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Angelina Jolie is a Celebrity Do-Gooder

Angelina Jolie is a Celebrity Do-Gooder

Angelina Jolie recently topped Reuters’ celebrity do-gooder poll for both her work as a U.N. goodwill ambassador and raising awareness of suffering in Africa.

On the bottom of the list? Fellow adoptive mother Madonna! The Queen of Pop was voted the least respected celebrity altruist of 2007 because of claims she used her fame and wealth to circumvent Malawian adoption rules.

“People aren’t stupid,” said Peter Walker, director of the Feinstein International Famine Center at Tufts University. “They can really sense when it’s just an endorsement and when somebody really means it. Someone like Angelina Jolie comes across as having more integrity than some celebrities and a greater sense that she doesn’t just do this for the publicity.”

One voter in the poll hurled quite the insult: “Madonna seems to do philanthropy the way she’s done Indian culture, sex and just about everything — like a disposable fad.”

Ouch!

Brad Pitt, Mia Farrow and Don Cheadle also won praise for their advocacy on behalf of Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.

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  • QQQQ

    Thanks JJ

  • brittny

    2nd

  • hiya

    wohooooooooooooooo way to go Angie!!we love you.Jared please add that Brad was in the list too.thanks

  • JOLLIEBEE630

    Good job AJ. You deserve it. Now don’t be jealous haters.

  • BRANGELINA #1

    CONGRATULATION ANGIE!!!!
    WE LOVE YOU FOREVER.
    I’M PROUD TO BE YOUR FAN.

  • http://Google.com christmas spirit

    Love you Angelina!!!!!! Congrats! Thanks Jared!

  • Lady G

    Go Angie, Go Angie, Go!!!

    WTG Angie — I always knew you were the real deal!

    Thanks Jared.

  • bravo

    Angelina is a compassionate person without a cause… her charity begins with her heart…
    Ditto on the voter who wrote such a lucid statement re: Madonna… FAKE, FAKE, FAKE… there’s not much substance behind all the well engineered facades…

  • hiya

    thanks JJ for adding Brad’s name too,way to go jolie-pitt.they are the best couple now and forever.

  • Big Deal

    WHO cares?

  • Passing Through

    Congrats to Angie, Brad and Don.

  • lulu

    JJ , you falied to mention Oprah was also on the list of least repsected do-gooder celbrities.

  • bAMPZS ALWAYS MY FAVORITE

    Angelina is an amazing person, she had the biggest heart ever.
    God Bless Angie and the whole family.
    Angie is my #1 role model.

  • sara the fan

    I just love Angie and Brad.they are great couple with good heart.I love Don too.congrate to Brad and Angie and whoever got praises.

    hi fans.have a nice day.

  • http://justjared susieqt

    To Big Deal,

    Sorry. YOU care. You are here with us. LOL!

  • stop the snark

    It looks like it says Angelina is a goody too shoes.

    Angelina is a celebrity humanitarian.

    This “do-gooder” moniker has to go. Nobody called Audrey Hepburn or Paul Newman a do-gooder……….

  • http://justjaredbuzznet.com so-true

    Thanks Peter Walker, you finally said what I have been wanting to say.
    Madonna is so fake. We the people are NOT STUPID to see through Madonna.

    Congratulation Angie. This poll is the true poll that sees the truth. Angie is the real deal, and so is Brad. Love this couple.

    Thanks Jared for this thread.

  • BAMPZS#1

    Angie is hotter than ever…..
    I’m a die hard fan.

  • anon

    Brad Pitt, Mia Farrow and Don Cheadle also won praise for their advocacy on behalf of Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.

    Nice.

  • shi-baby

    GO ANGIE!!! she is the real deal…her sincerity and hard work is being recognize by those in higher places!! Good will always prevail !!

  • BAMPZS#1

    Thank you JJ for all the threads…
    you’re really made my days knowing that Angie is bless and well….

  • http://justjaredbuzznet.com so-true

    To Big Deal #10
    Why are you here? It must be a BIG DEAL TO YOU or you wouild not try to shoot it down.

  • Katie

    I’m happy that again Brad and Angelina are getting praise for their charity’s works.well done super couple.

    Thanks JJ

  • bananas

    it truly shows that Angelina is not just a hollywood celebrity but a person who cares for other people and their well being. good for her.

  • stop the snark

    This person didn’t have to be so harsh regarding Madonna. If he had bothered to do any investigation he would have found that Madonna has been an advocate for AIDS research and an avid supporter of the GMHC for the past 20 years. She was ahead of everyone.

  • HEHEHE

    Only God knows who is doing this kind of work with her/his heart and who is just looking for publicity.hope they all do it according to their heart.

