Celebs promote AIDS awareness
November 29th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Celebs promote AIDS awareness

Hollywood’s finest will put their digital lives on hold to promote awareness in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1.

As the end of November approaches, celebs like Usher, Alicia Keys and Kim Kardashian will roam the streets sporting “Buy Life” T-shirts with working barcodes.

“Whenever you see a ‘Buy Life’ bar code, simply scan it using Stickybits or WiMO and instantly make the purchase of a lifetime,” the Keep a Child Alive website says.

“The purchase of a lifetime” is a donation to Keep a Child Alive, which provides AIDS support and food to orphans and other people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

Celebrities will also take part in the “last tweet and testament,” meaning they’ll refrain from Twitter until $1 million have been collectively raised.

Participating celebrities include Elijah Wood, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Willow and Jaden Smith and more.

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  1. Andriiya

    So these celebrities will be wearing t-shirts you can scan and donate your money? That's great, the people who have all the money will be making the sacrifice of wearing a t-shirt while regular people should be donating our money? Not to mention that most of these people would never let any of us close enough to them to let us scan their shirt. And besides, who the hell is still unaware of AIDS? Is that the best we can hope for, that our money make make people more aware of AIDS? How about a cure? Or a prevention plan? Or keeping the Kardashians off Twitter forever?

    December 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Getting Kim Kardashian or Ryan Seacrest to shut up until a million is raised, is not the best way to get me to break out my checkbook.

    November 30, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Simpson

    How about some of these celebs match what is raised? Spend some time volunteering (for real, not just to have your picture taken.) Skip one of the vacations on the French Riviera this year and spend a few days helping out where help is needed. I'll donate $5 an hour for every hour they volunteered. Get a couple thousand more people to do the same and you'll have a million pretty quick. Then they can go and tweet about how awesome they are and how much they care so the rest of the country can read about it in magazines and see it on t.v. and they can get the recognition that most of the thousands of people that do selfless things everyday hardly ever recieve.

    November 30, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. *so what*

    @ V saxena shut-up! Maybe you join the celebs and be silent on this page! Everyone has their own opinion...that doesnt make them bitter. Perhaps you are...smh

    November 30, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    How about we do this for HIV/AIDS patients in the United States?

    November 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. janae

    for those who are talking about our president, get over it, this world is messed up because of our last president and his father, don't blame Obama because he is trying to fix what bush did. People in this crazy world kill me saying we in this mess because of Obama, if anything we are better then we been on decades. Obama is a great president, and whoever thinks different get a freaken life

    November 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jasmine

    I don't see how silence is going to increase awarness. This is the first I'm hearing of this and I don't live in a bubble. I don't care what these people are constantly doing anyway. Great idea, poor execution.

    November 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. V Saxena

    As usual, another great story ruined by jealous losers who're bitter about their own inability to attain any level of successful whatsoever. And TA LOCO at 'common man.' Please.

    November 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. *so what*

    Oh and by the way, lmbo at how Alicia keys suddenly gets a conscience!! Hope I spelled that right...listen, dont preach to me about aids awareness when you just completely ruined a marriage Ms. Keys. You want to spread awareness how about you "dont" spread your legs to married men hypocrite.

    November 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    great it's official i will now have to hear about the newest d-bag kids in Hollywood for the next 20 yrs!!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. *so what*

    How about we go silent on their concert tickets, music, movies etc...celebrities try to make fans and supporters take the heat when all they have to do is call two or three of their friends for donations and the problem is solved. After all most celebs havent been affected by the recession. Us common folk have...go figure

    November 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. biggerthanyou

    Cheefsfury is an idiot

    November 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whatt

    i like how one person is in love with another person from Cnn comments!!! haha so gay

    November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    It's a great idea, and helping people is really wonderful. Now; since only about 10% of the country and 2% of the planet use Twitter (or care for that matter) let's make it easier: celebs can stay on their precious social media sites and instead DONATE 1 million each. Since we pay for them at the box office; it's just like us all giving back. And easier. By the way, when was the last time someone you knew had a handheld barcode scanner?

