So, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake has struck Chile. And the reaction from the global community? Nowhere near as quick and large-scale as the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti. Why is that? Yes, Chile is one of the most developed nations in South America, and has quite a stable economy – contrast that to Haiti’s developing-country status. It has more resources to handle a recovery effort on its own. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need help from non-profit organizations. The flow of money (donated or pledged) isn’t coming in nearly as fast or as much as it did for Haiti. I think the reason is because it doesn’t have a Hollywood celebrity championing their cause. No Wyclef Jean for Chile.
Celebrities have been quiet about this. No impassioned pledges of 1 million-plus dollars. In fact the only celebrity thats been mentioned is Elliot Yamin, who was there at the time of the quake. He isn’t exactly an A-lister, and currently in no position to champion relief efforts like Wyclef Jean is doing for Haiti. The cynical side of me laughs at Hollywood’s huge show of humanitarian aid for Haiti (including redoing We Are the World), and its lack thereof for Chile. Its almost like they’ve filled their yearly quota of humanitarianism, and are settled back to their big-bucks business.