Celebrity Diplomacy by Andrew F. Cooper, Louise Frechette

By Andrew F. Cooper, Louise Frechette

Time journal named Bono and invoice and Melinda Gates their "Persons of the Year." The United international locations tapped Angelina Jolie as a goodwill ambassador. Bob Geldof prepared the Live8 live performance to push the G8 leaders' summit on AIDS and debt aid. What has turn out to be known as "celebrity international relations" draws huge media consciousness, major funds, and best legitimate entry all over the world. yet is that this phenomenon simply the newest fad? Are celebrities dabbling in an enviornment that's out in their intensity, or are they bringing justified discover to big difficulties that will in a different way languish at the crowded overseas diplomatic scene? This booklet is the 1st to ascertain star international relations as a significant international undertaking with vital implications, either confident and damaging. meant for readers who would possibly not commonly examine celebrities, it is going to additionally allure audiences frequently became off by means of foreign affairs. Celebrities carry optimism and "buzz" to matters that appear deep and gloomy. no matter if their lofty pursuits stay elusive, whilst celebrities converse, different actors within the international process hear.

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Akin to Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana can be classified as a glamorous enthusiast of the highest rank whose activities embedded her into the world of public diplomacy. A final point of evolutionary distinction is the blurring of the lines visà-vis celebrity diplomats between their public and private lives. Audrey Hepburn engaged with the diplomatic world when she no longer was doing movies. And she did so—at least in the public eye—without a partner. Although her third husband, Robert Wolders, proved extremely supportive of her work, the focus was entirely on her as a solo act.

By the end of the Cold War, in the midst of the ascendancy of complex humanitarian crises, though, glamour was not enough to win kudos. Loren was criticized by reporters for turning up for her UNHCR appointment ceremony in a brown Rolls Royce that matched her fur coat. When asked how a film star like herself could help starving Somali refugees, she answered that she would lend her name to publicize the crisis. One journalist followed up this line of inquiry by asking whether she would be taking her Rolls Royce to Somalia with her.

She fought against donor or compassion fatigue without making her activities (including the crisis-­ridden, dangerous places she was pulled toward) into an elaborate photo-op. Throughout this work she used her position as a celebrity as a mechanism to shift attention from what many within the audience wanted her to talk about (her life on-screen) to the plight of children in the world.  . ”11 A Hard Act to Follow Audrey Hepburn created a model of star power expressed via the UN organizational structure that other celebrities could—and did in quite large numbers—try to follow.

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