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The Fallacy of the Autonomous Celebrity Activist in International Politics: George Clooney and Mia Farrow in Darfur
Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2012)
  • Nikolaos Tzifakis, University of Peloponnese
  • Asteris Huliaras, University of Peloponnese
Abstract

Celebrities have been accused of oversimplifying the conflict in Darfur, of exaggerating the number of people killed and of cursorily labelling it the ‘first genocide of the 21st century’. Celebrity activists have also been criticized for advocating drastic measures like military intervention, and for aggressively pursuing the fulfilment of arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court at the expense of quiet diplomacy and reconciliation, ultimately making matters worse. This article examines the role of two Hollywood celebrities—Mia Farrow and George Clooney—in Sudan’s ‘messy war’. It claims that most proponents and critics of celebrity activism overestimate the role that these two individuals played. Clooney and Farrow did not act alone but were latecomer adherents to a transnational advocacy network (the Save Darfur Coalition) and their role was more in strengthening than in altering messages.

Keywords
  • transnational advocacy networks,
  • celebrity activism,
  • Darfur
Publication Date
Fall September, 2012
Citation Information
Nikolaos Tzifakis and Asteris Huliaras. "The Fallacy of the Autonomous Celebrity Activist in International Politics: George Clooney and Mia Farrow in Darfur" Cambridge Review of International Affairs Vol. 25 Iss. 3 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tzifakis/1/