Celebvocate: Annie Lennox wants less coverage of famous people--like, um, her
An occasional look at the celebrities in our city lobbying for change. Wednesday's showbiz crusader: Annie Lennox.
Event: The Women Deliver conference at the Washington Convention Center, a three-day international confab on maternal health care.
Her role: Part of the final panel discussion on making the world better for women and girls.
Bona fides: Rock star, activist in South Africa, named U.N. goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS last week.
What she wants: For mass media to cover "real life" global issues instead of famous people. "We are celebrity-fixated. ...I want to wake people up."
How she looked: Rock-chic in blond pixie cut, black pinstriped pants, "HIV Positive" T-shirt -- which she called a "stigma-breaking tool."
Observation: Dead serious and impassioned -- failed to note that the reason she has a global platform is because...she's a celebrity.
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June 10, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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