In what was supposed to be an event to help bring America together behind a good cause, musician Stevie Wonder used the opportunity to push his politics on a largely uninterested audience, attacking anyone who opposes the idea of global warming as “blind or unintelligent.”
The statements, which were made during the four-network airing of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief fundraiser for the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, started off an event that would see even more leftist propaganda amidst pleas for donations. Houston native Beyonce made note of the “violence and racism in this country” and lamented that just as she thought things “couldn’t possibly get worse,” the devastating hurricanes came ashore. Justin Bieber’s manager and event organizer Scooter Braun, also used the platform to take some political shots of his own. Mentioning the “hate and division” in the country.
Most of the celebrities who made an appearance at the fundraiser, however, stayed true to the cause and opted not to use the tragedy to further their political agenda. Actor Jamie Foxx, standing on stage with Leonardo DiCaprio, helped to encapsulate a true sense of the American spirit, stating “We’re here to raise money, lift some spirits…When tough times hit, this is who we are. We’re compassionate. We’re unstoppable.”
Wonder’s statements, of course, come about as President Trump seeks to undo many of his predecessor’s policies and regulations on the subject, most notable deciding to withdraw from the Paris Clime Accords, a move that was widely criticized. And despite the adamancy of many celebrities, studies by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that it remains unclear if there is any link between global warming and the hurricanes, stating in their most recent report “it is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.”