Tuesday's celebrity-packed Harvey and Irma relief telethon turned real political real quick — within seconds, in fact. The "Hand In Hand" telethon immediately devolved into a ham-fisted browbeating on the apocalyptic threat of global warming and is likely the first of its kind to be scripted by its producers to do exactly that. Laying down the political vibe of the event was Stevie Wonder, followed by Beyonce and eventually George Clooney, Leo DiCaprio and a long list of other celebs doing their part not so much to raise funds for victims but to raise awareness for their progressive agenda.
Wonder wasted no time in establishing the climate change alarmist tone of the evening by declaring within seconds of appearing on camera that anybody who didn't hold the orthodox views on man-made global warming was either blind or stupid.
“Anyone who believes that there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent," said Wonder, adding, "Lord save us all."
Soon after Wonders' shaming of anyone who is even a bit skeptical of the overtly politicized issue came Beyonce, who faithfully kept the alarmist tenor going strong.
"The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day," the singer said. "Just this past week you’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, and two catastrophic hurricanes. We have to be prepared for what comes next."
The Daily Beast, which was obviously thrilled about the celebrities calling out "climate change deniers," notes that Beyonce's pre-taped performance "hints that, for maybe the first time in an event like this, organizers weren’t just amenable to the idea of political truth bombs amidst the sob stories and scenes of tragedy, but explicitly encouraged it."
A look at who was selected to appear leaves little doubt that the event organizers deliberately manipulated the audience for political purposes: Al Gore convert DiCaprio and hyper-partisan Clooney have made clear where they stand on climate change. After another disaster, Typhoon Haiyan, like Wonder, Clooney suggested that having doubts that we're getting the objective truth on the politicized issue is just "stupid" and "ridiculous." Acting as if the costs of all the progressive climate change policies are no big deal, Clooney said, "What's the worst thing that happens? We clean up the earth a little bit?"
As many have pointed out, Wonder and Beyonce going political (clearly with the blessings of telethon producers) inevitably brings to mind one of the most notorious moments a celebrity hijacked a charity event: Kanye West's completely insane rant about Hurricane Katrina proving that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" while poor Mike Meyers stood next to him dumbfounded.
Grabien provides a list of some of the celebrities who participated in the telethon (which raised around $15 million):
Other celebrites who participated in the event included Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, George Strait, George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Cher, Norah O'Donnell, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon.