Originally Posted by ktmdirtybiker
I watched the first two episodes on demand last night. I am assuming that they are going to an orphanage to do some work, a good deed I guess. My question is, would it have been better to take all the money it cost to produce this show, plus all the money these highly paid people could have earned in the time it took to do the show and give it to the orphanage? Then they could hire local people and boost the local economyand fix the building. A friend who works for a charity in Africa told me of a donation to her charity of half a million dollars. A large gift to be sure, then the donor spent over a million dollars telling the world how generous they were.
I am the last guy to tell anybody how to give away their money, but I was taught never to brag about how generous I am in comparison to someone else. Be charitable and be quiet about it. A wise man once said " It is amazing how much you can get done when you don't try and get credit for it".
I will try and watch the rest of the shows and maybe I will feel less jaded by this show. I have never traveled anywhere except the US, but I have seen lots hard working very poor people in my travels in my big truck. If I had been in some of the poorer sections of America wearing three or four thousand dollars worth of clothing in front of people whose clothes are falling apart, I am not sure what my feelings would have been.
Hopefully thus show will get better.
Really good post.
The wise man you mention was Robert Woodruff, the guy who made Coca-Cola what it is today. The actual words are "There is no limit to what a man can achieve as long as he doesn't care who get's the credit." (Harry Truman also used to say it.) Words to live by...
Corporate philanthropy is a very important part of the marketing mix, and it's not always easy to promote it gracefully.
Neale Bayly is a personal friend and his passion for philanthropy is infectious. The story about how he found that orphanage in the first place is way more revealing of the man than what he said about that poor woman's teeth. That was an unfortunate thing to say or do and I am certain he'd like to take those words back.
Last, you can be sure that there was puh-lenty of input regarding the show's treatment from the broadcasting executives. As someone else said above the best way to get more programming that's of interest to us riders is not to pick on a ton of little shit here on the Internets.