Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Activists Wanted

It seems like every day we hear about a new celebrity getting behind this cause or that charity. Most recently, tons of blogs and message boards are buzzing about Morrissey's announcement that he'll be boycotting Canada (that's us!) due to the northern seal hunt. While I'm not personally interested in opening that can of worms here, I think this may be a valuable opportunity to check in on our favourite celebrity activist musicians and read up on their causes.

Artist: Morrissey
Says: Stop killing cute seals
Literature: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
[mp3] Morrissey - America is not the World

Artist: Bono
Says: Poverty sucks, AIDS sucks, violence sucks, environmentalism rocks
Literature: One Campaign, Amnesty International, Greenpeace
[mp3] U2 - Love and Peace or Else

Artist: Bob Geldof
Says: Poverty super-sucks
Literature: Make Poverty History
[mp3] Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays

Artist: Chris Martin
Says: Stop ripping off people who need the money more than you do
Literature: Make Trade Fair
[mp3] Coldplay - Politik

Artist: Tori Amos
Says: Treat each other with respect
Literature: RAINN
[mp3] Tori Amos - Putting the Damage On

* Read about Paul McCartney and the Canadian seal hunt (via MSNBC)


Anonymous said...

What the hell, Morrissey will still tour the US where bush has killed tons of civilians.
It is not like all Canadians want to go and kill a bunch of seals or go to a Morrisey concert anyway.
It is just trendy to hate the seal hunt right now. I am glad you posted some other celebrities who focus on some real problems.

Shaun said...

Does Morrissey concern himself enough with Canada to boycott it? That's like myself boycotting Zimbabwe over Mugabe's politics. I'm sure Zimbabwe won't notice. Besides, getting Canadians to change ways ultimately means debate and dialogue, look at the history. Perhaps if Morrissey (and other stars) were to come up with economical solutions to replace the seal hunt, people might listen? Canadians don't respond well to bad manners. And hell, I'm using the term Canadians when it's just one province, right? Is Morrissey boycotting Saskatchewan? Does he blame ALL Muslims for the actions of those during the London bombings?

c said...

my favorite thing about this very funny post of yours is that you didn't call morrissey moz. that nickname irks me so bad.

i loved the smiths back in the day, but i'm so over his whiney personality. he's so talented, so intelligent and so self-absorbed....

Anonymous said...

What a crock of crap! As the Canadian Seal hunt has not happened since 1987 (Do the math here, that is over 20 friggin years!) Why don't they get their heads out of their asses & look at what the Orient is doing for the world's animals? Everything from Sharks and sea horses to Rhinos & gorillas is being slaughtered so they can consume their body parts, for the most part, because they think it helps their sex life....