Make celebrity poverty history

No Rock’N’Roll Fun has been mercilessly skewering some of the hypocrisy surrounding the Live 8 beano, and this example really beggars belief. In Philadelphia:

Live 8 performers are playing for free, but local organizers plan to shower the celebrities with a Hugo Boss duffel bag loaded with high-fashion trinkets valued at about $3,000.

They’ll also be able to add to their goodie bags with big-ticket items including Hugo Boss suits, valued at $800 to $1,000 each; XM satellite radios and subscriptions, $500; Gibson guitars, $2,000; Bertolucci watches, valued between $1,500 and $6,000; and other items.

In all, a celebrity could walk away with a bag of gifts worth as much as $12,000.

As Simon B writes:

helping to adjust the gross imbalances in wealth in our planet, but doing it in return for Hugo Boss suits and a three thousand pound watch – surely, that would be “filthy money made on the back of the poorest people on the planet”, wouldn’t it?