It isn’t anything new nor novel. But Liberians are always being asked to help celebrities who fall on tough times. The irony of all this is the fact that a lot of celebrities accuse Liberians of not supporting them.
I had spoken about this earlier in the year when I pointed out the fact that this is a false notion but it all boils down to a very selfish and self centred view of the world. You see, you will often hear Liberian acts complain about not receiving votes during continental award shows or Liberians not buying their music.
Sometimes it is thespians saying that we do not support their craft by buying tickets to plays or going to see their movies but all this is hogwash when you take into account the fact that when things get thick for all Liberian celebs, it is not the Government of Liberia that swoops in to save the day. It is not politicians who come in to help.
It is always invariably Liberians and to be honest with you, this is a unique problem situation because we have allowed celebs to nurture this belief. Think about it, every time they appeal for help, Liberians rally together to do something for them. When Christoph, needed help with his rent, Liberians arose to meet the challenge. When Revoluxon, needed to get outta his troubles, they also helped.
And they went above and beyond for Chiller. So, why would other artists who have fallen on tough times not think Liberians would do the same thing for them? And while this is a testament to just how charitable and good natured Liberians are.
You see, we live in a third world reality which means that we have to be aware of our circumstances and actually factor that in regardless of our craft. That means that if you’re an artist, do not simply live for today. Actually plan for what you will do when those concert performances dry up. If you’re an actor, plan for what you will do once that sitcom that gives you your daily bread comes to an end.
That is the prudent thing to do. And do not feel pressured to do anything for the sake of maintaining a public image.
But at the end of the day, what does it matter? When you fall on tough times, I am sure Liberians will be there to bail you out. Afterall, they are reaping what they sowed.