Despite having temporarily sacrificed some of our freedom during the coronavirus lockdown, many Americans seem to have gained a newfound appreciation for our country.
The Hollywood left, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have had the same experience.
To a whole lot of everyday people, much has been revealed through the pandemic that shocked us to the core.
Many lessons have been learned.
One of the most important of those lessons is how incredibly dangerous it is to be dependent on a communist regime with regard to our critical supply chain.
Too many of our celebrities, though, continue to display an utter lack of awareness or understanding about the geopolitical realities of our times.
This was recently driven home when many of the rich and famous lent their names and talents to the unworthy cause of raising funds for the World Health Organization (WHO).
A virtual concert took place this past weekend, promoted as a "One World" event.
It was designed to benefit the WHO — a global entity that is deeply enmeshed in controversy.
The concert’s marquee included A-list celebrities such as Taylor Swift, John Legend, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, and Lady Gaga.
Late-night comedians Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel were hosts.
Other famous individuals who made appearances included Ellen DeGeneres, former First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, and Bill and Melinda Gates — the couple whose foundation is the WHO's second biggest donor.
As a virtual concert, the event had artists and participants appearing from their homes; this allowed for the event to be broadcast across multiple television channels in the U.S. and globally.
Funds in excess of $128 million were raised, according to a press release from the organizers.
The timing of the concert was more than unfortunate for our nation.
President Donald Trump had just canceled funding for the WHO, due to credible allegations of influence exerted upon the group by the communist regime in China.
The president took the appropriate action for America when he held back funds for the WHO, pending an investigation of the group’s alleged malfeasance in dealing with China’s mishandling and potential cover-up of the coronavirus breakout in Wuhan.
The WHO has had a spate of bad press. The head of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is a former official of Ethiopia’s Marxist Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
In January and well into February of this year, Tedros lavished unmerited praise on the Chinese government for its handling of the virus’s breakout and supposed sharing of information. While the WHO leader commended China, he simultaneously criticized other nations for their responses to the coronavirus emergency.
Ghebreyesus had encouraged the nations of world not to limit travel to and from China and also delayed letting the world know that the virus was a public health emergency.
At a recent White House press conference in which he pledged to withdraw WHO funding, President Trump declared, "The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures.”
Interestingly, the "One World" virtual concert was organized by the WHO along with another entity, the non-profit advocacy group Global Citizen.
The staging of a musical event with a theme that ran counter to the Trump administration’s policies was apparently something that Global Citizen had been involved with on a prior occasion — as recently as September of last year.
President Trump had just shared with the United Nations General Assembly the notion that "the future does not belong to the globalists. The future belongs to the patriots."
A mere four days later an event called the "Global Citizen Festival" was held in New York’s Central Park.
Entertainers that were featured included Queen (with Adam Lambert), Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, Carole King, and Hugh Jackman, a celebrity lineup with comparable star power to the one that the WHO featured at its fundraising concert.
Tickets to the event were offered for free to "global citizens" who were willing to "take a series of actions to create lasting change around the world."
Similar to the recent WHO "One World" concert, the event brought together entertainment figures to appear with activists in order to promote a host of radical pseudo-utopian causes.
Our nation and the priceless freedoms it affords are what enable individuals to reach for the sky and, when hard work and destiny lock hands, achieve their dreams.
Perhaps as tragic as a virus infecting the body is a hatred hardening the heart.
There is no virtue in supporting the WHO, an organization which may have assisted China and betrayed the U.S. and possibly the entire world.
James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood.Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.
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