Many celebrities like to give back and help others. They make donations to charitable causes, sometimes very large ones, and devote some of their time to doing volunteer work, whether it’s helping to build up poor communities or manning phones to raise donations. A lot of the time, charitable acts by celebrities are publicised in the media and the reaction isn’t always positive because some people think celebrities shouldn’t publicise their charity work? What do you think – should celebrities publicise charity work or not?
Yes – it can help promote important causes
The more people that get involved in a good cause, the better. All causes need exposure and celebrities can give them that exposure by publicising their charity work. Whenever a celebrity does any sort of charity work and has it publicised in the media, it can surely only be a good thing because more people are finding out about the cause. Whatever a cause may be, it needs as much exposure as possible – if there’s a natural disaster, for example, the more people there are who know about it, the more money will be raised to help those affected by the disaster. If people don’t know about a cause, they can’t do anything to help it.
No – it only boosts the celebrity’s image
The main argument against celebrities publicising charity work is that it serves to improve their image and reputation. Sure, it gets the cause more publicity, but when celebrities repeatedly publicise their charity work, people begin to wonder whether they’re doing it because they genuinely care or because they just want to look good. There are some types of charity work, such as hospital visits to sick children, that don’t really need a ton of publicity, so when celebrities do this sort of work and have it all caught on camera, people question the celebrity’s intentions. There are some instances, of course, when celebrities should publicise their charity work to promote the cause and raise donations etc., but if a celebrity publicises something that doesn’t need the attention, people question the celebrity’s true motives.
What do you think?
Does every sort of charitable act need to be publicised? Are celebrities who document their charity work doing so to look good or do they really have good intentions?