Hey, have you seen our one billion photos of Golden Globe gowns? No? They’re here. I think we made it about 3 minutes into the broadcast before someone mentioned Haiti, and it was a pretty steady stream after that, and now everyone’s auctioning off their gowns to raise money for the earthquake victims.
Everyone from Meryl Streep to Drew Barrymore to Jason Reitman touched on the tragedy during their acceptance speeches.
Streep and many of her fellow Hollywooders, in fact, are using the event as a way to raise money for Haitian relief efforts, as “House” star Olivia Wilde told MTV News on the Globes red carpet.
“We’re not only here for ‘House’ and doing this for ourselves, but we are here for Haiti,” she said.
Wilde and her colleagues — including Streep, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, Amy Poehler and Jenna Fischer — are auctioning off their Globe outfits for an organization called Artists for Peace and Justice, with all proceeds going to help the people of Haiti. One hundred percent of the proceeds with go directly toward the relief effort.
“It’s a really cool thing and hopefully we can turn all this fashion coverage into something positive,” said Wilde, who wore a Gucci gown.
The 25-year-old actress traveled to Haiti in December to help build a school, which, according to Us Weekly, was destroyed in the earthquake. As Wilde and the rest of Hollywood gear up to drive donations toward the embattled island nation — including MTV Networks’ George Clooney-led telethon set to air on multiple networks and cable channels on Friday (January 22) — the “House” doc also emphasized that young people can pitch in to help, staging everything from bake sales to barbecues to raise much-needed funds.
Look, my heart breaks for the people of Haiti. I can’t stand watching the footage on TV, and I find the exploitative human-interest coverage on “news” sites like CNN repulsive. But my heart broke for the people of Haiti before this earthquake. It’s the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Those people have been suffering and starving for decades, but you weren’t texting in your $10 when they still had a port we could use to get food to them. I find it hard to believe that 100% of any money can go to helping these victims when we can’t get planes in, we can’t get boats in, we can’t get troops in and we can’t get doctors in, because the entire transportation infrastructure — what little existed in the first place — is destroyed. (The Economist has a great piece exploring this issue further.) It’s not that I don’t think we should help, it’s just that we’ve adopted this entirely false sense of national pride because we think that by donating $10 via text message we’re somehow getting food and medical supplies to these people. We are not. We can stockpile all the rice in the world at the Beverly Hilton — we still have to land a plane on a non-existent runway in Port-au-Prince and do battle with the starving crowds that greet it in order to actually get that food to those who are helpless. That’s the hard part. The ramifications of this tragedy are a lot more complex than we’d like to think, and it’s a matter for the military and the U.N. to figure out. Your angry rebuttals go in the comments.