No need of using the Malaria problem for personal Twitter supremacy

No need of using the Malaria problem for personal Twitter supremacy

I did not want to blog today but one tweet that landed on my home has forced me to change my mind. Ashton Kutcher, an American based actor, is trying to use the Malaria problem in Africa in his quest for personal glory.  It all started when Ashton Kutcher challenged CNN for  Twitter supremacy. As I write, the online community is abuzz with Ashton’s competition with CNN to see who can be the first to attract 1 million followers on Twitter.

Ashton has vowed to donate 10,000 mosquito nets to at-risk families in Africa on World Malaria Day if he wins the race by April 25. As a result, many people on twitter are following him simply because they think that by so doing, they are helping in the fight against Malaria in Africa.

I, for one, am completely against Kutcher’s motive. Why should I follow him on twitter for him to release the nets to folks who are suffering in Africa? I think this guy wants to use Africa for his own fame. By the way, I knew him only today because of this news. And I am sure so many people are getting to know him for the very first time even as I write. If he happens to attract 1,000,000 followers ahead of CNN and the rest, he will go down in the records as the first Twitter user to achieve it.  He will end up making much more than the money than the amount that he will spend on the 10, 000 nets. If he really has a heart for Africa, he should send the 10,000 mosquito nets to Africa without preconditions. If some of you have started following him  simply because you thought that by so doing you will be helping in the fight against Malaria in Africa, I encourage you to stop following him immediately.

PROJECT Diaspora has written a great post on this issue in which they have argued that these seemingly well-intentioned celebrity stunts of altruism are not killing mosquitos, instead they are killing the livelihoods of the very people that are supposed to benefit from the nets.