CNN reported last week that hip hop star Kanye West – the same Kanye West who arrogantly posed as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns on the cover of Rolling Stone last year – recently decided he wanted to order dinner from a Wales restaurant.
The problem is this: West wasn’t in Wales; he was in New York. So his $17.50 meal ultimately wound up costing $3,900 when it was delivered to him across the pond.
People who exuberantly waste money in an attempt to prove their “exalted status” have always made me cringe. There are lots of things I wouldn’t mind owning if they were given to me. I’m quite fond of fashion and designer handbags, but if I hit the jackpot tomorrow or finally convinced Oprah to adopt me, I doubt you’ll ever catch me dropping $2 grand on a dress or purse, primarily because I am aware that people are starving, and paying that much for something unnecessary would just feel morally wrong.
The following stats from Think Quest shed a little light on the subject of starvation:
* In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called “absolute poverty.”
* Every year, 15 million children die of hunger.
* The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the world is well-fed, one-third is under-fed and one-third is starving. Guess which third you’re in computer user?
* Three billion people in the world today struggle to survive on $2 a day.<br?
* In the United States, hunger and race are related. In 1991, 46 percent of African-American children and 40 percent of Latino children were chronically hungry, compared to 16 percent of white children.