Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Poor little rich girls

As you may have heard, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore have been on MTV with a travel show, adventuring through the Third World. Moonbat Central tackles their "hard-hitting" travel show by highlighting both how amazingly shallow and ill-informed the girls are, and by emphasizing the fact that, no matter how two little rich girls romanticize these countries to help push forward the MTV agenda, life in the Third World is dreadful. I found particularly compelling this quotation from Paul Dreissen, who wrote Eco-Imperialism: Green power/Black Death:

There's something perverse and immoral when multi-millionaire Hollywood celebrities head off on junkets in the jungle - and then preach to us lesser mortals about the joys of the simple life, and how we should protect the Earth, conserve energy, prevent global warming, and help the poorest people on our planet continue 'enjoying' their poverty, malnutrition and premature death. Life in these developing countries is still nasty, brutish and short. And that there is a reason our parents and grandparents worked so hard to create modern homes and hospitals and technologies, so they could leave behind the unsafe water, dung fires, pollution, rotted teeth, infant mortality and life expectancies half of ours. This entire MTV series totally glosses over the hardships and premature death that is right before their eyes. Even mentioning these facts would obviously get in the way of their ideological message, and their determination to turn [MTV viewers] into little ventriloquist's dummies for the sustainable development movement.
I can't add to that. Hat tip: From the Word Go UPDATE: This just in:
Africa is the worst continent to be a mother or child, and Mali is one of the worst countries, where one in eight children will die before seeing a first birthday, according to a study published Tuesday. *** "Conditions for children and mothers in the bottom-ranked countries are devastating," said Charles MacCormack, president of Save the Children. "Many children are fortunate just to survive the first five years of life and have a chance to go to school."
There is little real romance to Third World countries; just lots of death, disease, starvation and degradation.