'Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief' Telethon Gets Political Fast

Tuesday night's "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief" telethon brought together stars from around the world asking to help those affected.
 
The hour-long special included performances and messages from A-list celebrities Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Cher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxxasking viewers to donate to help with relief from the disastrous storm that hit the Lone Star state last month.

Although the telethon was first announced after the devastation from Harvey, it was expanded to raise money for victims of Irma, which struck parts of Florida. Estimates from various groups have said that both hurricanes caused between $150 billion and $290 billion in damage to Texas and Florida.

More than 60 people died during Harvey and 12 deaths have been reported in the US from Irma. 


POLITICAL MOMENT:

Only seconds into the benefit concert, Stevie Wonder kicked off the show and began with call for unity, but then turned to mock anyone who questioned the global warming theory. 

Wonder began:  "When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves. As we should begin to love and value our planet."

"Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent. Lord, please save us all."
 

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