15 Jan '12, 7am

Angelina Jolie Makes a Movie About War and Rape: Celebrities promoting good causes have become a tired cliché

Angelina Jolie Makes a Movie About War and Rape: Celebrities promoting good causes have become a tired cliché

Bono and AIDS. Madonna and the school in Malawi. Farm Aid. Celebrities promoting good causes have become a tired cliché — and now here’s Angelina Jolie not only engrossed in humanitarian work but also directing a movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, about the Bosnian War and violence against women, and making the rounds in Washington D.C. to promote it. The question is asked again and again, do these partnerships actually do any good, aside from creating an aura of good will for the already-famous entertainer/actor/pop star? In a recent essay, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof turns this notion of celebrities promoting good causes for their stardom’s sake on its head, writing that, celebrities are actually making a difference and especially when you compare their efforts to the likes of (for instance) our vainglorious Congress and other politicians (some of whom ...

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