Monday, August 9, 2010
Charles Taylor Blood Diamonds--The New Major Motion Picture?
I've been trying to keep up with the developments of the Mia Farrow and Naomi Campbell testimonies against Charles Taylor. The prosecution is trying to get Taylor (the former president of Liberia who the U.S. government is rumored to have put in power, only to strip him of it when he got too out of control) on some blood diamond charges. Allegedly he gave Naomi some huge diamond back in 1997-- and they are now bringing that up as evidence against him.
Today, I get online and find out that Mia Farrow testified, and her testimony directly disputes Naomi's, who said she didn't know for sure if the diamond came from Taylor or not. It has been suggested that Taylor was using raw diamonds to leverage power and whatnot from different people.
My question would be: then why the hell did he give one to Naomi Campbell of all people? Not to be rude or anything, but even in 1997, Naomi wasn't like over here calling shots or wielding political power. She was like, at Fashion Week.
At any rate, I really find this story to be pretty fascinating and fully expect for it to be a major motion picture starring Matt Damon as the random white dude who is sensitive to the plight of African people and therefore must see Tayor destroyed, Gabrielle Union as Naomi Campbell in her first Oscar-nominated role (or Keri Washington because she already sort of has the accent down) and Gwenyth Paltrow as Mia Farrow. I'm dead serious. Mark my words.
If you guys haven't watched the Vice Guide to Liberia, as I suggested months ago, it will fill you in on more detail about Taylor and the other warlords, and the overall state of the country right now. It's going down over there. It's extra ironic because Liberia is the closest that America got to colonization in Africa. Suffice to say, the country is now f--'d up, and apparently, no one gives a crap about it.
As usual, great job, America. Meantime, I'll be waiting on my check from Lions Gate.