With thousands of outlets in today’s society swarming with information about every single thing a celebrity does, often the bad actions see the biggest light. Between Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes, society is exposed to numerous bad attributes celebrities obtain through fame. Here’s something to showcase that celebrities can use fame for good! That’s right--they aren't all bad.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, who both star in the latest Spider Man movie, are the new power couple,
AND use this power for good. After realizing they had paparazzi following them, they took the opportunity to hold up signs for charities supporting cancer and needs such as education, mentoring, and health care for orphans. The signs say, "We just found out that there are paparazzi outside the restaurant we were eating in. So...why not take this opportunity to bring attention to organizations that need and deserve it? www.wwo.org and www.gildasclubnyc.org. Have a great day!"
J.K Rowling is known for her immense rise to fame and status with the Harry Potter series. The author makes so much money off the franchise that its estimated worth is around 15 billion dollars. After appearing on the “World’s Billionaires” list previously, she is no longer on the 2013 listing. Her absence is due to benevolent amounts of giving to poverty, multiple sclerosis, children's welfare and illiteracy organizations. She has also written 3 books that have raised around 30 million dollars for charities--Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. She is “Rowling” in kindness.
Beyonce teamed up with Goodwill on her latest tour “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”.
At each city they stopped at on the tour, Goodwill collected donations and proceeds of the sales that went to their organization efforts to help individuals in need get jobs. Ticket packages were also auctioned off with proceeds going to Goodwill. Beyoncé put her singing and dancing skills to use earlier this year when she headlined London’s charity concert for women’s rights, “Chime For Change”. Beyonce has remained an amazing figure for women’s rights and has shown the world that women can be strong and independent.
One Direction, aka the world’s beloved boy band, has recently collaborated with Britain's Comic Relief charity for the official Red Nose Day single, a cover of “One Way or Another”. A music video of this single was made featuring the highlights of their trip to Africa. On this trip they were able to see for themselves how important vaccines are to save lives, and at a small cost. Two million pounds were raised to help several people in Africa and the UK who are living in harsh conditions or poverty. In the US, the boys brought in $784,345 for cancer research.
Jennifer Lawrence changed the Hollywood mentality the minute she landed the role in the Hunger Games series.
She takes a new approach in the land of diets and starvation that is admirable and refreshing. She stated, "In Hollywood, I'm obese. I'm considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress that doesn’t have anorexia rumours!” and also said,”I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner.’ That's something I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed." She has become the role model girls need in today’s society, the one that tells them its OK to eat that burger (and fries).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, long time actor, created a website in 2010 called hitREcord that gives artists (writers, illustrators, musicians, photographers, etc.) the platform to showcase their work. All one needs is a camera or computer and the website is very accessible for people around the world. Once an artist puts something on the website, it can become a collaborative effort as everyone can build upon, edit, develop, etc. each others work. The for-profit company has had productions and work go on to tour, screened at festivals, and published. There is a new TV show called HitRecord on TV showcasing scripts, music, and even animation from numerous artists’ work from the website. Artists have been able to be exposed and inspired from such an innovated way that Levitt has created.
When there’s another celebrity meltdown on the front page of the newspaper, remember the numerous celebrities that are taking steps in the right direction for a positive impact on the world.