.. right. He’s broke with porn stars to support.