In addition to being passionate about how getting divorced from her husband of 8 years has made her a better person, Olivia Wilde is very active in numerous charities. One of them is the organization Artists For Peace and Justice, which works in Haiti to support doctor and community organizer Father Rich Frechette, who has spend the past 22 years overseeing a pediatric hospital in Port au Prince, an orphanage, elementary schools, and a facility that works with special needs children. Wilde became involved with the organization when she visited Haiti after the massive earthquake hit the island on January 24th, 2010, and the devastation she described motivated her to help with the charity’s fundraising efforts.
This has proved to be a two pronged endeavor for Wilde, as while she’s working to promote the APJ, she’s also launched a more personal campaign to get the media to stop focusing on the unimportant things like new celebrity couples and instead, to pay attention to more pressing matters, like the suffering that is still taking place in Haiti and in other countries around the world. In the most recent issue of Marie Claire, she said “I’d like to refocus everyone’s attention away from the Kardashians and onto Doctors Without Borders or aid workers. Let’s redefine scandal. Scandal is not who so-and-so is dating; scandal is the fact that 1.2 million people are still living in tents in Haiti, and cholera is rampant because Nepalese U.N. soldiers dumped s**t from their Porta-Potties (portable toilets) into the river. That’s a f******g scandal. If the average 15 year old was hearing about that instead of so-and-so’s plastic surgery or cheating in Hollywood, I’d feel better about our future.”
Obviously Wilde is entirely right in insisting the media needs to reconfigure its priorities, but until TMZ starts sending its photographers to Haiti and to document the extensive human suffering instead of staking them outside of Halle Berry’s house and trying to help the Los Angeles Police Department catch the man who keeps jumping over the wall that surrounds her house, we’re just not quite there yet.