International singing star Celine Dion has little problem with the large amount of looting taking place in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, and shes slamming the U.S. government for its perceived slow response to Katrinas impact.
You know, some people are stealing and theyre making a big deal out of it, Dion said on CNNs Larry King Live, as she said shed donate $1 million toward relief.
Oh, theyre stealing 20 pair of jeans or theyre stealing television sets. Who cares? Theyre not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that theyre so poor theyve never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once.
The Bush administration was also accused of racism on national TV during a celebrity relief effort on NBC.
George Bush doesnt care about black people! exclaimed rapper Kayne West. (Click for video of Wests comments.)
I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, Theyre looting. You see a white family, it says, Theyre looking for food. And, you know, its been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because Ive tried to turn away from the TV because its too hard to watch. Ive even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now Im calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can helpwith the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another wayand theyve given them permission to go down and shoot us!