I received this email from my friend, and I think it was written directly by him. I think he makes a pretty darn good point of the myopia, or single focus on "defined celebrities" in the US.
Hooray for Michael Schumacher. He has always been a fantastic ambassador to the world for Formula One racing. I just wish the rest of the world would wake up and pay attention to these guys, if not for their self-importance then as encouragement for other wealthy individuals to do the same.when something like this happens, and it is second-third-fourth... page news! I usually don't send out e-mail like this, but I'm really upset that our news seems to be more and more filtered to what the US media 'thinks' we need to know. For the first couple days of this disaster, it was in fact not a huge story (at least up here), but it was clearly a catastrophe of epic proportions. The media quickly (a couple days after) realized that this was in fact important, and thus the 24hr coverage now, but when I see stories like this (just by stumbling on the news because of my own personal interests), I cant help but get upset by who/how our news is filtered to us. If this was someone like Madonna, or Donald Trump, we would not hear the end of it!!
This guy gave $10,000,000 cash to the tsunami relief and it is barely covered by any US press. We see when Sandra Bullock gives one-tenth that, or if Bono is going to do a free concert to raise a couple houndred thousand $'s, but this guy cuts a check for $10M and no one west of the Atlantic seems to think it is newsworthy. The only article I see from a US journalist also goes on to say how the NBA and NFL are collecting money at games for the tsunami relief (NOT THE Players OF COURSE, BUT THEY ARE COLLECTING FROM THE FANS!!!) Nice. So the next time anyone thinks that these guys are just no-brains who drive cars in circles and dont think they are really athletes, think at least about this. He just donated more than The President of the United States was willing to give a few days ago, more than any other single individual in the world, and more than the so called 'athletes' we hear about everyday (combined). I hope this can be a wake up call to the wealthy in this country to step up, shut up and help.