I just read this link about JK Rowling donating a set of signed books to help raise “thousands of pounds” towards a sick 2-year-olds treatment for a horrible illness:
Okay, this may not be a popular opinion, I know, but I have a problem with this. I don’t understand why, since JK Rowling is a multi millionaire many times over, it is considered such a wonderful act for her to sign 5 books (which costs her NOTHING) that will raise “thousands of pounds”. Thousands of pounds will not cover the cost to save this little girl, fly her to America and pay for the hospital treatments. JK could easily cover this girl’s entire treatment without even noticing the cost. I’m not saying it wasn’t a nice thing to do, but if you love children, have the staggering amount of money that she does, why not go the distance?
BTW, this doesn’t just apply to JK Rowling. I was really angry when all the celebrities went on TV to beg for our money (in the U.S.) for the 9/11 victims and ended up raising about 10 million dollars, out of the pockets of people who work hard every day and probably donated in $100 increments, and probably felt the loss. We’re talking Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Oprah and about 50 other incredibly wealthy people. If they cared so much, why couldn’t they have shelled out a million or two out of their own pockets instead of just “endorsing” the fundraiser with their sacred presence?
Sorry, this just gets my goat.
I do love the Harry Potter books. Don’t flame me too badly. I’m a nice person.