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Experiences with famous people (for charity)

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Sergei Rebrov

Hello, all!

Today at the top is former Tottenham forward Serhiy Rebrov. Also, if you’re like me and like to follow film awards season, I just finished this very fun (and comprehensive) Vulture piece on what might happen if only the movies that came out in January, February, and March were eligible for Oscars.

Ramble of the Day

In addition to a group of superheroes, setting up a charitable initiative for relief that incentivizes people to donate while entering sweepstakes is a good way to tackle a pandemic. Fanatics has organized these sweepstakes in one place and titled it the All In Challenge. A ton of famous people have offered a number of experiences that winners can experience once it makes sense to, a pretty conventional way for the famous to get the less famous to donate.

What I pretty quickly discovered about the All In Challenge as my sister was reading me the possible experiences I could win is that the ones any individual is attracted to are pretty revealing about that person. These were some of the experiences that piqued my interest:

  • A walk on role in Martin Scorsese’s next film, Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro (I am slightly embarrassed to admit it)
  • A speaking role on the next season of This is Us (I’m mostly just curious about what kind of awful role they’re offering the winner of the prize)
  • Guy Fieri’s Flavortown experience (see Monday’s Hoddle)
  • Co-hosting a segment of the Today show with anchor Savannah Guthrie (I would probably take this more seriously than they anticipate, but I really wouldn’t entertain an argument against that)
  • Direct a movie with Jonah Hill (sounds like a decent introduction to the craft)
  • A sneak peek at the Academy museum with Laura Dern (Laura Dern!)

You can pretty clearly tell where my interests lie from this group, but I’m also just generally interested in the list of experiences and how each person who wins them will enjoy them. I’m looking forward to seeing a winner play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity game, and another winner get drafted by the NBA’s commissioner Adam Silver.

There are two really wild ones that I am really enjoying the thought of: Justin Bieber going to your home to sing “One Less Lonely Girl” and then, I assume, leaving; and Robin Thicke, for some reason, listening to you tell your love story and then writing a special love ballad for you and your significant other. The first is just plainly funny, but the second is something else. Plainly, it’s extremely cringeworthy considering this comes from the man who responded to his divorce by producing a very unsuccessful album named after his ex-wife. Maybe, just maybe, it’s so cringeworthy that it’s funny.

tl;dr: The famous are offering experiences in exchange for charitable donations for coronavirus relief, and there are some fun ones and some weird ones!

Links of the Day


BeIN Sports wrote all 20 Premier League clubs asking to block the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund’s takeover of Newcastle United.

Today’s longer read: Fiona Tomas and Katie Whyatt report on the FA’s initiative to end the ACL injury crisis in women’s football for The Telegraph