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Gone off Eddie Izzard a bit although it pains me to say it

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bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 21-Mar-16 22:29:06

just that, really. I suppose I feel in my gut that his latest mammoth marathon effort (and every respect to him for achieving it as I was born in same year and couldn't even run for 5 mins) is not 100% about raising money for charity. I do wonder just how much "cor blimey you are just SO AMAZING and compassionate" type of validation any individual needs.

Ekorre Mon 21-Mar-16 22:33:29

I saw him interviewed and he said if you don't play the celebrity tabloid PR game you have to make publicity for yourself by doing unusual stuff.

I've never been a massive fan, he's alright I guess, until he started telling Scottish people how to vote in the IndyRef. But it is bloody impressive to learn Mandarin (I think he said he was doing, after French, German etc) to do a stand up show in.

PickleSarnie Mon 21-Mar-16 22:33:35

He ran 729 miles in 27 days. He was trying to do something to get validation from random strangers surely there would be an easier way of doing it?!

He raised almost 1.5 million doing it. I can't understand why you feel the need to find a negative in that?

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 21-Mar-16 22:35:27

If you can't understand it then fair enough PickleSarnie.

ParrotFashion Mon 21-Mar-16 22:37:34

He's said himself that he feels gets love from his audience and it sort of fills a hole left by his mother dying when he was 6, which is obviously a huge thing he never seems to have got over - says he finds it incredibly difficult to talk about.

I think the ends justify any personal gratification he is getting from it, surely? And is he not entitled to it anyway? It's a crazily hard thing to do, what he has done.


Cornettoninja Mon 21-Mar-16 22:39:17

I see what you mean and often feel the same twinge of annoyance at the usual offenders for comic/sports relief, band aid type stuff, Bono and Geldof.

But I would rather see them raising their profile by doing some good than endlessly flogging their love lives to OK and posting arse selfies so on balance I reckon we're both UR.

SanityClause Mon 21-Mar-16 22:41:31

Eddie Izzard is fabulous, and I won't hear a bad word about him.

So there!

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 21-Mar-16 22:41:55

Yes, meh, I know.

But so many millions of people go through the loss of parents at age 6 and worse ...

He's worth 10 times the amount he's raised. Why not just write a quiet cheque and carry on scraping by on the very many millions still left in the bank?

JanetOfTheApes Mon 21-Mar-16 22:42:30

You have to be some begrudging, moaning, lemon-sucking, chip wearing maggot to complain about someone who just today finished an epic feat of human endurance while raising one and half million pounds for charity.

Does it make you feel a bit better about yourself, somehow?

SpeakNoWords Mon 21-Mar-16 22:45:57

Maybe he does also write quiet cheques, bibbity, do we know for definite that he doesn't?

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 21-Mar-16 22:47:07

No, it doesn't "make me feel better about myself". How odd.

katemiddletonsothermum Mon 21-Mar-16 22:48:54

Out of interest, how much did you donate to Sports Relief this year OP?

intotheblue9 Mon 21-Mar-16 22:49:25

Yabu. And rather ignorant to boot.

SalemSaberhagen Mon 21-Mar-16 22:50:43

I have heard it all now.

BertrandRussell Mon 21-Mar-16 22:52:03

Well, of course he gets personal validation for it. Why shouldn't he?

Patterkiller Mon 21-Mar-16 22:52:32

You're mean 😔

JanetOfTheApes Mon 21-Mar-16 22:53:13

Then what are you moaning about? Why pick on one of the most private celebrities that exists (when did you last see Eddie Izzards private life in the tabloids? Never, is the answer) who these days is pretty much only on TV when he is doing huge charity work, and have a go at them?
It's crass, and kinda pathetic.

backwardpossom Mon 21-Mar-16 22:53:41

^He's worth 10 times the amount he's raised. Why not just write a quiet cheque and carry on scraping by on the very many millions still left in the bank?
He's worth 10 times the amount he's raised. Why not just write a quiet cheque and carry on scraping by on the very many millions still left in the bank?^

Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. So what? Good on him.

backwardpossom Mon 21-Mar-16 22:54:22

Formatting fail...

Ilovetorrentialrain Mon 21-Mar-16 22:54:42

Eddy Izzard has also made a personal donation.

He is using his fame and popular personality to raise awareness and do some good. What he did was also very watchable entertainment so he drew more attention/donations to the cause .

Other people (e.g. non famous philanthropists) may use other skills or connections to benefit good causes.

He did not one ounce of harm and only good intentions IMO.

PoorHarryHaddow Mon 21-Mar-16 22:54:43

Gosh don't you sound like a twat biscuit

SwedishEdith Mon 21-Mar-16 22:55:03

I suspect loads of people's charitable acts are also to make themselves feel better/validated/loved whatever. There's often some selfishness in altruism. But, really, not sure I care if the end justify the means.

Bono is excluded from this, of course. grin

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 21-Mar-16 22:56:41

Oh I don't know! I've said I don't know ffs. I've said it pains me to say it. I've said it is a gut feeling rather than a strictly intellectual one.

Hands up, IABU.

slicedfinger Mon 21-Mar-16 22:56:59

How utterly pointlessly mean spirited can you be? Maybe next time you could donate a couple of million to have him stay at home for a month?

katemiddletonsothermum Mon 21-Mar-16 22:58:32

AIBU to send everyone on this thread to the Goady Fuckers thread?

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