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Old 01-10-2005, 04:33 AM   #1
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Why do some celebrities think they need so much money?

I'm not going to mention any names, but why do some celebrities expect to be paid so much money?

Example: movie stars who refuse to do a movie unless they get paid in excess of US$20 million . Sure some of them are talented at what they do, but why do they expect to be paid so much, especially when they already have millions of dollars?

I read in a magazine a couple of weeks back, another actor (who wasn't particularly high profile) said he didn't do cameo apperances because smart parts usually offered small pay checks.

What's going on here? So many people living in poverty and this people expect so much? Does greed go to these celebrities head's to cause them to live in a distorted reality?
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The same reason why some athletes do or musicians do, because we allow them to. It's a reality outside of our own. Yes I'm sure greed has something to do with it as well.
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It sure does suck at the movie theater.


But basicaly what BVS said.
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I hate to say it but watching some of those 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' shows makes me totally understand how the people who hated the rich so much they started the French revolution felt. There is no need for one person to have that much money, why, to keep jewelers and fashion designers in business and rich too I tell you the truth, I could NOT sit there on that much money with all the people who have nothing, even in my own town. It's just wrong. It's a twisted world when people who do the least work get the most money and the people working their butts off the hardest get the least and will never have anything
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What's going on here? So many people living in poverty and this people expect so much?
They deny for others what they demand for themselves This line in Crumbs pisses me off so bad, it's like the band is saying that everyone in America is well off and all these poor people in other countries are sitting there waiting for crumbs to drop. Well in my neighborhood they've already been eaten by poor kids and rats. There are millions of poor people living substandard lives in this country and if anyone should and could do something about it, how about those celebrities (no names again!) who are sitting on tens of millions of unused dollars and driving around in half million dollar cars. The Americans I know can hardly pay their bills and keep their cars running. One story that especially pisses me off is one of a famous actress (intials KB) who got sprayed by a mud puddle by a passing motorist and screamed at him that he made her so mad because her hairdo cost more than his car! And that's supposed to make him feel bad

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Yes. I do believe most celebrities, especially the Hollywood ones, do live in a fantasy world and are totally out of touch with real life, even if they came from a poor family. That's why I never take their politics seriously
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They deny for others what they demand for themselves This line in Crumbs pisses me off so bad, it's like the band is saying that everyone in America is well off and all these poor people in other countries are sitting there waiting for crumbs to drop.
I don't recall America ever being mentioned in that song, in fact I've always seen it as the richer countries ignoring the poorer countries not just America.

That being said, yes we have many of poor families in this country far too many, but the majority of the poor here still have it much better than millions out there in other countries.
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I don't recall America ever being mentioned in that song, in fact I've always seen it as the richer countries ignoring the poorer countries not just America.
Of course not, but it is the obvious consensus among the fans that it is, and yes not just the US but Europe and other 'richer' countries too, but I'm sure they all have their share of poor too.

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That being said, yes we have many of poor families in this country far too many, but the majority of the poor here still have it much better than millions out there in other countries.
But you have to consider, the poor here live in a world where prices are very high and you can't get by. In other countries where most other people have nothing either, it's not the same as having nothing here. In some countries, 8 bucks an hour is a fortune, but you can't live on that here, hell you can barely live on twice that in most places. That's why outsourcing is so evil (well to American workers anyway)

I saw these people on TV one day, they were complaining about the US protesters shutting down the 'sweat shops' where kids make small salaries in underdeveloped nations. These people, residents of the countries, said that they WANTED them because even if they only got a dollar a day and had to work 10 hours that was better than anyone else around there got. They said that most westerners were so out of touch they couldn't image that someone would value that job. In their country, things are cheaper so that's not so bad for them as it would be here. The people also said that when some of those shops were shut down by activists (they said they were mostly well off US college kids who didn't have a clue) that some of the workers, mostly young girls, had to turn to prostitution to make up for the lost money! So there is a totally different standard of cost of living in other places.
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But you have to consider, the poor here live in a world where prices are very high and you can't get by. In other countries where most other people have nothing either, it's not the same as having nothing here. In some countries, 8 bucks an hour is a fortune, but you can't live on that here, hell you can barely live on twice that in most places. That's why outsourcing is so evil (well to American workers anyway)

I saw these people on TV one day, they were complaining about the US protesters shutting down the 'sweat shops' where kids make small salaries in underdeveloped nations. These people, residents of the countries, said that they WANTED them because even if they only got a dollar a day and had to work 10 hours that was better than anyone else around there got. They said that most westerners were so out of touch they couldn't image that someone would value that job. In their country, things are cheaper so that's not so bad for them as it would be here. The people also said that when some of those shops were shut down by activists (they said they were mostly well off US college kids who didn't have a clue) that some of the workers, mostly young girls, had to turn to prostitution to make up for the lost money! So there is a totally different standard of cost of living in other places.
Another time another thread. I don't agree with any of this but I'll refrain in order to stay on topic.
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Another time another thread. I don't agree with any of this but I'll refrain in order to stay on topic.
It's all totally true and something to consider. Maybe you've never had to live on a low amount of money in a place where the standard of living and prices are set for people who make much more but I have. The sweat shop thing was on PBS, it happened. You're one of those liberal Americans who think they know it all but some people over there think you haven't got a friggin clue.

