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Forum Post: Brad Pitt comments re: OWS "I think what you're seeing in America is questioning a system that has not served us very well," the star said. "A system that, I mean for example, is defined for corporate lobbyists instead of the best needs for the people ...

Posted 12 years ago on Nov. 10, 2011, 5:27 p.m. EST by FedWallFedWellFedUP (183)
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"I think what you're seeing in America is questioning a system that has not served us very well," the star said. "A system that, I mean for example, is defined for corporate lobbyists instead of the best needs for the people and people are feeling screwed a little bit there."




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[-] 1 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 12 years ago

The rich and famous do not want to be seen as 'pigs' or go down in history as 'villains'. They want to be seen as 'heros' and go down in history as 'humanitarians'. The market for their product has become global. The fan base has become global. Therefore, the 'humanitarian' effort and 'good will' PR machine has gone global.  These 'humanitarian' efforts and 'good deeds' are not chosen to address the greatest need or injustice. They are chosen almost exclusively to appeal to the largest demographic for their respective commercial products. The largest fan base.  Efficiency or effect is of little or no concern. Its all about PR, marketing, image, and fame.

This is why the rich and famous have all taken up 'philanthropy' or 'good will' around the world. This is why so many have 'schools' or 'foundations' in their name. This is why so many play golf or appear on a TV game show for 'charity'. This is why so many sign motorcycles, other merchandise, or auction off their own 'personal effects' for 'charity'. This is why so many have TV shows with a 'charitable' gimmick. This is why so many arrange photo ops with wounded veterans, firefighters, or sick children. This is why so many have adopted children from around the world (Which they always pay others to care for full time. The hired professionals are sworn by legal contract to confidentiality. Not allowed to discuss or appear in public with the children they care for. Those 'photo' and 'interview' opportunities are reserved exclusively for the rich and famous 'adoptive' parents.). This is why every 'humanitarian' effort and 'good deed' is plastered all over the media worldwide. Its not about 'humanity' or 'good will'. Its all about marketing, image, fame, and PROFIT. This is why we are so often reminded of their respective 'good deeds' or 'humanitarian' efforts shortly before or after the release of their latest commercial product. 

Charitywatch.org and Charitynavigator.org are both non-profit charity watchdogs. Of all the well rated charities (about 1500) only three are closely affiliated with celebrities. Michael J Fox (not the primary donor), Tiger Woods (not the primary donor), and Bill Clinton (not the primary donor). That's three well rated celebrity foundations out of 1500. In general, celebrity foundations run like crap because they blow half the money on private jet rides, five star accommodations, and PR crews.

The fans have been terribly misled. For example:

Virtually every penny 'donated' by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to date has come from repeated sales of baby photos. With each sale, the baby money goes to the 'Jolie-Pitt' foundation. A foundation which has never done anything but shelter funds. The 'donation' is immediately publicized worldwide.     

When Jolie or Pitt have a new movie to promote, a portion is then donated from their own 'foundation' to a legitimate charity. This leaves their ignorant fans under the impression that 'another' donation has been made. When in fact, its the same baby money being transferred again and again. Another portion is blown on private jet rides, super-exclusive accommodations, photo ops, and PR crap. This saves Jolie and Pitt millions in travel/stay expenses and their respective studios tens of millions in advertising. It's all very calculated. 

Of course, Jolie and Pitt could simply endorse any of the 1500 most efficient and effective charities. Of course, the baby money would go much further and do far more good if it were donated to such charities to begin with. 

But that would be too boring. 

The 'Make it Right' Foundation took in over $12,000,000 the first year alone. Tens of millions overall. Brad Pitt has never been the primary donor, planner, or designer. He is a figurehead and salesman with a position on the board of advisors. Nothing more. Still, he has been showered with glorious praise by fellow celebrities and media outlets around the world. Again, the fans have been terribly misled. 

In order to move into a 'green' home, the innocent victims of Katrina are required to provide a property deed, meet a number of financial requirements, and pay an average of $150,000 UP FRONT. The difference is offered in cheap loans or on occasion (according to the website) forgiven. To date, only a few dozen former home owners have qualified. 

The 'Make it Right' foundation was never intended to help the lower income residents of New Orleans reclaim anything lost in Katrina. In fact, 'Make it Right' is part of a calculated effort to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward without them. Part of a calculated effort to raise property values in the area by displacing the poor. They are by design, excluded. Unable to qualify.   Of course, Brad Pitt could have simply endorsed 'Habitat For Humanity'. A well known, proven, and efficient home building operation. Of course, the tens of millions in funding would have gone MUCH further.

But that would be too boring.   Big name celebrities have no desire to make the world a better place. 

