Not everyone is buying into the purity and all-around-goodness of those lads and lasses putting their massive carbon footprints behind Al Gore’s publicity stunt — I mean his noble efforts to save the planet by raising awareness of climate change. Yeah, that’s it. The Daily Mail in the UK is also skeptical of Live Earth. (BTW, what the heck is Madonna wearing in that picture???)
Here’s the money quote:
The Live Earth event is, in the words of one commentator: “a massive, hypocritical fraud”.
For while the organisers’ commitment to save the planet is genuine, the very process of putting on such a vast event, with more than 150 performers jetting around the world to appear in concerts from Tokyo to Hamburg, is surely an exercise in hypocrisy on a grand scale.
Matt Bellamy, front man of the rock band Muse, has dubbed it ‘private jets for climate change’.
The Daily Mail is giving these performers way too much credit. Efforts like these are designed to show how much the performers care about the environment without actually making them do anything significant to sacrifice luxuries or change their behavior to match their rhetoric. There are a few exceptions to this, but very few walk the talk. And why should they? It’s great being rich and owning expensive toys (or so I’ve heard). If you can mute all that guilt all the rest of us are supposed to feel by buying bogus carbon offsets and buying a hybrid as your second car, bully for you. But unless you are willing to back up your preaching, there’s no reason for us to buy what you are selling.
All that said…The Police can still rock, and they proved it in their set. I just wish that they didn’t have to share the stage with that amateur political commentator Kanye West.
Tags: Live Earth, hypocrisy