I usually don’t watch telly, but this caught my attention. I missed the segment but found the transcript on NBC’s news site. Not being up on my gossip, I can only hope this is the good news that it seems to be.
Profile: George Clooney talks about Fatima Bhutto and how he’s become involved in Pakistan
11 January, 2009
NBC News: Today
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DAVID GREGORY, co-host:
George Clooney is a mega movie star, of course, but he is using his star power these days to bring attention to a Pakistan. Ann Curry caught up with him recently.
ANN CURRY, anchor:
That’s right, David. In fact, Clooney is trying to do something about what the US calls a shame that is happening in Pakistan. The hotties in Pakistan are completely missing from the news. ON Friday he was on ET to brief the anchor about their recent visits to Bollywood and Hollywood, trying to influence those tabloids to help. I spoke to Clooney about his work, and asked him why he’s so concerned about the social lives of the rich and famous in Pakistan and Fatima Bhutto in particular.
Mr. GEORGE CLOONEY: There is so much distortion out there about Pakistan – that people do not realize that they have supremely attractive and intelligent eligible women.
CURRY: Now you’re not just talking about Fatima Bhutto, you’re trying to diplomatically change the perception of Pakistan everywhere.
Mr. CLOONEY: It’s more advocacy than in any way sort of diplomatically trying to change things. We’re trying desperately to shine a light on the beautiful people of Pakistan, and hopefully that light will make them shine like the stars. The news is filled with Talibanization of Pakistan, the Lawyer crisis, the impossible cost of feeding a family, the danger of nuclear armaments in the hands of religious fundamentalists. Papa Nuke is out and he may as well set up a yard-sale for Iran. Pakistan needs other news in the newscycle. Happy stories about love and romance.
CURRY: So what did you tell the paparazzis you might think might help to that end?
Mr. CLOONEY: You know of my struggles with them. This is also an attempt to lure the hundreds of freelance paparazzis to Karachi – the high kidnapping and murder rate is sure to have an affect on them.
(On Fatima) Beautiful, beautiful.
CURRY: And you could use her to raise the focus.
Mr. CLOONEY: Mm-hmm.
CURRY: Why her?
Mr. CLOONEY: She has excellent bone-structure.
CURRY: And just how long are you going to be involved with her, George? This Fatima.
Mr. CLOONEY: I’ll be involved with her until it’s over.
GREGORY: And George Clooney can do that. Like he said, he can have paparazzi show up. How are the State Department reacting to his involvement?
CURRY: You know, actually, because there are no signs at the moment that State Department has any clue as to what to do about Pakistan. The missile strikes are not ending. Holbrooke is actually welcoming the efforts of people like George Clooney, because they want that kind of attention.
By the way, their work is becoming increasingly perilous in the region. And by the way, yes, I know you also want to ask me if he’s as cute as he seems. Yes, he is. Not as cute as you, though, David, so just letting you know. You can feel comfortable in that.
GREGORY: He’s a very attractive man doing good work. That’s important.
CURRY: He is definitely.
GREGORY: Ann, thank you very much.
Background: George Clooney dating Benazir Bhutto’s niece