In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said President Obama was using the tragedy to “boost his creditability with the black community” and said that we already “donate” to the impoverished nation with U.S taxpayer dollars.
But instead of getting mad, actress Maria Bello, who said she has been working for years to help Haiti, is sending out her "compassion" to Limbaugh.
“I feel really sad for that man, that he would really take the tragedy of these people and distill it into something so ugly,” Bello told us at the DIC and InStyle 9th Annual Awards Season Diamond Fashion Show Preview in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
Evangelist broadcaster and former Presidential candidate Pat Robertson also sparked outrage on Wednesday when he suggested that Haiti was “cursed” and that the Haitians made a “deal with the devil” in freeing themselves from the French.
“Like Rush Limbaugh, I have a lot of compassion for Pat Robertson. We work with a Catholic priest in Haiti, and I know what Christian good works and action is, and he is on the ground with these beautiful people everyday,” Bello said. “So I can't only say that Pat Robertson might be wrong, but he is 100 percent across the board, out of his f***ing mind.”
So what is Bello doing to help the quake-struck country?
“I've been to Haiti, met the beautiful people there, and we have an organization called Artists for Peace and Justice started by Paul Haggis and myself,” Bello said. “Josh Brolin, Diane Lane, Olivia Wilde and us work with the most incredible human being there who built the first children's hospital [there]. I talked to him yesterday and I said, ‘What can we do?’ and he said ‘Please get the word out and tell everyone you know to get out their work boots and come help me dig my people out’. And for us, that means giving money.”
Bello said 100 percent of the proceeds to www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com go directly to people of Haiti. The “Coyote Ugly” actress is even preparing to do some heavy lifting herself.
“In the next couple of weeks, we are planning to go down (to Haiti),” Bello added. “We don't know when that will be because you can't really fly in right now, but we're trying our best.”