Melinda Messenger among other famous faces have been paid vast amounts by the government to get involved in campaigns promoting healthy eating and stopping smoking campaigns. The department of health have released figures which prove that 89,384 pounds was spent on the payment of celebrities for just 5 of these campaigns. It is estimated that approximately 13,000 pounds was paid to each celebrity for their posing duties next to witty speech bubbles etc. etc.
Many celebrities such as Michael Parkinson have in the past taken part in such campaigns and have not been given a penny so there are major regulatory and moral changes to be made here. The lib-dem health spokesperson is demanding a breakdown of what individual celebrities made out of their time as he states that they would be in a position to gain massive benefits for themselves by being associated with such campaigns and that any other kind of remuneration is not necessary. .
One health minister suggested that such an amount of money was worth it considering the exposure the campaigns receive thereafter. He adds that the amount of money spent in this way is miniscule when the public health campaigns budget is considered but surely that is not the point-.
Surely the amount they get paid should be relative to what each celebrity gets for such public health related work. If Parky does without then so should Miss Messenger’s chest especially considering Parkinson’s impact would be harder hitting than Melinda’s. I suppose the sad thing is, maybe by today’s standards, her influence will be much more powerful.
Stopping smoking is so difficult and celebrity influence can be both positive and negative when we consider the wannabe Britneys behind the prefabs puffing away before their next class. There will always be someone giving out about tax payer’s money and what it is being spent on. If Melinda tells us to eat five a day and if then people do, I suppose it makes the country that little bit healthier even if at a cost.
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