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10 Celebrities Fighting For Change

We see hundreds of adverts on our TV screens from charities urging us to donate to their causes. But many of us question why we, the average citizen, are targeted for these kinds of  adverts and not celebrities who earn millions. Well, there are some celebrities who are striving to make a difference. Some, not all.

Billie Eilish Against Animal Cruelty!

Billie Eilish struck a deal with designer Oscar de la Renta in 2021. She would wear their clothes, but only if they stopped using animal fur in their collections. And guess what? They said yes!  

“I’m honoured to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter. I urge all designers to do the same.” 

Michael Sheen For Charity

Michael Sheen, known for his appearance in Good Omens, has announced that he is now a not-for-profit actor after selling his houses. This means that he had pledged to donate any future acting proceeds to charity.  

“I’ll put large amounts of money into this or that, because I’ll be able to earn it back again. I’ve essentially turned myself into a social enterprise, a not-for-profit actor.” 

Shailene Woodley For Native American Heritage

Shailene Woodley was arrested after protesting against the construction of $3.7bn oil pipeline as the work risks contaminating Native American sacred sites, such as burial sites and places of prayer.  

“It took me, a white non-native woman being arrested … to bring this cause to many people’s attention.”  

Leonardo DiCaprio For The Environment

Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his acting performances in films such as Titanic and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, established The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with the mission of protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions that benefit both humanity and our planet. The foundation supports over 35 innovative conservation projects around the world that protect fragile ecosystems and key species.  

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” 

Josh Hutcherson for LGBTQ+ Rights

The Hunger Games actor has proven himself to be an LGBTQ+ ally by advocating for gay-straight alliance. He founded Straight But Not Narrow,- a youth group aimed at fighting homophobia after two of his gay uncles died of AIDS. He also worked alongside The Trevor Project and human-I-T when he began his campaign “Power On”, which helps young LGBT people from rural areas by donating old computers and cell phones to LGBT resource centres.  

“Whether you’re straight or gay, relationships and falling in love is difficult anyways, we should not make it any harder.” 

Taylor Swift Against Sexual Assault

Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift won a civil case against an ex-DJ who grabbed her bottom after putting his hand under her skirt during a pre-concert photo opportunity. This is significant as it highlighted sexual assault that usually gets pushed under the rug. She also refused to back down in one of the few reported cases where the celebrity was the victim, not the perpetrator.   

“I’m not going to allow you or your client to say I am to blame. I know exactly who did this. It is not alleged. It is a fact. You can ask me a million questions about it and I’m never going to say anything different.” 

Angelina Jolie For Refugees

After years of dedicated service to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Angelina Jolie was appointed Special Envoy in April 2012. In her expanded role, Jolie focuses on major crises that result in the displacement of many families. She also engages with decision-makers on global displacement issues. She has contributed to finding solutions for people forced to flee their homes. 

“I found myself a student at their feet. I have learned more from [refugees] about family, resilience, dignity and survival than I can express.” 

Reese Witherspoon For Women's Rights

Reese Witherspoon founded Hello Sunshine, a media company that spotlights women’s stories. They tell everything from complex to simple stories, and organise a monthly book club. Hello Sunshine also had a filmmaker lab to teach girls aged 13–18 how to document their own stories. She has since sold her company, but their mission remains the same.  

“I was really clear about what women’s stories mean in a marketplace. So it had to be a number that signified that it’s big business because women are big business. Female audiences are big business. Female filmmakers are big business. You can’t ignore half of the population of the world and say that they don’t economically matter; they do.” 

Shakira Against Poverty

Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation to help her home country develop schools for children who live in poverty. For her baby shower registry, she asked fans to donate to UNICEF rather than leave gifts or cards.  

“Artists have a tremendous power to communicate, to reach people, to woo, to inspire. It’s an important and fundamental part of my life to be able to use my public profile to make certain issues visible, issues that are more important than my own career, that are more urgent and need immediate attention.” 

Jonathan Bailey for LGBTQ+ Rights

Jonathan Bailey, known for his role in Bridgerton, has long been a proponent for LGBTQ+ rights, and recently opened up about his dream of seeing gay men play their own experience. 

“And also, there’s a reason why gay characters are so interesting. Because much like the women in Bridgerton, there are a lot of hurdles and there’s a lot of self-growth, and there’s a real strength to gay men. So the fact that a lot of straight men have gone on to play iconic gay roles and to be lauded for that is fantastic, that that story is being told. But wouldn’t it be brilliant to see gay men play their own experience?” 

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