There's no denying that Bristol Palin's kind of a hypocrite, running around telling other teens not to have premarital sex when she obviously has little ground to stand on regarding the matter. However, the Candie's Foundation thought she would be a worthy spokesperson for teen pregnancy prevention -- so worthy that they paid her $262,000 for the role, according to tax documents that have recently been posted online.
The hitch: Candie's only gave a measly $35,000 in grants to actual teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics; $25,000 to the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center; and $10,000 to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
The thing is, I'm not at all surprised.
That's because whether you like her or agree with her or not, Bristol is considered a celebrity. Candie's paid her what they thought was appropriate for their campaign, while taking into consideration that famous faces are by and far more effective in advertising.
What's more, it's not like she got that $262K for doing nothing. An "insider" told The New York Daily News:
The money she received was from multiple projects she did with them. She shot PSAs, print and Internet ads, and did town hall meetings, as well, and the money she made was an accumulation of all of that. This is not out of the ordinary for a celebrity to make an income off of a charity they represent.
Duh. I'm not quite sure I get how this is any different than how Sally Field gets paid to peddle osteoporosis drugs or Susan Sarandon for endorsing milk. (Aside from the fact that those aren't charities, but they're both celeb spokespeople.)
And supposedly, for every dollar Bristol gave to the cause, she paid herself $7.50. But I don't have a problem with that, either. Just because a celeb lends his or her face to a campaign (nonprofit or otherwise) doesn't mean they're required to give their compensation right back to the cause. Sure, it would be nice if Bristol had been like, "Sure, I'll just sign over my check to Planned Parenthood at the end of the day!" (Ha, yeah right.) But come on -- that's silly. She did work, she got paid for it, and she reserves the right to keep or donate the cashola.
All we can really take away here is that it pays to research any foundation you want to support. If you want to support a nonprofit that spends more of its dough on real women instead of glossy, celebrity-endorsed advertising campaigns and speaking events, well, now you know that probably isn't Candie's. (Then again, you may never hear of those other nonprofits unless they can score a big glossy ad campaign.) And by the way, if you really care about preventing teen pregnancy, you probably shouldn't support any program that preaches abstinence only! It doesn't work; comprehensive sex ed that teaches teens about safe sex does.
But as for Bristol, I don't see why she should be under fire. The fact of the matter is that she was only doing her job.
What do you think about Bristol and Candie's?
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