Celine Speaks

Celine Dion voiced her opinion on the hurricane response, the rights of looters to steal your TV set, and allowing people to touch things they've never touched.

Oh, they're stealing 20 pair of jeans or they're stealing television sets. Who cares? They're not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once.

More Celine here.

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Via Catallarchy we have these comments from Celine Dion

http://www.feministe.us/blog/

http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2005/09/06/looting/

"Define the word “denied".

"Define the word “denied". Even removing those few instances where a black customer was directly treated very badly by a racist white clerk and decided to get some revenge on that exact store, can we assume that “denied” means simply not having the funds to exchange with a seller for the product?"

Let's expand this even further! Not ONLY can we assume that "denied" means simply not having the funds to exchange with a seller for the product, we can ALSO assume it means not having the favour of Providence (ie, not being a child of Bill Gates) to have the funds to exchange with a seller for the product. So yes, you are correct, but I am even correcter.

The far more important

The far more important question, in my mind, is whether Celine Dion will let underprivileged single guys like me touch her.

Lisa, A good and obvious

Lisa,

A good and obvious follow-up question to Celine would've been something similar to that. If only I had the chance to be in Larry King's shoes and interview someone like that...

"So, Ms. Dion, let's say you come home from a concert tour, and you find that your house has been ransacked and looted out by 'underpriviledged' teens. What do you do at that moment?"

Does she call the police? That would prove her to be a hypocrite.

Does she give her approval to the looting of her own home? She'd be consistent in her beliefs, but everyone would know she is lying.

Mandos,

In the link you provided...

So, can I understand why folks are stealing t.v.’s and other electronics even though they can’t use them now and may never be able to? Absofrigginlutely! You take what has been denied to you for so very long.

Define the word "denied". Even removing those few instances where a black customer was directly treated very badly by a racist white clerk and decided to get some revenge on that exact store, can we assume that "denied" means simply not having the funds to exchange with a seller for the product?

If so, I've been denied a Mercedes-Benz my whole life.

Shall I take what has been denied to me for so very long?

I bet she owns plenty of

I bet she owns plenty of jeans and TV sets. I suggest she start letting the poor "touch" them immediately.

It's looting if you take

It's looting if you take other than a necessity as dictated by the circumstances and it is incumbent upon you to inform the owner you divested of your actions, if possible, in order that you may compensate him later when the emergency is over.

The Walmart that I saw police officers looting in a video was intact. There was no abandonment of the big screen TVs in that building.

There's an important

There's an important difference under the law between stealing, and harvesting abandoned stuff. Apparently the plan is that the government is going to destroy the houses still there once the water's gone, for public health concerns. It's not clear whether or not people will be able to come back and get their stuff first.
A freelance property recovery specialist who is able to get stuff somebody else had to leave behind has a bailment on the property - they have a better claim to it than anyone except the rightful owner.
So this is not the usual looting during a riot situation.
Or it is like that, when we are talking about looting a burning building (without getting in the way of firefighters.) It's better that somebody have the stuff than it be destroyed, especially when the stuff is unique goods that may someday find their way back to the owner.
Dion is Canadian - don't expect her to see things our way.