A celebrity can be someone famous for their achievements, such as an athlete, musician, or actor, or their notoriety, such as a criminal or socialite. The word “celebrity” is often used to refer to the lives of celebrities and their personal lives, in contrast to their professional careers.
While most celebrities are content to enjoy the fruits of their fame, some feel the need to use their celebrity for the greater good. These are the celebrity activists. Celebrity activists use their fame and public platform to bring attention to important social issues and raise awareness about global problems. Some of the most notable celebrity activists include Angelina Jolie, Bono, Charlize Theron and Matt Damon, Paul McCartney, and George Clooney.
There are many cases of celebrities getting involved in political campaigns and issues. In 2004, actor Sean Penn co-founded an aid organization called the J/P Haitian Relief Organization to help provide relief to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 1964, Bob Geldof, singer of The Boomtown Rats, was moved by the poverty in Ethiopia and organized Band-Aid to raise money for famine relief. In 2011, Bono and Bobby Shriver founded (Product)RED: an organization that partners with businesses and organizations to create products and campaigns that support people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Another example is the famous environmentalist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who was made an honorary board member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and is now part of their advisory board.
Some celebrities also become well known for their outspoken support or criticism of certain political figures such as during US President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 when singer Cher controversially tweeted “If I could, I’d vote for Monica Lewinsky”.
Bollywood stars are people with a lot of influence, power, money, and fame. Unfortunately, this often leads to them being targeted by kidnappers. In the past few years, there have been several high-profile Bollywood kidnapping cases.
One of the most recent cases was that of actor Anant Mahadevan, who was kidnapped on October 10, 2014, in Mumbai. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs. 50 million (about $800,000), but Mahadevan was eventually released without paying any ransom.
In 2012, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra was also targeted by kidnappers. Two men approached her car and tried to snatch her necklace. When she resisted, they dragged her out of the car and drove away with her. She was released after her family paid a ransom of Rs. 2 million (about $32,000).
In 2011, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta was also kidnapped. She was driving to her home in Mumbai when three men stopped her car and forced her into their vehicle. They drove her to a secluded area and took Rs. 50 million (about $840,000) from her and left her on the side of the road.
In short, celebrity activists are people who use their fame and public platform to bring attention to important social issues and raise awareness about global problems. Their work is invaluable in raising awareness about critical issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.