Katrina: Rating the weekend's telethons

9400__rock_lConsensus about this weekend’s televised concerts for Katrina relief seems to be that ”Shelter from the Storm” (the one that aired on virtually every channel) was staid and somber, BET’s ”SOS (Saving OurSelves)” was loose and political, and MTV"s sprawling, four-hour-plus ”ReAct Now: Music and Relief” was unfocused and all over the place.

Which of the three telethons do PopWatch readers think offered the best music? Who gave the best performances? (Randy Newman? Mary J. Blige and U2? Alicia Keys? Patti LaBelle? Aaron Neville? Red Hot Chili Peppers? Fiona Apple? Buckwheat Zydeco? Audioslave?)

Also, what do readers think of Chris Rock’s offhand jabs at Kanye West (”George Bush hates midgets” and ”George Bush hates albinos”)? Funny? Inappropriate?

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  • Sarah

    The jab wasn’t at Kanye West, gimme a break. It was the censorship of American media that Chris rock was poking sticks at. Wag the Dog, Chris! Rock on. Nothing is more refreshing (or truly American!) than a person speaking the truth, whether it be West or Rock, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Bill Maher, Al Franken, Randi Rhodes…. all stand-up folks who are sick of listening to and swallowing the news that networks shove down our throats. All hail Jon Stewart and the like, for opening the eyes of the American public to the silliness and falsehoods that permeate American media. Mission Accomplished. Phhfth.

  • not Sarah

    “Nothing is more refreshing (or truly American!) than a person speaking the truth, whether it be West or Rock, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Bill Maher, Al Franken, Randi Rhodes”
    LOL!!!! That’s the funniest joke I’ve heard yet. Get real. That’s the truth? What world do you live in?

  • dma

    Apparently we live in a world where God forbid if you have an opinion of some kind, you get shot down because someone doesn’t agree with you. As a friend of mine says: Opinions are like a**holes; everyone has one.

  • not Sarah

    You are very correct…everyone does have an opinion. But just because someone spouts off an opinion, it doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

  • Britney

    If you ask me, the best performance at the React Now telethon on MTV, VH1, and CMT goes to Kelly Clarkson. She is suffering from bronchitis right now, but she still went there and gave an amazing, emotional, heartfelt performance of “Shelter.” Talk about a true professional. Another favorite performance was Mellisa Ethridge’s song, “4 Days.” She wrote the song specifically about Hurricane Katrina, and she gave an amazing performance. I’m so glad she is recovering so well. She is one of the greats.
    And Chris Rock’s comment was far from inappropriate. It was outright funny. That show needed a little lightening up, and why should a telethon be completely depressing? The point is to help people. Sadness shouldn’t be the only motivator for giving.

  • Liza

    I beleive that eveyone has a right to express their opinion. Kanye West got bashed for saying what he thinks, even though he was right, and we all know it. Chris Rock was funny. I think the only person who made a fool of themselves in the past few weeks (Besides Bush and Michael Brown) is Celine Dion on Larry King Live, that was over-acting and over reacting at its best.

  • Shy

    R. Kelly’s new song was really good. I really enjoyed that song. Regardless of what’s going in his personal life, the man is really talented. This is a country where Kanye,Chris Rock and others can say what they want. They have that right!!!!!!

  • gabe

    I Thought Mariah Rocked it w/ a very touching performance..and Mary J. as well…

  • Sarah

    “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else”
    – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
    I think Kanye West must be the most patriotic man in the country.
    As to your inquiry, “Not Sarah”, I live in a world where I believe that fascism is now the way of our country, where corporations (including the media networks) really run the show. It’s all about the money; the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and many of us are barely scraping by. Let me guess, you must get in on Bush’s tax cuts?
    As for the world I belive we COULD live in, I’m encouraged by the amazing people all over the nation giving shelter to families now homeless, offering spare rooms, food from their table, and clothes from their closets. I applaud the people of this country for their work during this tragedy. I am proud to be one of them.
    As for the Federal Government… well, they simply dropped the ball, didn’t they? Let their true colors show on this one. Tell me, if the Hamptons had gotten hit with a hurricane like this, still think it would have taken 5 days for federal help to arrive? I think not.
    What state do you live in, Ohio? Somewhere in the Bible Belt, perhaps?

  • tiana

    i think kanye west spoke the truth and its to bad we have people who are not willing to listen or accept the truth!!! well i guess when they say the truth hurts they must mean it stabs you in the heart because people were acting like they were going to die just because kanye west said what everyone was thinking and personally i give him praise for standing up and speaking the truth and we need a hell of alot more people just like him. (i mean after all this is america right? freedom of speech right? so why should we as americans bite or tongue, we pride ourselves in free speech and i think its about time that we use it)
    GO HEAD KANYE WEST!!!

  • precious

    kanye west was right for speaking his mind and i don’t care how anyone else feels about the situation.

  • not Sarah

    Dear Sarah…you obviously do not live by the standard of practicing what you preach. For as open-minded as you are praising yourself to be, you sure are stereotypical. No, I don’t live in Ohio – I live in Georgia. No, I don’t get in on Bush’s tax cuts – I support a family of 4 on $43,000 per year. I suppose you think I’m male, white and Republican as well. (You’d be wrong on two of those three. I’ll let you guess which).
    My point is that I’m sick of celebrities and pseudo-celebrities acting like they know what is really going on and even more sick of the lemmings that believe their every word as truth. But what bothers me most is listening to all these self-richeous people who claim to be so open-minded about things – when in reality, they are as narrow-minded as the people they are criticizing. I’m wondering if you read an article that stated that the mayor of New Orleans dropped the ball, would you immediately dismiss it as false?
    Thankfully, there are many people in this country who choose to help out above pointing fingers.

  • Sarah

    Dear Not Sarah,
    You are right on one count – my inquiry as to where you live was uncalled for, and I apologize.
    As to the rest, only so much of me is visible in a blog post, and I know that I practice what I preach. I am proud of my beliefs, my way of life, and the way that I support the rights of others. I do not swallow everything that is said by celebrities to be absolute truth, but I certainly do not swallow everything that the government spits out, either. I have come to my conclusions by listening to all sides and making my own decisions about what I feel is right.

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