As you probably know, “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” took over the airwaves last Friday night.
More than 40 television channels brought us performances by musicians like Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Chris Martin, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Rihanna, and Wyclef Jean and speeches from actors and actresses like George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson, Halle Berry, and Julia Roberts who explained to us the severity of Haiti’s situation and encouraged us to call or visit the website to make a donation.
Anderson Cooper talked with survivors and medical professionals on the scene, Bill Clinton told us about his and George Bush’s Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, and we heard emotional stories from people who’d only just left the country or had family members in Haiti.
All in all, it was a good show; Mary J. Blige‘s rendition of “Hard Times Come Again No More” made me cry and, according to an MTV release, Hope for Haiti Now has raised more than $61 million to date.
You might be surprised to hear that it’s that last part – the money part – that has some folks ranging from confused to angry.