Speaking of ineffectual Katrina relief

The proprietor of Titivil looks through his email and discovers a pile of invitations to “little Katrina benefits” — not telethons, but “just your standard random assortment of artists and musicians and the like, in little showcase evenings in nightclubs, bars or even the kitchens of shotgun flats, with ‘all profits going to Katrina relief.'”

Yeah, helping out is great, says Brent, but:

if you are the kind of performing artist that has some difficulty finding the paying audience you so clearly deserve, then the “benefit” you are throwing becomes less a “benefit” and more a bald exploitation of a natural disaster to convince people to come see you.


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