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Give till it gives

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 13:20 IST

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As president-elect Barack Obama prepares for his big day, he must be a happy man. He may have to brave the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, but wait, reinforcements are on the way at home. Pitching in to say ‘yes we can’ are the worthies of Hollywood who will demonstrate that they are interested in more than just getting their snouts in the trough at the big-ticket items like the inauguration balls.

The surgically age-defying Demi Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher have put together a video where 50 of the bold and beautiful of Hollywood have pledged to make the world under Obama a better place. Are they off to the trenches of Basra or Herat to show the enemy what’s what, you will wonder. No, the battalion of Cameron Diaz, Dakota Fanning and Eva Mendes, rock singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and comedian George Lopez have promised to be more ‘inclusive’ and work for national unity. Please pass that handkerchief. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker has sworn off plastic water bottles. Greenpeace, you have competition. Charlie’s Angels actress Lucy Liu has vowed to help the environment by riding the subway when she’s in New York. That she usually works in Hollywood is another matter. And what about those parties in energy-guzzling luxury yachts, travel in SUVs and, of course, private jets? Well, we guess the poor things will have to hang on to those for now. After all, they have to keep their spirits up and get around to spread the good word.

So when Hollywood is in renunciation mode, why are we in denunciation mode? Because we don’t have anything worth a copper nickel that we can give up for the cause of humanity.