<\body> Stories in America: From Desperate Poverty to Obscene Wealth

Monday, March 06, 2006

From Desperate Poverty to Obscene Wealth

A few minutes after posting that piece about Kenyans starving to death, I stumbled upon this:
The 22 presenters at Sunday night's Oscars each received a $100,000 gift basket, stuffed with luxury items, free car hire and the chance to host a Wolfgang Puck party at home.

Celebrity chef Puck offered his services at the home of the presenters, where he plans to cook up a dinner for 10.

The presenters' perks also included the free hire of a top-of-the-line Cadillac for two weeks, the chance to stay in the Vern Wang-designed suite at Hawaii's exclusive Halekulani Hotel, a $7,000 Victoria's Secret underwear set and a coupon for Lasik surgery.
The multi-millionaires who opted to take the bags home must pay $30K in taxes. My brain is fried.

Good night and good luck.


At 3/06/2006 7:31 PM, Anonymous iz said...

That sucks!! $30K in taxes! Maybe Bush can step in and help out all of his Hollywood pals.

At 3/06/2006 8:43 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

And get a load of this...


Ah. So one day a year they'll take a twenty-minute ride in a Prius. The other 364 days of the year it's all stretch limos (for two or three passengers) and private jets.

They're really making a statement. And that statement is, "We're incorrigible self-righteous hypocritical assholes and we just can't stop ourselves. Please, someone-- help us."


At 3/06/2006 8:53 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Hypocrisy on this scale and this shameless could only happen in one place. To quote the title of the post below...

"Liberal Hollywood"

At 3/06/2006 8:57 PM, Anonymous iz said...

Yeah, well, corporate CEOs (million dollar shower curtain) aren't any better and most of them are Republicans.

I believe celebs give lots of money to charity, but they do it quietly, like JFK jr. He gave a lot of money to charity, but no one found out about it until he died.

At 3/06/2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Guess again...the greatest giving to charity comes from the Republican leaning Red States.


Who's the Party of the Rich again?



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