Thursday, December 13, 2007

George Clooney Fights Genocide As He Is Nominated for Golden Globe

While most of Hollywood was excited about the release of the nominations for the Golden Globe awards, George Clooney, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor for his starring role in “Michael Clayton,” was in Rome receiving an award of a different sort.

Clooney, along with fellow actor, Don Cheadle, received the Peace Summit Award for their tenacious work in bringing the World’s eye toward the genocide occurring in the Darfur area of the Sudan.

"Don and I are here today to speak for those voices that can't be heard over the sound of the violence. We're here to plead for help," said George at a news conference in Rome.

The 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates presented the award to Clooney and Cheadle at a ceremony in Rome.

Clooney, who is the son of Nick Clooney, a reporter, further said, "I'm the son of a journalist. And I understand that freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to run into a crowded theater and yell FIRE. Unless of course there is one.”

“There is a fire!"

Clooney also encouraged the United States to appoint a high level envoy to pursue peace talks in Darfur.

George told USA Today that celebrities have a responsibility to go beyond oneself and look out for others. "In some ways, it's easier for us because we have some financial security, so we can say, 'OK, let's stop worrying about ourselves and look out for other people.'"

The 46-year-old Clooney made a jab at Ms. Britney Spears when he said, "What should you do with all this kind of attention? Should you get out of a car without wearing underwear?"

Clooney plans to make his second trip to Darfur in January saying he will “try to get some cameras in to the tougher camps and have conversations. That's basically all I can do. If you put famous people in front of very ugly sites, people will watch."

The following is a humorous video that Clooney and Brad Pitt created for a presentation honoring Julia Roberts at the 22nd Annual American Cinematheque Awards, which was presented on the AMC channel on Wednesday night.

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wpik said...

George Clooney identifies the problem:

"freedom of speech doesn't give you the right to run into a crowded theater and yell FIRE. Unless of course there is one.”

There is NO genocide in Darfur; there is an awful bloody conflict, mass murder and victims who need our help.

But Genocide has a specific legal definition. In Armenia, Nazi Germany and today in West Papua these were and are genocide, the lawyers agree on that.

The people of Darfur deserve some help; but please do NOT FORGET about the victims of genocide. I know certain American corporations make billions of dollars each year from West Papua; but that is no reason to deny another genocide or the world's largest Gold & Copper mine visible from space.

McCafferty Himself said...

I couldn't give a rip what any lawyers agree on. Genocide is the systematic destruction on a group of people, and that is exactly what is happening in Darfur.

I allowed your comment to stay on my blog because I wanted to show how people can use twisted logic to prove their point.

You will win no one over to your point of view by denigrating the plight of the people of Darfur, and that is how your comment is perceived.

Learn how to properly present your point of view before you make any more comments because you are doing the people of West Papua no service by the method you currently employ.

Andrew said...

The people in Darfur are the victims of a civil conflict; people are funding that conflict. Calling it genocide prolongs that conflict..

There are two primary means of ending a civil conflict; neither military force or policing force. The Bush administration could probably end the conflict with an aid package for less than it spends on a single stealth fighter; or otherwise wipe out the offending forces with considerably less time than the time Washington has had the US public spend on Darfur PR program.

Darfur does NOT need for media or people talking about it, it does need action.

McCafferty Himself said...

Andrew you ignorant slut. The organized mass raping and murdering of babies, children and unarmed civilians constitutes more than a civil conflict. It constitutes genocide.

And calling it genocide does not prolong the action.

And the way you put an end to such inhuman behavior is by talking about it, condemning it and calling upon your government to do something about it.

It takes a government to end such a situation. One individual cannot do it alone.

You are not doing anything about it. You are merely talking about it, the same as the rest of us.

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