‘We Are the World’
First time farce, second time . . .
Feb 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 22 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
After 9/11, there were concerts to raise money for the victims—few of whom seemed to need money. In 2005 came “Live 8,” followed in 2007 by Live Earth. By this point, concert organizers had given up the pretense of raising money, instead claiming they merely wanted to diddle the public’s consciousness. (About Third World debt forgiveness and global warming, respectively, in case you’ve forgotten.)
It’s difficult to pin down exactly what such shows accomplish. The money raised is always minuscule in relation to the problems at hand. Put together, the proceeds from “We Are the World” and Live Aid wouldn’t be enough to save Chrysler, let alone the African continent.
But maybe it’s not really about the actual dollars and cents. The producer of Live Aid, Mike Mitchell, noted:
Entertainment Weekly reported on the travails of caring with a sequence of vignettes from the “We Are the World” recording session:
Now we’ll be subjected to this rubbish all over again. Surely the people of Haiti have suffered enough.
Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.
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