Empathy, Compassion, and Giving Back in the Geek Community

Christ and Pop Culture | 8/22/2019 | Elizabeth Garn
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Every spring, celebrities across the globe join together to participate in a campaign to raise money to end child poverty. It’s called Red Nose Day, and since it was first launched in 2015, it’s raised over 160 million dollars to fund grants and charities working to help children in need around the world. There are concerts, shows, social media blitzs, online drives… you name it, celebrities are doing it. And that’s a good thing. But this year, there was one other thing that happened sort of off in a corner, not as loud or flashy, but just as important. In a studio in New York, two super-geek icons played a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

One of the men sitting at the table was the ever-amazing Stephen Colbert: comedian, political commentator, host of The Colbert Report, and all around super nerd. Colbert’s show may be about politics and poking the wasp’s nest that is Washington DC, but to the geek community he is also one of the foremost experts on The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien, and an amazing example of unabashed nerdiness. The other man at the table was Matthew Mercer, the incredibly talented voice actor behind a ton of well-loved characters and the GM (Game Master) behind the wildly popular Dungeons and Dragons live-streamed show Critical Role. Both are known for being men of conviction and for their contributions to the geek community. Both love Dungeons and Dragons. And both were practically giddy at the opportunity to play D&D to support children in need.

Celebrities - Platform - Money - Something - Motives

It’s not surprising to see celebrities using their platform to raise money. While not necessarily something they all do or do with good motives, it is relatively common and, in most cases, a really good thing. What was noteworthy here was the means...
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