I'm a Celebrity, Now Get Me a Cause!

Activist celebs are annoying, but effective and necessary: Firth
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2009 6:43 AM CDT
Colin Firth attends a film premiere in London last year.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Actor Colin Firth doesn’t like it when his fellow actors get on the soapbox for humanitarian causes. He’s also tired of doing it himself, and sick of the endless tedium of fundraisers, speeches, and photo ops. But that’s too bad, because the only way anything is going to change for the better is for those capable of capturing media attention to start talking a lot more—and louder, he writes in the Guardian.

Those who are trying to make a difference cherish the voice of a celebrity “not for its merits but for its sheer volume," Firth writes. Nonprofit organizations "have a way of inviting you to be a firsthand witness” to the injustices of the world, after which remaining silent “starts to require some painful mental contortions," Firth writes. Celebrity activism may be annoying, but shutting up is far worse, he concludes.