  • name

    i’ve always thought it is very important to mention ALL the do-gooders in hollywood and mention the once that do it for publicity because all these celebs need to know you CAN’T pretend to care. You either do or you don’t.

  • Gerry’s girl

    COngrats to Angie, Brad and Don and Mia as well. They are all deserving of the praise!

    And hell yea, someone called out Maddonna for the fake b*tch that she is! Amen to that.

  • unabashed

    Just compare their faces. Madonna looks hard and brittle. Angelina is just luminous.

  • LADY T

    Good morning BAMPZSTERS! Busy,busy, busy but always lurking…

  • Lady G

    Kudos to Brad, Don, and Mia!!!!

  • well

    Hey JJ where’s the link to the poll or the article?

  • ella

    Congrats to brad, angie, don, mia and to all of those who are in it from their heart.

  • coco

    Angelina deserves it to be acknowledged for her mighty heart of humanity.

  • Lady G

    FACTBOX-Angelina Jolie tops poll of best celebrity do-gooder
    Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:00am EST Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single

    Dec 27 (Reuters Life!) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie tops a Reuters poll released on Thursday of the best celebrity humanitarians of 2007.

    The poll by humanitarian Web site Reuters AlertNet (www.alertnet.org), which surveyed 606 people from Dec. 7 to 19, also found fellow adoptive mother Madonna was the least respected celebrity altruist of 2007.

    Here are some details of the winners – and losers:

    Q: Who gave the best name to “celebrity humanitarianism” in 2007?

    1. Angelina Jolie

    The actress has visited more than 20 humanitarian hot spots including Iraq and Darfur since becoming a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency in 2001. On a trip to Iraq in August, she appealed for international aid to help millions of displaced Iraqis. Jolie has three adopted children – from Ethiopia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    2. Bono

    The U2 singer and “Red” campaigner has been a tireless voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty and crippling debt.

    3. Desmond Tutu

    The apartheid opponent and Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been a constant advocate of conflict resolution and reconciliation. This year he won India’s Gandhi Peace Prize and has been a vocal critic of the South African government’s response to HIV/AIDS. He is leader of “The Elders”, a humanitarian council made up of elder statesmen.

    4. Bill Gates

    The Microsoft founder and world’s second-richest man has poured money into the fight against infectious diseases such as AIDS and malaria. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $3.5 billion since 2003, according to BusinessWeek.

    5. Bill Clinton

    The former U.S. president’s foundation tackles causes from HIV/AIDS to ethnic conflict. He holds an annual philanthropic summit that this year generated pledges to combat health, poverty, education and climate woes that he said could help 100 million people. His new book is titled “GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World”.

    6. Jimmy Carter

    The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former U.S. president is a crusader for conflict resolution and diplomacy. His Carter Center works to prevent wars and eradicate diseases. This year he toured Sudan’s Darfur region with “The Elders” humanitarian council.

    7. Kofi Annan

    The former United Nations secretary-general is also a member of the “Elders” humanitarian council and founder of the Global Humanitarian Forum dedicated to strengthening the international community’s ability to tackle the big crises of our time and mega-disasters like the Asian tsunami.

    8. Mia Farrow

    A committed Darfur activist, Farrow has led a global movement to press China to help end abuses by ally Sudan. This year she started an Olympic-style torch relay through countries that have suffered genocide and offered up her own freedom in exchange for a respected Darfur rebel figure.

    9. Don Cheadle

    The actor has embraced humanitarian causes since his Oscar-nominated role in 2004’s “Hotel Rwanda”, becoming a passionate spokesman against atrocities in Darfur. He co-wrote “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond”.

    10. Brad Pitt

    Like his partner, Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood hunk is a respected Darfur advocate. He has also launched a housing project in New Orleans.

    Q: Who gave celebrity humanitarianism the worst name?

    1. Madonna

    Despite controversy surrounding her adoption of a Malawian “orphan” last year, Madonna has been lauded by Malawi’s government for putting the plight of AIDS orphans on the global stage and raising money to help them.

    2. Paris Hilton

    After spending 45 days in jail this year for violating probation on a traffic offense, Hilton announced she planned to swap partying for philanthropy with a trip to Rwanda. The trip was later postponed.

    3. Oprah Winfrey

    America’s highest-paid TV celebrity has used her Oprah’s Angel Network charity to support vulnerable people worldwide and AIDS-affected children in Africa. The former Bob Hope Humanitarian Award winner is ranked 35th in BusinessWeek’s ranking of most generous philanthropists. But her girls’ academy in South Africa made headlines this year when a former dormitory matron was charged with abusing students.

