Hot in Hollywood

Darby Festa ('13)/Eastside online news editor

It may seem that Hollywood stars are only good for a few things: cranking out some entertaining films, crazy stunts that land them in the slammer or intriguing and amusing love triangles.

Little does the world know, they do so much more than that.

Recently, multiple celebrities have donated either money or other resources to Japan relief efforts, such as Justin Bieber.

Bieber may seem to have only two primary interests: capturing the heart of every girl between ages seven and fourteen and casually flipping his trademark hair. Although the young Hollywood starlet does partake in both of these activities, there is more on his mind than crooning to the female population. Bieber decided to have his iconic tresses shorn and auctioned – the proceeds, a staggering 40,688 dollars, were thus donated to a charitable cause: the Gentle Barn, an animal rescue foundation. Also, devoted fans can pose with his cut hair and their money, in turn is donated to Japan.

It doesn’t stop there.

Multiple celebrities have decided to contribute to the goodwill efforts for Japan.

Gwen Stefani, Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato, reportedly donated one million dollars to relief efforts for Japan. Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Jack Johnson, Boys II Men and many more made other monetary donations as well. 

However, the donations were not confined to cash. Many celebrities have done their part through auctioning items, producing music to raise awareness and organizing benefit concerts.

Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon autographed a t-shirt to be auctioned for the cause, as did James Franco. Mark Hoppus, from Blink 182, also sold the original lyrics to The Rock Show in addition to a t-shirt he wore in a music video.

Also, the album “Songs for Japan” was produced: a compilation of songs from 38 different artists, including Bob Dylan, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, in which the proceeds of sales would go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Other featured artists include Madonna, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keith Urban and more, stemming from multiple styles of music.

Unlike some former trends that society copies from celebs, this is a good one. East students reflect the stars’ generous efforts through their mission to raise awareness and collect donations. The World Awareness club held a fundraiser in which they sold bracelets to students. The proceeds go to Japan relief.

Many stars have demonstrated their concern for other things beside themselves. They have generously contributed to charitable causes, proving that their interests do, in fact, lie beyond the gown they will be donning at the Oscars or how many sports cars they can afford.