Hollywood Acts for the U.N.
Looks like the United Nations is once again heading to Hollywood for a mini makeover.
It really should come as no surprise. The global organization has a long history of aligning itself with Hollywood's hottest whenever its sagging face is in need of a lift.
Beginning in the 1950s, it brought on board such beloved Tinseltown figures as Audrey Hepburn and Danny Kaye.
Over the years famous emissaries have been given distinguished titles, too, like "goodwill ambassadors" and "messengers of peace."
Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover are a couple of the U.N.'s more recent envoys. The two spread a lot of "goodwill" in the direction of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and other assorted lefty hall of famers.
Now, evidently, Nicole Kidman has decided to join the Kofi club. Funny how life sometimes imitates art. In 2005 Kidman starred in a movie called "The Interpreter" where she played a U.N. employee on the big screen.
Kidman ostensibly plans to assist in advancing women's rights around the world by lending her name to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). According to a U.N. press release, the actress will focus attention on "critical gender concerns such as ending violence against women."
Curiously, UNIFEM links these weighty feminist concerns with so-called "reproductive rights," the U.N. euphemism for abortions anytime anywhere.
Another celebrity dignitary who has been boosting the United Nations for quite a span is actress and hubby snatcher Angelina Jolie. Jolie routinely talks up the United Nation's refugee agency and, to her credit, has put forth an extensive amount of her own time, effort and money to promote a cause in which she apparently passionately believes.
In her capacity as a goodwill ambassador, Jolie recently told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that she is ashamed the United States hasn't ratified the United Nations treaty on children's rights.
"I am absolutely ashamed Washington has not formally ratified the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Being an American I think it's horrible. I think Congress should ratify that. If we really care about that how dare we not ratify it?" Jolie said.
As an adoptive and currently expectant mom, Jolie apparently hasn't read the provisions in the treaty that diminish and impair the rights of parents.
While in Davos, Jolie and fiancé Brad Pitt also stopped by for a chat with Secretary General Kofi Annan to see if Pitt could join the ranks of U.N. celebrity pitchmen.
When you think about it, Angelina and Brad would be a dream duo for the United Nations.
Together they could hawk the merits of the scandal-ridden global organization and rebuild its facade for star-struck folks the world over.
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James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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