    4. Bono

    See above

    5. Bob Geldof

    The LiveAid legend and former Boomtown Rats singer has kept up the pressure on aid, trade and debt issues. His TV company is launching a broadband channel aimed at promoting world peace.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN21261391

  • BAMPZS#1

    I have to agree with some of the post here that they shouldn’t be so harsh on Madonna, at least she is doing something to help africa.
    They should have a BAD-DOER and list MANISTON on there.

  • lulu

    Amazing Angelina, she deserve it more than anyone else.

  • lulu

    BAMPZS#1 @ 12/28/2007 at 11:27 am I have to agree with some of the post here that they shouldn’t be so harsh on Madonna, at least she is doing something to help africa.
    They should have a BAD-DOER and list MANISTON on there.

    +++++++++

    ITA. anyone doing charity should be praised.

  • Andrómeda

    Bravo!!….This is my Angie.
    Congratulations. You have a heart of gold. God bless you and your lovely family.
    Thanks JJ.

  • AA

    Jerry Lewis Named Most-Effective Celebrity for Charity Causes

    By Anne Howard

    Americans find the actor Jerry Lewis to be the most effective celebrity for charity causes, according to a survey by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

    Though older Americans came to know Jerry Lewis first as the star of “The Disorderly Orderly” and the slapstick comic to Dean Martin’s straight man, younger generations have been introduced to him through the annual telethons he plays host to for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The telethons raise tens of millions of dollars each year, to fight neuromuscular diseases though research, treatment, and educational programs.

    Mr. Lewis will lead the group’s 42nd televised fund-raising drive September 2 and 3.

    “I was a little surprised when I heard, but then you get to know how long he has been supporting MDA,” says Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Foundation, which operates the company’s philanthropic programs. “Jerry Lewis was doing this over a course of time, he didn’t do it for a couple years and then move onto something else. He had a heartfelt passion and stayed with it for decades.”

    The other nine spots on the survey’s list went to, in order: Oprah Winfrey, Michael J. Fox, former president Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Bono of the rock group U2, Lance Armstrong, Katie Couric, and Rosie O’Donnell.

    Nationwide’s survey, conducted through phone interviews with 462 American adults, also asked respondents what issues they found to be the most important.

    Causes that help children and youths topped that list, followed by efforts for animals, antihunger causes, education and literacy, services for older people, religion, health and medicine, the environment, aid for disabled people, and women’s causes.

    Younger people, ages 18 to 42, were more interested in international causes than older people were, the survey showed, and favored celebrities like Ms. Winfrey, Ms. Jolie, and Bono, who work in developing countries to ease poverty.

    http://www.philanthropy.com/news/updates/2931/jerry-lewis-named-most-effective-celebrity-for-charity-causes

  • marianna

    Congrats to Angelina. Why is Bono on both lists?

  • +++

    BAMPZS#1 @ 12/28/2007 at 11:27

    They should have a BAD-DOER and list MANISTON on there

    ++++++=
    No, they should have the most stingy celebrity list, Maniston will come on top of the list.

  • Safsoufa normalement log1=0

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ma7léééha!

  • Yuck

    Whoo hoo! Congrats to Angie & Brad!

  • Safsoufa normalement log1=0

    angelina franchement tu merite d’etre toujours au top tu es superrrrrrrrrbe!!!mon dieu elle est au top de tout!que dieu te protége!!

  • Mzslil

    Congrats to Angie, Brad and all others who made the list.

  • RAYE

    Lady G @ 12/28/2007 at 11:26 am FACTBOX-Angelina Jolie tops poll of best celebrity do-gooder
    Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:00am EST Email | Print | Share| Reprints | Single

    Dec 27 (Reuters Life!) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie tops a Reuters poll released on Thursday of the best celebrity humanitarians of 2007
    *******************************************

    Its good Clooney is not on the list, but Don C is, Mia, Brad and of course our fave girl Angie is no. 1.

  • sara the fan

    Lady G @ 12/28/2007 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the whole article,It is so good to see people understand that Oprah just loves her money nothing more than that. :D

    I just can’t stand Oprah,good to see many people can see the truth too.

  • BAMPZS#1

    BAMPZS#1 @ 12/28/2007 at 11:27 am I have to agree with some of the post here that they shouldn’t be so harsh on Madonna, at least she is doing something to help africa.
    They should have a BAD-DOER and list MANISTON on there.

    +++++++++

    ITA. anyone doing charity should be praised.
    +++ @ 12/28/2007 at 11:34 am BAMPZS#1 @ 12/28/2007 at 11:27

    They should have a BAD-DOER and list MANISTON on there

    ++++++=
    No, they should have the most stingy celebrity list, Maniston will come on top of the list.

    THANK YOU AND I AGREE WITH ALL…

  • sara the fan

    RAYE @ 12/28/2007 at 11:43 am

    yeah,people aren’t stupid.they can understand who will start talking about Darfur when award season begins.I’m happy he is not on the list too.

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