Celebri­ties drum up hur­ri­cane re­lief - and warn on cli­mate

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Top names in en­ter­tain­ment Tues­day raised mil­lions of dol­lars for sur­vivors of mega-storms Har­vey and Irma, with Ste­vie Won­der and Bey­once also urg­ing at­ten­tion on cli­mate change. Dubbed “Hand in Hand,” the one-hour telethon was broad­cast live on all US tele­vi­sion net­works with mega-stars from Ge­orge Clooney to Justin Bieber to Ju­lianne Moore an­swer­ing phones to take pledges. Af­ter an hour of per­for­mances in New York, Los An­ge­les, Nashville and San An­to­nio, comic Billy Crys­tal said the telethon raised $14.55 mil­lion with more ex­pected as calls came in. to­tal. Ste­vie Won­der opened the evening with a ren­di­tion of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” backed by a gospel choir as urged “love” rather than di­vi­sions. “We should be­gin to love and value our planet, and any­one who be­lieves that there is no such thing as global warm­ing must be blind or un­in­tel­li­gent. Lord, please save us all,” said Won­der, who him­self is lit­er­ally blind.

Bey­once-in a video mes­sage that marks her most vis­i­ble ap­pear­ance since giv­ing birth to twins in June-said the dis­as­ters caused more sor­row “dur­ing a time when it’s im­pos­si­ble to watch the news with­out see­ing vi­o­lence or racism in this coun­try.”“Nat­u­ral dis­as­ters don’t dis­crim­i­nate, they don’t see if you’re an im­mi­grant, black or white, His­panic or Asian, Jewish or Mus­lim, wealthy or poor,” the Hous­ton-born pop su­per­star said. “The ef­fects of cli­mate change are play­ing out around the world ev­ery day,” she said, men­tion­ing as well deadly mon­soon floods in In­dia.

While no celebri­ties overtly at­tacked Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, he has pulled the United States out of the Paris ac­cord on cli­mate change, which ex­perts say is con­tribut­ing to wors­en­ing storms, and last week an­nounced an end to pro­tec­tions for un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants who ar­rived as chil­dren. Ac­tor Robert De Niro re­called the ben­e­fit con­cert 16 years ago af­ter the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks, say­ing that such uni­fy­ing events showed the “en­dur­ing val­ues that truly de­fine us as a peo­ple.” Puerto Ri­can singer Luis Fon­si­behind the global sen­sa­tion “Des­pac­ito” joined pop star Tori Kelly for a bilin­gual ren­di­tion of Leonard Co­hen’s med­i­ta­tive clas­sic “Hal­lelu­jah.” Other mu­si­cal high­lights in­cluded a coun­try-tinged cover of The Bea­tles’ “With a Lit­tle Help from My Friends” led by Dar­ius Rucker and Demi Lo­vato. — AFP


Ap­ple do­nated $5 mil­lion-with co-host Stephen Col­bert jok­ing that the fig­ure was the price of the com­pany’s new iPhone un­veiled ear­lier Tues­day-and chem­i­cal gi­ant Merck an­nounced $1 mil­lion, although it was not clear if the amounts were part of the

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