As someone who tears up to the strains of the National Anthem and gets verklempt during parades, that new Hallmark recordable storybook commercial and walking by a serviceman or woman in the airport, I was touched at Justin Timberlake’s genuine emotion regarding the Marine Corps Ball he attended last Saturday night.
JT, who accepted a video invitation to accompany a servicewoman to the Ball, told People, “It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom… Humble, concerned for others before themselves… This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away.”
Awww, Justin! Just when I’m ready to throw in the celebrity-mania towel, you have to go and give celebs a good name! Not that I’m biased with him or anything, but really, how refreshing! It’s so nice to see someone with so much using their power (um, he did bring sexy back) for good instead of evil – and learning a little something to boot.
Justin; however, is just one of many stars who deign to shine their goodwill upon us. Whether the gesture is great or small, these famous folk are doing their part to give back.
Amy Poehler and hubby Will Arnett are doing right by the growing brood of bambinos they keep making AND looking out for tykes who need the love and safety of a family. The comedic couple hosted the 7th annual benefit gala for the Worldwide Orphan’s foundation this month, drawing in supporters like Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield and Mary Louise Parker.
Lady Gaga never backs down from a chance to speak out against bullying and intolerance. To drive her point home, she’s started the Born This Way Foundation with her mom. Like any good mama monster, the Gaga woman is looking out for her little monsters and fighting for awareness and equality for all.
Now these are the kinds of stories that make me hope, in the words of Hogwarts’ hapless Professor Lockhart, that “Celebrity is as celebrity does.” It’s heartening to see those with so much talent and influence use the platform of their fame to make the world a little bit better than they found it.