Amnesty International Celeb Portraits?
for those fleeing from persecution and repression. Generations
of refugees have enriched the life of this city. I fully support
Amnesty International's Respect for Refugees campaign."
Photograph © Jake Gavin.
I am not a big fan of the celebrity spokesperson. So, no surprise, I find the set of celeb portraits meant to publicize a recent Amnesty International campaign uninspired and uninspiring. It seems to me that relying on celebrities is de-politicizing because it suggests that one must be 'all that' in order to get the powers that be to pay attention. It encourages regular folks to sit back and rely on the rich and famous to speak out for them. In this instance, there is the additional problem that, other than "Red Ken" ~ who after all is a good lefty politician ~I honestly have not actually heard of any of these other people. What is the lower bound on celebrity?