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donnie_darko
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09 Aug 2011, 4:37 am

Is either starving African (never Asian, or Latin American, or whatever, it's always African) kids or cancer, especially breast cancer? I'm not saying they aren't worthy causes because they definitely are, but why so much focus, especially from Hollywood, on those two things? Aren't there tons of other causes equally worthy of support?

Not bashing people who donate to either it's great to donate to any worthy cause just wondering why the focus on African kids and cancer in particular. My theory about breast cancer is that a lot of female celebs get implants which cause cancer so in a way it's self-serving, and cancer charities in general are popular because it's such a common and visibly painful disease that everyone will sympathize because Grandma had it and lung cancer for example is mostly self-inflicted by smoking so people have less sympathy. About the African children, I think it's because people care more about helping kids than adults and Africa is well-known for its poverty and hunger.



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09 Aug 2011, 5:31 am

Erm, no it isn't. There are lots and lots and lots of other charities.

Old age charities
Disabled charities - and also specific disabled charities: autism; ME; MS; mental health; diabetes and so on
Children's (non-black/African) charities - NSPCC and the like
Alcoholism charities (and anti-alcohol/anti-smoking 'fake charities')
Obesity charities
Drug addiction charities
Women's refuge charities
Homeless charities
Youth charities
Anti-fatty food charities
Specifically Christian and Muslim charities
Internet censorship charities
Anti-prostitution charities
NHS (national health service)-derived publicly funded charities
Immigration charities
Gay advocacy charities
Charities for other charity groups
Climate change/AGW charities
Anti-free market/socialist charities
Environment/conservation charities

A lot of these charities I disagree with as a point of principle, largely because of how they operate, where they get their funding from and what they say.

There's no way that the likes of ASH and Alcohol Concern should be considered a charity, for instance.



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09 Aug 2011, 11:10 am

donnie_darko wrote:
Is either starving African (never Asian, or Latin American, or whatever, it's always African) kids or cancer, especially breast cancer? I'm not saying they aren't worthy causes because they definitely are, but why so much focus, especially from Hollywood, on those two things? Aren't there tons of other causes equally worthy of support?


My 11 years-old would reply this question for you. Because Africa is the poorest continent. Not even Latin America is as poor as Africa (and Asia is far better).