Their primary goal is to appear as if they do.

It's a sham. Good will has become big business.

[-] 1 points by ModestCapitalist (2342) 12 years ago

This post will be a little sloppy for starters. I will clean it up and repost a better essay later. I just want to get the discussion started on how actors and executives use the illusion of 'good will' to maximize their own profits. It's a complicated web of affiliation.

How do modern era celebrities get so incredibly rich? It's not as simple as making movies and selling tickets anymore. Major studios and TV networks are now owned by giant corporations which also own entities within other industries. Their strategies to maximize profits are more calculated than ever.

For example, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have had a special relationship with NBC for years. Countrywide and other banking entities have been sponsors. Not to mention Lowes, Home Depot, and Electrolux. But it's not as simple as selling ad space anymore. NBC is owned by GE. GE also owns at least one major production studeo and entities within the banking industry.

Giant corporations have been working together for years with major media outlets to increase profits. Part of their strategy has been to cross-market their products and services. Also to affiliate with celebrities and create the illusion of 'good will'. When in fact, the idea is to increase awareness and demand for every product and service provided within the umbrella of parent companies and corporate sponsors. New Orleans is known worldwide for it's unique culture. Tourism has been big business in the area for decades. Make it Right is now affiliated with Hyatt Regency. A high end hotel right next to the New Orleans Stadium. There is already a giant dual promotion planned for next spring. Ellen Degeneres (NBC juggernaut) is going to play a major role in this dual promotion. Housing, the related financing and home improvements have also been big business for decades.

If the Lower Ninth Ward is redeveloped with fewer poor people, property values will be increased along with profits made by all those affiliated with Make it Right. The web of affiliation with Pitt, NBC, GE, Hyatt, Lowes, Home Depot, and the banking industry is sprawling to say the least. The operation has also been used to promote at least one 'home improvement' TV show that I know of. Holmes on Homes. I don't recall the network but the show is designed to sell more high end home improvements. It's all very calculated.

I'm telling you that good will has become big business.

If any of you have some more shady details, I'd like to read them.

[-] 1 points by FedWallFedWellFedUP (183) 12 years ago

Brad Pitt has worked tirelessly for the People and victims of Katrina and blighted districts in New Orleans -- a student of architecture and a proponent and enabler of smart housing and solar efficient housing which aims to reduce average utility bills from $300 to $30.

[-] 1 points by Rico (3027) 12 years ago

Wow! Brad Pitt said that ? Then I'm on board !

Who can QUESTION Brad Pitt's qualifications as a Socio-Economic commentator ?

[-] 1 points by brooce (65) from Minneapolis, MN 12 years ago

Funny-not served US very well-wtf? Limolib trying to be down with the peeps. Disingenous.

[-] 1 points by barb (835) 12 years ago

Brad Pitt is a great actor and so what if he is rich, he did earn it without corruption.

[-] 0 points by pinker (586) 12 years ago

Why should he make such a disproportionately larger amount of money than a trash collector?

[-] 1 points by dugfmjamul (101) 12 years ago

Mr. Pitt is correct the current system does not work for the 'We The People', but 'Democracy' evolutionary forces has transformed the original system into the current system that benefits the corporate lobbyists.

If our Representatives honored their oath office and actually practice Republicanism vice phoney baloney democracy we wouldn't be in this mess.

The Framers never 'framed' our current system..democracy has...

[-] 0 points by pinker (586) 12 years ago

Pitt went on to comment, in a seeming allusion to OWS, that those protesting a system need to have answers, too.

"And so the most important thing is really, not just getting swept up in the fervor of a fight, if you're feeling marginalized and frustrated, sometimes the release of a fight can pacify for the moment," Pitt continued. "But beyond that, really understanding the details, really understanding the systemic problems, and you can't stop there, really looking for solutions. And if your'e going to say one guy's bad, you've got to back it up with this is how we fix it."

He seems here to be saying what most others who are doubtful of this movement: you can't just pitch a fit, you have to say what you want and work towards it.

[-] 0 points by RexDiamond (585) from Idabel, OK 12 years ago

Brad Pitt is an embarrassment to Okies everywhere.

[-] 0 points by steven2002 (363) 12 years ago

It is absolutely amazing how you can justify any one or anything if you feel it furthers your cause. You people are absolute morons.

[-] 0 points by Rob (881) 12 years ago

Yea, being a millionaire sucks. those billionaire bastards are greedy pricks. He gets a lear jet, they get a G5. He gets a Bently, they get a Rolls. Life has been so incredibly unfair to him.

[-] -1 points by hahaha (-41) 12 years ago

And then he gave away all his movie star money, right?