Celebrity News: Several dozens of United States stars were mobilized Tuesday in a telethon intended for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, appealing to unity and denouncing President Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the reality of climate change.
The rebroadcasting lasted only an hour, which raised $ 14.5 million, but a phone line would remain in operation all night, according to organizers.
In the purest style of the school, the celebrities, sitting at desks, were responding to calls from anonymous donors during the program.
Among the stars were singer Justin Bieber, actors George Clooney, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, and actresses Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon.
The event was initially targeted at Hurricane Harvey victims, which killed more than 70 people and severely hit the region of Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, causing considerable material damage.
But the organizers decided to increase the subscription to the victims of Hurricane Irma, which caused 12 deaths in Florida, razing their keys.
At the opening of the program, singer Stevie Wonder performed with a gospel group “Lean on Me”, but before singing, he addressed an indirect message to President Trump.
“We should begin to love and value our planet,” he said. “And whoever believes that climate warming does not exist must be blind or idiot,” he added with a touch of irony the legend of American music, which is blind.
Trump announced in early June its decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate, saying it was bad for the economy of his country.