Affleck in the Congo: WTF

Look, i get it, Ben Affleck. You're a serious guy, trying to understand a deathly, sad, serious issue. But, do you realize that those camera's following you around are there to follow you, not the crisis? I get that you're trying to raise awareness, and that your presence there may make someone learn about the crisis and spur some action. But, what's happening there is incredibly sad and somehow, seeing pictures of a doofy actor plodding around in a $300 rain jacket makes the pictures seem somehow less real. I worry that people will see a PR stunt, and not see the urgency of the crisis. 

On the other hand, the Boston Globe's Big Picture post on the crisis will devastate you if you take the time to look deeply at the pictures. It's another demonstration of the power of pictures over words. 
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