Charity is all well and good, but sometimes you have to question the motives of celebrities and the real reasons they go out to places like Africa. Take, for example, Lindsay Lohan's upcoming trip to Kenya to work with AIDS sufferers, as reported by FemaleFirst.
Pop star Lindsay Lohan will take time out from her burgeoning singing and film career to help AIDS sufferers and poverty victims in Kenya.
The 19-year-old will fly out to the East African country with charity organisation One Campaign after she finishes work on new John Lennon movie Chapter 27.
Meighan Stone, a spokeswoman for the campaign, tells MTV, "As with Brad Pitt and other celeb visits, it'll likely focus on where America is helping make a difference to save and change lives."
Lohan is slated to visit local schools and clinics during the trip, although travel dates have yet to be confirmed.
Okay, so here's the problem I have. This report is nothing more than a PR boost for Lindsay. Not only does it make her look compassionate by "taking time out from her career" (of what, partying, sex and drugs?), it also pushes her new movie.
But here's the kicker, if you read closely, you'll see that this whole thing is not even intended to make a difference in Kenya. As the article states, "it'll likely focus on where America is helping make a difference to save and change lives." So it's just propaganda.
Think about it. How many people in Kenya know who the hell Lindsay Lohan is? I'm sure they're the same people who watch the Oscars and the Superbowl, right? It's all about making people forget that instead of paying for AIDS research, and dropping third world debt, all anyone wants to do is send celebrities with nothing better to do to countries where no one even knows who they are. Wow, that's sure to cure AIDS.
And now, here are some pictures of Lindsay Lohan. What, you thought my righteous indignation would last longer than that?