What is it about these people? They just don’t know when to keep quiet.
Actor Sean Penn and singer Celine Dion each tried to help the victims of hurricane Katrina in their own way, Mr. Penn by trying to rescue stranded residents, and Ms. Dion by donating a hefty $1 million. Both efforts deserve our respect and our gratitude.
Too bad they didn’t stop there.Take 1: "We were pulling drowning people out of the water, it's the ultimate distress and human
suffering ... dead bodies,” Mr. Penn declared. “There are people that are dying right now and I mean babies and old people and everybody in between - they're dying. There are people dying and (the US government are) not putting the boats in the water, I think that's criminal negligence. I don't think anybody ever anticipated the criminal negligence of the Bush administration in this situation." (That’s the cleaned-up version. The original sound bite was rifled with stuttering and uncertainty. It’s a good thing someone write his lines for him in movies.)
Mr. Penn’s efforts to aid New Orleans victims suffered when the boat he was using in a rescue attempt sprang a leak. He had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's floodwaters, but forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the boat, which began taking water immediately. Mr. Penn was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.
Take 2: Celine Dion pledged $1 million to the Katrina victims. "There's people [sic] still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not acceptable," she yelled. "I know they have reasons for it. But I don't want to hear those reasons. ... How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our country."
"You know, some people are stealing and they're making a big deal out of it," Dion said on CNN's "Larry King Live." … "Oh, they're stealing 20 pair of jeans or they're stealing television sets. Who cares? They're not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once."
So, bash the President of the United States, who had nothing to do with the hurricane and wasn’t responsible for disaster planning and evacuation, and justify stealing TV sets and jeans at the same time???
God bless Hollywood.