Wealth is always going to be unevenly distributed throughout the world, for various reasons. But those who have amassed a fortune for themselves are in a position to help – they could give up their wealth, say goodbye to their rich lifestyle and donate their fortune to those in need of it. Many celebrities make a point of being very charitable, but would any of them give up their wealth to help others? Should they feel they have to do this?
Yes – no one needs that much money for themselves
When you read about celebrities owning several homes in different countries, flying around the world in private jets and owning ridiculously expensive collections of cars, you think to yourself: what’s the point? Sure, you can well argue that when people earn money, they’re entitled to spend it how they want to. There comes a point, however, when people have too much money and they start spending it on things they think they need, but could really do without. Many celebrities live the ‘rich and famous’ lifestyle because they have the means to, i.e. the money, but do they really need to? Not at all – if millions of us can live off much less money, surely celebrities can tone down their spending a bit? What’s the point of owning an expensive house that’s rarely slept in or a shiny new car that’s never driven? Wouldn’t the money be better spent going towards charitable causes?
No – they earned it, it’s theirs to do with as they please
On the other hand, you can well argue that celebrities are entitled to spend their money however they want. Many of them do plenty of charity work and are happy to donate to and promote various charitable causes. But still, a lot of very charitable celebrities live expensive lifestyles. Some find it hypocritical when celebrities urge the public to donate, when they themselves have much more money to donate and live much wealthier lifestyles. Still, no matter how much you earn, whether it’s thousands or millions, your income is your income. Some argue that celebrities shouldn’t be pressured into donating to charity no more than the average person on minimum wage. Why? Because celebrities aren’t directly responsible for other people’s poverty. It’s great if they do want to help, but if they don’t, they shouldn’t be vilified for it.
What do you think?
Should celebrities forgo their rich lifestyle and donate more money to charity? Or should they be free to enjoy their earnings however they may choose? Many would argue that those with a large fortune should give it up for charity – even if just a few of the richest celebrities did this, it would make huge changes to many people’s lives. But then, if you had a large fortune yourself, would you do the same?