There’s an old-timey saying I just invented that says “the only people who should know about your charity work are the IRS and your Maker”.
Which makes it all the more gauche that recently, Mark Zuckerberg announced he was donating 99% of his income to charity because he had a kid, or something like that.
i’m sure if this was a gif, you’d see his left hand pumping up and down
Most people with kids will tell you that once they “pop out a unit” the last expense they want to worry about is charity. But then again, most people with kids don’t have net worths that rival the GDP of even the most profitable African dictatorships.
Bokassa literally spent 1/3 of the Central African Republic’s budget on his coronation — that’s ballsy
Good on Zuckerberg for amassing his fortune and for having a kid, mirroring the trajectory of most people around our age we went to school with minus the fortune part.
But that “charity initiative” he’s bragging about for his kid? It’s just a giant trust fund LLC so he doesn’t have to pay taxes on the majority of his fortune and can dispense his money most efficiently.
the arrow indicates where the money goes…and stays
I don’t fault him for that either. What I do fault is all the dishonesty about it.
Why not just claim that the taxes in this country are out of control and this is your only resort to avoid being penalized for amassing enormous wealth?
Why not shed light on the fact that it’s your money, that you’d like to do with it what you see fit, and it’s none of the government’s business?
Why not point out the fact that you’re worth more to the IRS dead than alive?
Because you don’t get “positive vibes” from calling out a fakakta tax system or getting into the depths of corporate structure.
What you *do* get is tons of likes, hearts, stars (why don’t we just skip all these meaningless indicators of approval and go straight to a little fellatio emoji you can click?) for bragging about your charity.
explain to your grandkids you didn’t amass actual dollars as they’re waiting in line outside the Chan-Zuckerberg soup kitchen but you got a sh*tton of likes!
Which brings me to basics shouting from the Facebook rooftops about their charity work.
Exhibit A: this girl Hailey Mayo, who made an unctuous Facebook post about all the charity she did in a day.
Give her a medal!
Give her ALL the medals.
She did all this charity yet still had enough time at the end of the day to write an extraordinarily complex public post detailing that specific charity.
Think of how many more handicapped transgender orphans would’ve been helped if she spent the hour detailing her charity efforts doing something to help them instead.
“i don’t care if you don’t have a can opener to crack open that dollar store soup, i’m too busy Instagramming me unloading the cans from the back of my Highlander”
I have no qualms with people bragging about their accomplishments.
But charity isn’t an accomplishment.
It’s our duty as human beings.
You don’t see people bragging about the fact that they made a bowel movement *in* the toilet this time on facebook.
It’s your duty as a good person to not just squat and crap wherever you like just as much as it is to be charitable.
For my more simple readers, please don’t confuse the two and try to flush a can of green beans in your Kohler while popping a squat in a Salvation Army kettle. I’ll be impressed you made it through the coin slot, but the bell ringer won’t be.
only a FAKE bell ringer would wear a vest saying “I AM A “BELL RINGER””
Bragging about your charity while claiming to be humble is like bragging about your weight loss while double-fisting turkey legs.
I pointed that out as follows:
Hailey Mayo’s do-gooder-partner-in-crime, Dana Amireh, snapped, bless her.
I’d be upset too if I was the Gretchen Wieners to Regina George.
Unsatisfied with her dotty replies to everyone who responded to my post, she took matters into her own hands, making a public post calling what I did “bullying”.
Let’s pause for a moment to acknowledge: guys don’t do this.
Guys don’t brag about their charity work unless they’re trying to get laid (*cough* Richard Branson *cough*).
Girls fold charity into their social standing, along with manipulating their less-cute friends to do things for them.
and into *staying* less-cute than them
Girls are also more effective bullies than guys could ever be.
Guys will beat you up.
Girls are psychological.
Drunk guys punch.
Drunk girls tell you they were never your friend to begin with.
If guys are a bunch of brawling Irishmen after a soccer match, girls are Aum Shinrikyo.
guys: “no hard feelings, let’s have a pint”
girls: “i will make sure you die from the inside out”
Dana claims to be a victim of “bullying” (while, you know, actually bullying).
A really effective form of bullying is for a bully to claim they’re a victim while shaming everyone “beneath” them because it leaves no fingerprints.
As the recipient of that kind of covert bullying, you feel bad about yourself and you don’t know why.
You also feel bad for the person claiming to be a victim.
It’s manipulative – when it works.
Almost as manipulative as claiming that you’re giving away 99% of your wealth – to your own tax-dodging trust fund.
Exciting update: there’s a part 2 to this story!