Well, no one can say they didn’t see this coming – after a week of blissful silence from some of the world’s most annoying celebrities, the Keep a Child Alive publicity stunt had only raised about a third of the money required to get the celebrities back online again and to put an end to their self-imposed “digital deaths.”
It appears at least one rich guy wanted to see his favorite stars back on Twitter, as billionaire Stewart Rahr donated half a million dollars to put an end to the embarrassing epic fail. Â The celebs themselves have expressed annoyance as to how the whole thing was managed, and at least one of the participants, Usher, started using Twitter again before the monetary goal was met.
The recent “digital death” celebrity publicity stunt for the Keep a Child Alive foundation is not really progressing as well as the participating stars had hoped, and some are even speaking out against what is being referred to as “emotional blackmail” from the celebrities who are withholding Twitter and Facebook updates until the $1 million donation mark is reached.
Actor-turned-radio-host Danny Bonaduce voiced his annoyance on his morning radio show, stating that it was ridiculous to start a fight against a disease by quitting something, and he feels that celebrities holding silence over their fans’ heads was an abuse of power. Â Bonaduce suggested that a better idea might be for the celebrities to use social media to remind their followers to donate. Â In the first day of the “event” the donations didn’t even reach $100,000 – apparently people aren’t in such a great hurry to have these egomaniacs back online.