It's all relative: the money my husband makes will only qualify us for a house of $160,000. In some places in the US, even my old home town, you can get a beautiful home for that. But where I live, you can only get a dump, or somewhere in an undesirable crack ridden neighborhood. I could send you the realty ads if you don't believe me. I've heard in some places in CA and NY you have to pay $1000 a month for a one bedroom dive. Now look at the dirt poor countries. In a place where people live in mud shacks, or houses are only about 100 US dollars, 8 bucks an hour is a fortune, and 1 dollar a day is a liveable wage, whereas where I am $21 bucks an hour is a struggle. That's what I mean. You can't compare, the situations are too different.

But this is why so many companies move out of the country. While paying 8 dollars an hour is wonderful to people over there, people here can't live on it. Also, the saddest thing is, these are jobs that would pay 30 to 40 bucks an hour here, so the company is saving a lot of money, but the people put out of a job can no longer afford their home or keep their kids in college.
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It's all totally true and something to consider. Maybe you've never had to live on a low amount of money in a place where the standard of living and prices are set for people who make much more but I have. The sweat shop thing was on PBS, it happened.
I've been poor. I'm not saying what you said wasn't true I just don't think it supports your argument the way you think it does, there are far too many factors you are leaving out. Like I said another thread.

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You're one of those liberal Americans who think they know it all but some people over there think you haven't got a friggin clue.
This is completely unfucking-called for. You have no idea what I've seen in my life, what I've experienced, or where I've been.
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I think the worse are the rappers who not only make a ridiculous amount of money, spend it on the craziest things but then all their songs are about how much money the make. Very odd.
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This is completely unfucking-called for. You have no idea what I've seen in my life, what I've experienced, or where I've been.
No but I have read your posts. I too have been misjudged by my posts, I know it's a bad feeling. I just didn't know what else you could possibly have meant by that. But as you say, another thread.
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Oh, I don't think "Crumbs" is in any way an indictment of America or the West. "Running to Stand Still", for example, was about Dublin, so was "Bad", and that's the West. "Rich country" is a general statement, a term of convenience, if you will. Bono has also stated that he's lucky as heck to be a celebrity because he says most people do have to worry about paying bills, but he doesn't. That says it all right there for me. I think alot of celebrities are really out to lunch as per the life of ordinary people like us. There have always been really bad neighborhoods in Birmingham, and people are struggling with bills, in debt, and all sorts of crud. I play Lotto every time I visit Georgia.
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I'm not going to mention any names, but why do some celebrities expect to be paid so much money?



Example: movie stars who refuse to do a movie unless they get paid in excess of US$20 million . Sure some of them are talented at what they do, but why do they expect to be paid so much, especially when they already have millions of dollars?

Because people like you and me continue to see the movies, buy the DVD's, etc.
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It's all totally true and something to consider. Maybe you've never had to live on a low amount of money in a place where the standard of living and prices are set for people who make much more but I have. The sweat shop thing was on PBS, it happened. You're one of those liberal Americans who think they know it all but some people over there think you haven't got a friggin clue.

It's all relative: the money my husband makes will only qualify us for a house of $160,000. In some places in the US, even my old home town, you can get a beautiful home for that. But where I live, you can only get a dump, or somewhere in an undesirable crack ridden neighborhood. I could send you the realty ads if you don't believe me. I've heard in some places in CA and NY you have to pay $1000 a month for a one bedroom dive. Now look at the dirt poor countries. In a place where people live in mud shacks, or houses are only about 100 US dollars, 8 bucks an hour is a fortune, and 1 dollar a day is a liveable wage, whereas where I am $21 bucks an hour is a struggle. That's what I mean. You can't compare, the situations are too different.

But this is why so many companies move out of the country. While paying 8 dollars an hour is wonderful to people over there, people here can't live on it. Also, the saddest thing is, these are jobs that would pay 30 to 40 bucks an hour here, so the company is saving a lot of money, but the people put out of a job can no longer afford their home or keep their kids in college.
Playing devil's advocate for a second, how much do you think your computer would cost if it was completely manufactured (not just assembled a la Dell) but all components made in the US ? Probably 5 times as much as you paid.

Same goes with the clothes you're wearing, etc.

So, there is an upside to outsourcing for the consumer, it does help keep many higher end jobs in the US.

It HAS gotten ridiculous though, and if enough people rail against it, there will be a backlash and the trend might reverse somewhat.
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