Africa aside, I have a real problem with the depiction of the deplorable conditions in the United States. It was especially painful to watch Simon peruse the L.A. food pantry. Watching him go around telling us that he didn't realize that "this" existed just a few miles from his house; oh my.
Starvation in America is not for lack of available help or plentiful food. No, the problem of children starving is one of parental neglect. People do not have to starve in this country. The simple fact that charities and food pantries exist should be the tipoff to Simon. Didn't he notice the warehouse full of food? This is one of thousands of such warehouses across America. Help is there for the taking.
FYI to American Idol, I don't need some 17 year old, wet behind the ears adolescent to preach to me about how bad the world is and how we need to give back.
I've never watched American Idol. My wife gave up on it after one season. To me, it's the epitome of vanity and speciousness, which might explain a lot of it's popular appeal -- all glitter and no substance. But I thank them for this gesture of generosity. Unlike the high-fallutin' society folk of Margaret Mitchell's Atlanta, I won't turn down kindness, even from the Belle Watling of the media.
But I find this blame-the-victim mentality especially distasteful. The idea that families will always have enough in America simply isn't correct. Even if a family is on assistance, the amount you receive simply is not enough to actually put food on the table for a full month. And many of the places where poverty is worst, the organizations which serve the poor are overextended. Lorie is correct that it's wrong to say children all over America are starving, but that does not mean that there isn't great poverty in many places in this country. Hopefully when the number one television show in the nation brings this to our attention, it will raise awareness and encourage giving.
And finally, regarding that dyspeptic last paragraph in Jodi's commentary, I suggest she open her bible and read Matthew 11:25. I suspect that God would be much more pleased with a "wet-behind-the-ears" child soliciting charity than with a person who sees herself as older and wiser ridiculing the poor.
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