While spooked American governors are shouting “not in my backyard” and Republican contenders are laying down proposed restrictions and blatantly racist battle cries, the guy who satirzed ignorance with Borat donated one million dollars to help the men, women and children of Syria.
English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife,* Australian actress Isla Fisher, donated about $500,000 to Save The Children and $500,000 to the International Rescue Committee. This money will go toward providing measles vaccinations to those in Northern Syria and “education, health care, shelter and sanitation for refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries” according to BBC.
Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children, explains that measles have become a major threat in the wake of the breakdown of Syria’s health system, and added, “These are desperate times for Syrian families facing bombs, bullets and torture in Syria. The couple’s donation will save many thousands of lives and protect some of the most vulnerable children.”
A lot of times our tag “Celebrities Are Better Than You” is meant mockingly. But today, a pair of people known for playing dangerous dummies in films like Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, Bachelorette and Wedding Crashers showed greater humanity than a scads of American politicians.
*Kristy Puchko hopes you read “his wife” in the Borat voice.