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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 17, 2010 7:30 AM

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Stop celebrity worship

I’m writing in response to the Feb. 10 article, “Hands off Bono, Dude,” by Rachael Lander. I will admit to having a bit of a bias on this issue, as I truly despise nearly all of U2’s work, mostly because of Bono. But I will put that aside. I would first of all like to argue that celebrity endorsements can be just as bad as they are good. Lander used the example of all the celebrities helping with the Haiti cause. Obviously, she has seen Wyclef Jean at the forefront of this movement and his organization, Yele Haiti. Does she know about how he personally took $60,000 of a $600,000 donation that went to his organization in 2006?

I do not go to rock concerts to hear what musician feelings are on certain events. I’m getting sick and tired of them spewing their opinions about where all of my money should go, when they are in no position to tell me what to do with it.

If I donate to a cause, it’s because I want to, not because Bono says I should. And definitely not because he endorsed a shirt that I don’t want and don’t need. If I buy a shirt, it’s because I like the shirt and want to wear it.

Why do we insist on taking celebrities’ opinions and making them our own? Stop putting these people on a pedestal. Let’s stop worshipping celebrities and form our own opinions; the outcome is bound to be just as beneficial — if not more.

Travis Rudd
Iowa City resident


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