Can celebri­ties help peo­ple care more?

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A ny type of in­flu­en­tial am­bas­sador, re­gard­less of whether they’re a celebrity or not, can be used to achieve more news cov­er­age, or make a cause more popular. With re­gards to us­ing celebri­ties or in­flu­encers as a tool to make peo­ple care more, I com­pletely dis­agree.

I be­lieve car­ing is some­thing that is in­trin­sic to us. Some peo­ple can care more and ex­press it bet­ter. That is not to say that oth­ers don’t care be­cause they don’t show it. Car­ing is more like an in­trin­sic value; a part of your char­ac­ter. Peo­ple who truly care would con­trib­ute to a cause re­gard­less of whether they know or like the celebrity who is the am­bas­sador of the same. From Ms Aroushi Mal­ho­tra Dubai

Per­sonal re­la­tion­ships

C on­sid­er­ing the loy­alty that fans have to­wards their favourite celebri­ties, a celebrity pro­mot­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to a cause can have a pos­i­tive im­pact. It raises aware­ness about the ways peo­ple could con­trib­ute to a cer­tain so­cial cause, and it pushes their fans to do the same. It’s sort of a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship that ex­tends as an im­pact on our ac­tions. From Ms Yu­vika Bha­tia Dubai

Help oth­ers con­trib­ute

Y es, I be­lieve see­ing celebri­ties giv­ing back to so­ci­ety is good be­cause it pro­motes the idea of so­cial con­scious­ness. How­ever, I be­lieve that the ways to do­nate should be more ac­ces­si­ble, and celebri­ties should aid that. I also think celebri­ties could be­come am­bas­sadors for ex­ist­ing cred­i­ble char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, free of cost, rather than feel­ing the pres­sure to start their own. From Mr Ramesh Kr­ish­nan Port­land, Ore­gon

Good role mod­els

I be­lieve celebri­ties do make an im­pact on the way peo­ple think. When they see their favourite su­per­heroes sup­port­ing a so­cial cause, they are also in­spired to con­trib­ute to help­ing so­ci­ety. There­fore it is ab­so­lutely im­por­tant that celebri­ties be­come good role mod­els. From Ms Anagha Ra­jesh UAE

Don’t throw money

S ome­times celebri­ties give so much money, you feel like the vic­tims are set for life, through the dona­tions. It is a good thing, but I think celebri­ties are look­ing for good­will for them­selves, by throw­ing money at a prob­lem. The best thing would be if they made an event where, for ev­ery $1,000 (Dh3,678) do­nated, they would match it with a con­tri­bu­tion of $10,000 (Dh36,730). From Mr Keith Richard Walsh Bos­ton, US

Break­ing bar­ri­ers

T o some peo­ple who are phil­an­thropic by na­ture, celebri­ties don’t help them care more. But there are many who are not aware. I have come across peo­ple who have ad­e­quate knowl­edge about celebri­ties, but not enough about the state that many peo­ple live in. For such peo­ple, in­volv­ing celebri­ties to pro­mote causes is def­i­nitely an ad­van­tage. Apart from hav­ing the fi­nan­cial power to con­trib­ute, celebri­ties also hold the power of aware­ness. Their ac­tiv­i­ties make news more than that of many ac­tivists. Peo­ple tend to trust a cause more, when there is a pub­lic fig­ure pro­mot­ing it. Peo­ple gen­er­ally care more for peo­ple from their own com­mu­nity or re­li­gion, which is a sad re­al­ity th­ese days, so in­volv­ing celebri­ties breaks the com­mu­nal bar­rier. In­volv­ing celebri­ties does make some care more and for some it acts as a tool for aware­ness. From Mr Mah­naaz Shaikh In­dia

Al­ways care about causes

N o, it doesn’t make me care more. I al­ready cared about Unicef and vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Irma be­fore I knew th­ese celebri­ties got in­volved. They just have the ad­van­tage of us­ing their wealth to do some­thing about it, which the rest of us can’t. I can do­nate a few hun­dreds or thou­sands but they can do­nate mil­lions. It doesn’t mean I care any less than they do about the same cause. Their in­volve­ment just makes me grate­ful that the vic­tims are get­ting more money than I could have given them. From Ms Shipra Roma Dubai

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