Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ed Norton embarrassed to take when he already has so much



Edward Norton is all about banishing lavish gift baskets on presenters at top awards shows. Norton "is appalled" by the freebies celebs pick up backstage at events like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, while many people watching the ceremonies at home are "struggling to pay the rent and feed their kids." So refreshing to see a human that isn't completely self centered and selfish.

He says, "A lot of us have talked to the Academy Awards producers about this and I think they're actually going to scuttle the gift baskets and that kind of stuff. I mean the gift baskets, worth amounts of money that a low income family could live on for a year, are given to people who have so much already. It gets depressing. You sit there, going, 'This is an embarrassment.'" Nothing worse than someone sitting in a big pile of wealth hoarding it all to themselves.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this guy! I have never heard a celebrity say anything like that.

My Two Cents said...

Me heart this guy too! He is one of my fave actors.

yo said...

You go Ed!

Sar said...

Amen to that!

And I'd be more than happy to take the gift baskets off their hands.

Anonymous said...

I think Ed Norton is the exception when it comes to celebrity, however, we're going to see a big shift in the gift-bagging that goes on because the IRS is poised to get involved and start assessing the contents as disposable income.

Anonymous said...

Ed Norton has the makings of an American President, way to go Ed!

I would have thought something like this would have come from bigger "saints' like Angolina Jolie, George Clooney or Brad Pitt. It's refreshing to see that someone in Hollywood has the decency to say enough is enough already!

airchick said...

I adore Ed Norton. Good actor and all around thoughtful guy.

trigun cat said...

One of the few celebrities who got brains.
Love him!

laura said...

I LOVE Edward Norton. He and Christian Bale are my favs. SO glad to hear he is embarrassed by that. Most celebs think they are entitled to such gifts. gag me.

DarkEmpress said...

Eddie I'm so impressed! He's totally right, but I'm not sure the award shows will stop with the gift baskets, because they do it so celebrities will come (the greedy ones) and companies like the attention their products get, if celebrities are using them. Maybe it would be a good idea if celebrities auctioned their gift baskets and the proceeds went to charity. Yeah, its sickeningly ironic how they get free things like gowns and jewelley once they are rich, when poor ppl worldwide are suffering!

darkempress said...

oops forgot the r: jewellery, or jewelry for the americans : )

Anonymous said...

Ed Norton discussed this whole issue surrounding gift baskets in his interview with Sarah Hampson of the Globe and Mail.

Sadly, Ms. Hampson did not take the opportunity to congratulate Norton on his views...instead she belittled him and patronized him throughut her column...Check out this link for the details...I would be interested in hearing other comments in regards to the tone of Sarah Hampson's column:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001570/board/flat/64803017?d=64803017#64803017

Anonymous said...

Makes ya root for the guy