- Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have reportedly donated half a million dollars to organisations that help the homeless
- The celebrity couple donated to the Vancouver and Toronto branches of the charity Covenant House, which deals with young people struggling with homelessness
- Ryan and Blake have made headlines several times due to their generosity over the pandemic and said that the people who work for these charities are real heroes
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated half a million dollars - about R7.5 million - to a charity called Covenant House in order to assist their work in helping homeless Canadian youths.
The superstar couple split the sizeable donation between two branches of the charity, with one in Vancouver and one in Toronto. Covenant House provides a safe space for homeless youth with warm meals and medical assistance.
Ryan and Blake have been in the news multiple times during the pandemic due to their charitable donations and using their platforms to draw attention to causes that need support and recognition.
Ryan has portrayed a hero in a number of his films, but is not unsure about who the real heroes are. He was quoted by CTV News as saying that the people, like those at Covenant House, who are involved in charities:
"... do the work of heroes"
Ryan and Blake previously donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, and $200,000 to the NAACP's legal defence fund after the death of George Floyd.
Twitter comments widely celebrated the couple's efforts and applauded them using their money and influence to help the less fortunate.
@AnnKerridge: "Throughout this global pandemic I have only heard of @VancityReynolds & his wife @blakelively donating money to help those that have been seriously affected by the pandemic but I haven't heard of any other celebs doing so Just goes to show what beautiful hearts & souls they have!"
@tismehillirooo1: "Beautiful couple donating support. It makes my heart sing. Red heartRed heartRed heart Thank you Ryan & Blake"
@TrevorZ21555536: "It is better than nothing, any other celebs want to join in the cause?"
In other international celebrity-related news, Briefly.co.za reported on Dave Chappelle revealing that Netflix honoured a request he made about removing his show from their platform.
Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle has revealed that he requested for Netflix to remove Chappelle's Show from their streaming service and that the company did as he asked.
In a video of a performance that the posted to Instagram, the comedian explained how the 2003 sketch-comedy show was owned by Viacom CBS and that his original deal meant that he had no rights to the show. This then leading to the fact that he would not be earning any money if it was streamed on Netflix.
Chappelle was very frank about the fact that Viacom CBS was within their rights to allow Netflix to stream it, and that Netflix did not have to take it down for any reason other than Chappelle asking them to.
CNN reported on the story and quoted part of Chappelle's set:
"They (ViacomCBS) didn't have to pay me because I signed the contract," Chappelle said. "But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal because I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn't think so either. That's why I like working for Netflix."
Chappelle also recounted how simply his request was dealt with and explained:
"So you know what I did? I called them, and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better"
The comedian added that moves such as this and the treatment he experienced was why he enjoyed collaborating with Netflix and why he would continue to do so.
The emphasis on Netflix being a business that operated on principles was clearly what moved Chappelle after he had been involved in the cutthroat entertainment business for decades.
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