2/23/2015 0 Comments
Really, the title of this post is all that is required to understand the ridiculousness of the subject matter.
The morning after the Oscars, it’s always entertaining to hear about or read something quirky that occurred the previous evening surrounding the Academy Awards. Usually, it’s something that happened on stage, what one of the winners said, what one of the presenters did or how long past the five hour mark did the bloated extravaganza go. Not this time.
I nearly choked on my Cheerios when I read the dollar value of one of these “gift bags” that some of the nominees get: $165,000. Each. In US dollars. What?! What a waste to give millionaires even more money – for what? For showing up? For being lucky to be showcased in probably the most self-gratifying ceremony on earth? I can think of 10 more worthy causes than already-rich celebrities to give $165,000 worth of “stuff” to. How about Habitat for Humanity; the Cancer Society; the Red Cross; Oxfam; World Vision; WWF; Greenpeace; an animal shelter; a food bank; the Alzheimer’s Society.
The losing nominees in all the acting categories and best director all receive these outrageous bags. The IRS cracked down on these opulent giveaways a few years ago. If I was a B or C list movie star with a substantially lower salary than Meryl Streep, I’d think twice before I’d accept one of these “gift bags”.
Who do these people that vomit this extravagance think they are? How does giving over-priced stuff to millionaire celebrities make the world a better place? If you want to make a statement and promote your “stuff”, do something worthwhile like make a donation to a worthy cause instead of a worthless cause. It smacks of elitism and only results in the people with their heads screwed on straight to ignore your products because your self-serving attitude smells.
I can just see Marion Cotillard going on a $12,500 luxury camping trip. Can’t you? Give me a break. The people who run the Oscars are not affiliated with these gift bags, yet they allow the company that does to affiliate themselves with the Oscars. I don’t get it.
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