Some celebrities really care about volunteer work, but these days it seems like any celebrity with a savvy PR agent has done charity work. Images of Angelina Jolie cuddling orphans or Sean Penn distributing water to earthquake survivors abound in the media, and while some find them inspiring, just as many roll their eyes at stars who seem to benefit from pointing out others’ misfortunes.
While we’d like to think that Kim Kardashian genuinely wants to help relief efforts in Haiti, we’ll never know if she’s doing it to look good or because she cares. Then again, does it even matter? Raising awareness for a worthwhile cause is never a bad thing.
Do you care what motivates celebrities to do charity work? Does it really matter if they’re doing it for the PR?