    November 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Atlas13

    If I was the charity I would be pretty upset. Seems like a pretty good reason to NOT donate because I could not care any less if these nit-wits ever twitter again! Think about the carbon footprint leaves!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Phat Diva LLC

    Please check out my website at http://www.phatdivastore.com and check out my AIDS exclusive shirts to spread awareness! I spread awareness to keep my uncle's memory alive and share his message & life story! Let's make a difference together! Let's find the CURE!!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  17. David

    I agree with Kieth, it is ridiculous for Celebs who make millions to ask people who can't afford to donate money to donate... and their contribution is to NOT twitter ot facebook? How stupid. Maybe if they actually sacrificed something for this cause, it might be a meaningful jesture.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. JKC

    If only Kanye West would get on board. His rants are just tiresome!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. mike

    Its the ivory tower syndrome, they have money to burn when most people are strugling to put food on table. Celebs are so out of touch with the real world, if they want to prove they care then donate their checks for a year.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chels

    Agreed Jesica!!

    November 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Chels

    I think every little bit helps. It really doesn't matter how these celebrities raise money, at least they're doing it. People should stop being so nasty. At least something is being done. If we all really cared about HIV and AIDS being abolished, then we'd stop bashing people who are doing something to cure this epidemic.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jesica

    At the end of the day is not about who is doing what to get involved, IT'S aBOUT all of us getting involve to help this cause because its matter that takes more than "celebraties" to do it. SO STOP COMPLAINING AND RATHER dO sOMETHING ABOUT IT:)

    November 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. lynee

    this will be a real sacrifice for some of the celebs. going days without talking about themselves.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Keith

    Why dont these celebs just donate the money themselves from their vast fortunes? The shirt is a decent idea but the concept as a whole is ridiculous.......just more self important millionaires asking for money from those who can least afford it!

    November 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. mshollywoods

    Thank you for that raise for child.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. hj

    oh no – i just might die without those celebrities on twitter...seriously people? you are way too addicted to superficial means of communication

    November 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  27. lilly

    These celebs will stay off Twitter until 1 million is raised?? Who cares if they are on Twitter or not? I'm sure there are alot of stupid people out there who will donate money they don't have just to get these people back on, but I'm hopeful that there are alot more SENSIBLE people who will donate on there own without being blackmailed inito it by these so called "celebs."

    November 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      These celebs aren't helping at all, they just want the publicity. So i totally agree with you.

      November 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  28. ....?ilyhu

    so what the kids wanna promote awarness atleast they r doin sumthen too help but r yall........??
    NOPE.... Dont thank soo...

    November 29, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. .......?

    where does all of thid come in to place nobody was tlkn bout catholic churches or oboma

    November 29, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Step one: Make it through 5th grade. Step two: Learn spell check. Step three: Refrain from expressing your thoughts. They're offensive to the human mind.

      November 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samantha

      @Josh....I am completely in love with you! That's absolutely hysterical......and CORRECT! This world contains some genuine retards! HAHAHAHA 🙂

      November 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  30. B=Dog

    As long as the Catholic church and it's missionaries keep going out and preaching that condoms are a sin, this is useless.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  31. blame obama

    If Obama stopped being so lazy he could fix this!

    November 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  32. cheefsfury


    November 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Those are some ugly á$$ kids in the photo.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah...

      I'll help you with that million bucks...I'll give you $1 if you can post one post without it all being in caps.
      It's getting tiresome and lame, cheefsfury...stop pretending that you don't know how to click the button that says "caps lock"...

      November 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. babycelebs411

    that's wonderful:) bringing awareness is the key and it's great that to see celebrities get involved. we've made predictions on Willow on her 10th birthday so it's no suprise her involved style: http://babycelebs411.com/2010/10/31/happy-10th-birthday-willow-smith-daughter-of-jada-pinkett-smith-and-husband-will-smith/

    November 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark S. King

      This Kardashian stunt is a fashion statement, nothing more. I have friends in coffins, Kim. They do not look nearly as glamorous as you.

      For a real look at the AIDS crisis and its effect on gay men, then and now, I urge you to watch this: http://marksking.com/my-fabulous-disease/once-we-were-heroes/


      November 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |

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