This is ancient history by now. The Winter White Gala, a charity to help Centrepoint for youth homeless that raised a million pounds (about $1.5M) at Kensington Palace. Invited by Prince William, Taylor Swift flew over straight from the AMA Awards, performed “Livin’ For A Prayer” -the honoree for his work feeding homeless children. As Jon, somewhat snidely, put it t to a reporter: “we’re not here for a cup of tea”.
The 31 year old Prince, sitting next to Taylor, was invited up by Jon and William in turn invited Taylor and the Jon took the verses and the unlikely duo sang the chorus.
Fine by me though it did get me thinking about conspicuous consumption and charity. It seems to me that the Pope has a point about capitalism though here is my take: the problem with capitalism is the rich get taxed too much and the super rich not nearly enough: if a family of 4 have $500K a year they aren’t that rich, if a family of 4 have $50M a year they are but if they are that rich they aren’t paying taxes (cf GE).
Certainly, in the world of Tudor, Swift and Bon Jovi, the amount of money makes charity a sort of business expensive for the wealthy. If you want to throw around your money and yet don’t wanna be a complete asshole, well, this is the way to do it… Do it for charity, do it for the poor, do it for someone else. That way you can spend more in a night than most people will make in a life time and still feel good about yourself.
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