Ian Somerhalder 'Shaken' By Hollywood's Lack of Oil Spill Aid
By PopEater Staff Posted Jun 17th 2010 11:26AM
"Coming from the entertainment world, I'm really shaken by how quiet Hollywood is," Somerhalder, 31, tells E! Online. "And I say that out of respect for my peers and colleagues, but I'm really bummed that no one is really coming up to help the situation. This is ground zero right now. This place is going to need money, that is the bottom line."
The actor proposed a telethon "to really paint a picture of exactly how much devastation is here." Larry King and Ryan Seacrest have a similar idea -- they'll host a telethon Monday, June 21, with a guest spot from Anderson Cooper.
Somerhalder hails from Covington, Louisiana, where he's now assisting animal shelter St. Tammany's Humane Society with pelicans harmed by the oil slick. He recently filmed a public service announcement in his hometown.
"There's so many people here working around the clock to try and tame this beast," he says of the situation. "If you look at all these beaches right here. It's a June afternoon -- this beach would be littered with families, kids playing, dads on the pier with their buddies fishing. None of that's here ... The things you remember, the times you spent with your parents or your grandparents, brothers, sisters, fishing and learning about the ecology here is ... it's your base, it's your root and you'll do anything, you will fight tooth and nail to protect it."
Somerhalder recently told the LA Times, "I never talk about politics, but right now is a time to be angry and sad."
AOL News pondered Hollywood's curious lack of aid to the Gulf cause, cross-referencing the situation with the recent $1.3 billion raised for earthquake-stricken Haiti. Although a Gulf Aid concert, including John Legend, Lenny Kravitz and Mos Def, raised more than $350,000 for Gulf fishing families and wetlands restoration, the celebrity assistance is lacking, the site wrote:
Larry King's telethon, called 'Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help' will air from 8 to 10PM EST on Monday, June 21. The star-studded telethon 'Hope for Haiti' raised $58 million in January."It's possible that man-made disasters just don't command the sort of sympathy as natural ones ... But then, survivors of 1986's Chernobyl accident garnered support from Michael Stipe, Bono and Helena Christensen, while Exxon Valdez inspired Kevin Costner to spend $26 million of his own money to hire a team of engineers and scientists to create a way to separate oil from seawater. More likely, it's just a result of unfortunate timing. Sean Penn remains in Haiti, and Brad Pitt's still going on about Katrina. And, well, awards season isn't for another nine months."
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