Sunday, July 08, 2007

Madonna: Hiding strawberries behind fine words

Madonna has, apparently, been so upset by people constantly pointing out she produces 100 times as much carbon than the average, that she decided to issue a statement defending herself. We presume she sent it the Independent On Sunday because it's a smaller paper with a low readership and so requires less trees every Sunday:

Yesterday, so stung was she by the criticism, that she released a statement to the Independent on Sunday pledging to take substantial steps towards meeting Live Earth's guidelines for its star performers. "Madonna's agreeing to sing at the Live Earth Event is merely one of the first steps in her commitment toward being environmentally responsible," said her New York spokeswoman. "She is educating herself and her family and has begun to make changes around her that reflect her awareness and concern for the future of the planet."

Even for a vaguely-worded press release, that's pretty lame response.

Even the Sindy suggested that Madonna's self-education has a way to go:
Clearly Madonna has not got off to the best of starts. Instead of the eco-rider suggested by the organisers - the 49-year-old's dressing room demands for last night's Wembley concert reportedly focused on full-length mirrors and strawberries.

Undeterred, Live Earth organisers are offering Madonna carbon coaching to help her become greener. She is being encouraged to talk about her personal motivation and inspiration but warned that "speaking out comes with responsibilities - you must do more than what you ask others to do".

No wonder they were trying to find someone else to close the show.

[Thanks to James McCabe for the link]


M.C. Glammer said...

"changes around her that reflect her awareness and concern"?

She's got a lot of changing to be aware and concerned about:

Anonymous said...

As always, Madonna is again hand-picked by media for her actions!
For god's sake, she is a hard-working woman, put on the most successful tour ever in 2006, visited many countries. Yes, she used her private jet for these trips, and her carbon footprint would be 400 tonnes! Does media ever look at other celebrities who make same amount of air travel but not for work, instead vacation! How many times did we read about celebrities hopping on a jet to go to Las Vegas for a party, or a trip to an island, private jets involved in Eva Longria's wedding..
Yet, it is always about Madonna!

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Ahem... I don't know if you noticed, Anonymous, but Madonna was heading up quite a high-profile event encouraging us all to be more aware of our impact on the Earth.

There was no need for her to use private jets on the last tour - twelve times more polluting than regular flights - and what about the nine houses?

It's always about Madonna because, if you're going to lecture people on their use of fossils fuels, you better at least be making an effort yourself.

M.C. Glammer said...

So Live Earth was really a huge success, because all the preachy popstars had their awareness raised about their need to shut their hypocritical mouths and do something about their own crimes against nature.

Madonna should've written a song called, "Hey Me."

The sad thing is it'll be her ego that's been hurt by the criticism, not her conscience. She's exactly the type of star who'll boast about offsetting by buying carbon units from the poor people rather than making any serious attempt to reduce her own corporate culpability.

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