bill-swift - May 15, 2006
Well, you can now add another celebrity to the list of stars doing not really that much to help the world. Naomi Watts has been named as a special United Nations envoy on HIV/AIDS, according to Yahoo! News, and has recently joined a UNAIDS mission to Zambia where she visited clinics, hospitals, schools and shelters.
UNAIDS said that in the role, Watts would "use her talent and profile to raise AIDS awareness and give greater voice to the needs of people living with HIV worldwide."
Watts said she was "humbled and inspired" by those she met.
"I only hope that, as a UNAIDS Special Representative, I can do my small part to raise AIDS awareness and to encourage greater international support for the vital work being done on the ground," she said in a statement.
Now, don't get me wrong, I think it's good that celebrities try to do their best, but this is really just a way for the UN to show that it's trying to raise awareness for AIDS, rather than actually raising awareness. Though I guess it does raise awareness indirectly. Ultimitely, it's a PR stunt, but I guess, as PR stunts go, it's as noble as they get.
Of course, if Naomi Watts really wants to raise awareness for AIDS, I think wearing see-through shirts like this one could be a good starting point. Because as everyone knows, nipples are a great way of getting attention. She may not raise awareness, but she'll definitely raise something.