8 Celebrity Moms Speaking out on Syria 1 of 9
Miley's twerking may have dominated the media for a few days, but some celebs are focusing their fans on issues that truly matter. Representing both sides of the issue, these celebrity moms are speaking out on the potential Syrian strike and, in many cases, trying to get their fans educated and activated. Here's what they're saying about Syria.
Angelina Jolie 2 of 9
"I think Syria has got to a point, sadly, where certainly some form of intervention is absolutely necessary," Jolie told Al Jazeera in February, 2012. "... When you see that kind of mass violence and murder on the street, you must do something."
Jolie, who has currently served as Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, has visited Syrian refugee camps and described the conflict as "the most acute humanitarian crisis anywhere in the world today." In addition to throwing her celebrity weight behind humanitarian efforts for Syrian refugees — just check out her speech from last year's World Refugee Day — Jolie also donated $150,000 of her own funds to the cause and has urged US intervention for humanitarian aid.
Sarah Palin 3 of 9
Palin made headlines at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. this past June when she said that the U.S. should "...let Allah sort it out." A tape of the full speech is available here. Palin repeated the sentiment and added in a Facebook post, "We have no clear mission in Syria. There's no explanation of what vital American interests are at stake there today amidst yet another centuries-old internal struggle between violent radical Islamists and a murderous dictatorial regime, and we have no business getting involved anywhere without one."
Mia Farrow 4 of 9
Always outspoken, the former actress and current UNICEF ambassador has met with Syrian refugees to help raise awareness about their plight and has spoken extensively about the need for aid. In an op/ed penned for CNN, Farrow wrote: "No one could have anticipated the enormity of the humanitarian catastrophe that is now unfolding. Until a political solution to Syria's conflict can be found, its innocent and most vulnerable victims must be kept alive." Farrow has also praised Sweden for its policies on taking in Syrian refugees and supported the U.S. using force to deter further use of chemical weapons.
Christiane Amanpour 5 of 9
Many celebs have weighed in on the Syrian conflict, but Amanpour may be the only one who's asked hard-hitting questions to those who can answer. Earlier this month, the news anchor and mother of one grilled Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari about his government's actions towards its citizens and directly asked, "How do you sleep at night, Mister Ja'afari, defending a regime, a government, that has caused so much bloodshed?" Amanpour has also discussed her personal feelings on the conflict, admitting on The Daily Show, "I think a case can be built and perhaps should be built to stop the slaughter. It's a moral imperative and it's also a strategic imperative because if it doesn't stop, it's going to really affect America's interests because I don't need to tell you or anybody in this country that what happens overseas eventually blows back here."
Natalie Portman 6 of 9
The Academy Award-winning mom of one has focused more on her philanthropic work with the microloan nonprofit, FINCA International (the Foundation for International Community Assistance) than on Syria, but she did gain international attention last year when she supported the UN's Stop One Year of Bloodshed campaign alongside Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Nelly Furtado, and Annie Lennox reports BusinessWeek.
Rosie O’Donnell 7 of 9
Rosie's taken to Twitter and her blog to let fans know her feelings on Syria. Tweeting out links to articles on why the U.S. shouldn't attack Syria, five reasons not to use missile strikes, and a direct plea by Russell Simmons for President Obama to avoid war, the comedic mama of five has been highly critical of Obama's choices.
Christy Turlington Burns 8 of 9
This former supermodel's goal is to educate America about the Syrian conflict rather than push in one direction or another. Over the past couple years, Burns has tweeted out several educational links about the Syrian conflicts, including this first-person New York Times article on what it's like to be on the ground in Syria and this Washington Post piece, which outlines the basic history of the conflict and why every option has dire consequences.
Alyssa Milano 9 of 9
We've got to hand it to the Charmed star — she knows how to get the public's attention about Syria. Earlier this month, Funny or Die released a PG-rated fake sex tape starring Milano that replaces sex with bullet-points about the Middle Eastern crisis.
"I think it was a really fun way to get people to realize that there are important issues our country is dealing with right now," Milano said in an interview with Mother Jones. "If people end up learning something about the crisis in Syria, that's a good thing — even if I had to do a sex tape to lure them in."
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