Last week saw the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day.
The brainchild of Richard Curtis has been raising a titter on our telly screens since the late 1980s and has provided us with some of the most iconic comedy moments of all time.
Who can forget Hugh Grant planting a smacker on Dawn French, Joanna Lumley as the first female incarnation of Doctor Who, and Lenny Henry as his alter ego, Theopolis P Wildebeest?
It does amaze me sometimes, however, just how cynical some people can be.
There seems to have been a barrage of criticism thrown at Jessie J for shaving her head and at Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson for dying theirs pink and red respectively.
“They’re just shameless self publicists” said one comment that I read, “red hair? Ha ha ha… not!” said another.
I have to wonder what people’s problem is. Does it matter if a celebrity is getting some publicity out of their actions?
The charity is still going to benefit from it to the tune of thousands of pounds. An act doesn’t have to be selfless to be worthwhile!
I don’t know if you remember an episode of Friends a few years back in which Pheobe tried to commit a completely selfless act.
She couldn’t find anything that she didn’t get something out of – even the deed itself made her feel good about doing it.
The world we live in isn’t perfect and there certainly isn’t such a thing as a perfect person but, rather than cynically raising our eyebrows at everyone who does something we wouldn’t do, I wonder if we’d be best off just getting on with things?
Red Nose Day 2013 raised more than £75m for people in poverty in the UK and Africa.
Jessie J sold a few more albums and One Direction had a number one single. Is that really worth complaining about?