Charity Giving for Japan Relief Coming in Slowly
The donations to the relief effort in Japan is, so far, a fraction of what it was for other disasters around the globe, leaving some to ask why is help coming in so slowly? INSIDE EDITION has the story.
After an earthquake ravaged Haiti last year, George Clooney rallied his celebrity pals for a telethon that raised more than $57 million.
There were similar star-studded fundraisers in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and of course, 9-11.
But one week after Japan was crippled by an earthquake, the tsunami, and now a nuclear crisis, there's no telethon in the works and no sign that Hollywood is coming together in a big way to support the suffering nation.
Gigi Stone of Bloomberg Television told INSIDE EDITION, "There's this perception out there that Japan is self sufficient compared to countries that have had other tragedies like Haiti and Indonesia for example. It's a very wealthy nation so people feel like the people in Japan have enough in their economy to help themselves."
The American Red Cross says that so far it's raised more than $50 million, but that's half of what it raised for Haiti in the same amount of time.
There have been random acts of generosity from celebrities. Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million. And Paris Hilton, who makes millions of dollars in endorsements in Japan, was photographed carrying a homemade "Help Japan" sign.
Lady Gaga came up with a creative way to raise money. She's selling $5 wristbands with the phrase "We Pray for Japan" in English and Japanese. Gaga tweeted: "Monsters: in just 48 hrs you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan."
American Idol is donating a portion of the profits from all Idol downloads on iTunes.
And Charlie Sheen is giving $1 from every ticket to his one-man show to help the people of Japan.
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