DAVID GRANOVSKY

Who’s the Biggest Celebrity Activist?

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on August 9, 2010 at 12:31 am

“Michael J. Fox, who himself has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, is the champion for advancements in stem cell research on Capitol Hill.”

But why is there no celebrity activist for adult stem cells? -dg

Who’s the Biggest Celebrity Activist?

Wyclef Jean—Activist For Haiti

BIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Haitian born Wyclef is rumored to be making a run for President of the earthquake ravaged country, continuing the activism for his homeland that he’s championed for years.
  1. Wyclef Jean—Activist For Haiti Wyclef Jean—Activist For HaitiBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Haitian born Wyclef is rumored to be making a run for President of the earthquake ravaged country, continuing the activism for his homeland that he’s championed for years.
  2. Bono—Activist For Everything Bono—Activist For EverythingBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: There isn’t a world leader that hasn’t had a photo op with Bono over some cause or another. But of all the celebrity do-gooders, he’s the most highly criticized as a hypocrite.
  3. Angelina Jolie—Activist For Human Rights Angelina Jolie—Activist For Human RightsBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Besides what appears to be a personal mission to adopt a baby from every country in the world, Angelina Jolie travels and fights for human rights more than she makes movies.
  4. Al Gore—Activist For Environmental Causes Al Gore—Activist For Environmental CausesBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Would the world really know what global warming was, or care about it, if it wasn’t for former Vice President Al Gore? Probably not. Polar bears everywhere salute him.
  5. Ed Begley, Jr.—Activist For Environmental Causes Ed Begley, Jr.—Activist For Environmental CausesBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Begley, Jr. gives Al Gore a run for his eco-friendly money. And wins. Not only does the actor live by all the environmental rules, he even makes toast with bicycle power—Wonka-style.
  6. Kathy Griffin—Activist For Gay And Women’s Rights Kathy Griffin—Activist For Gay And Women’s RightsBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Between campaigning against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell on behalf of gays and getting a public pelvic exam to promote women’s rights, Kathy is one busy, and outrageous, celebrity activist.
  7. Sean Penn—Activist For Katrina and Haiti Survivors Sean Penn—Activist For Katrina and Haiti SurvivorsBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Penn takes a lot of heat but not only did he personally save stranded Katrina victims in a leaky boat, he’s been living in a tent in Haiti since the January earthquake. That’s commitment.
  8. Bob Geldof—Activist Against Hunger Bob Geldof—Activist Against HungerBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: Rock star Bob Geldof was one of the pioneers of celebrity activism, organizing 1985’s worldwide Live Aid concert (and later Live8) to benefit the victims of famine in Ethiopia.
  9. Susan Sarandon—Political And Human Rights Activist Susan Sarandon—Political And Human Rights ActivistBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: The outspoken Oscar-winning actress and political activist has been forever freaking out award show producers, who worry about which controversial topic she’ll address in her speech.
  10. George Clooney—Activist Against Genocide In Darfur George Clooney—Activist Against Genocide In DarfurBIGGEST CELEB ACTIVIST OR NOT: The Television Academy is giving George Clooney the fourth ever Bob Hope Humanitarian Award next month for his activism against the genocide in Darfur among other causes.
Ever since celebrity activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono slid under the sheets and called the press for the Bed in for Peace, celebrities have been using the glare of the spotlight to illuminate a cause. After all, who else but the rich and famous can better spread the word to their adoring fans about their latest altruistic agenda?

Some seem to come from a pure place in leading the charge. Michael J. Fox, who himself has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, is the champion for advancements in stem cell research on Capitol Hill. While political activists like Jane Fonda have been vilified for maybe not conveying their celebrity activist message in the best way possible.

Enter Wyclef Jean. The Haitian born hip-hop star and producer has been working on behalf of the Haitian people for a long time. After Hurricane Jeanne hit the country in 2004 he established the often-controversial Yele Haiti Scholarship. But when a devastating earthquake ravaged his homeland earlier this year, he really kicked it into high gear for Haiti. Now comes word that Jean might even make a run for President of the country and rule the nation for five years.

Would this officially make him the biggest celebrity activist of all time?

via SODAHEAD SLIDESHOW: Who’s the Biggest Celebrity Activist?.

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