Federer charity video looks a bit of a PR "fake"

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  1. Paullaconte1

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    I know that Federer fans won't like this, but to be honest I have seen the video of Federer going to a school in South Africa and read some articles.

    To tell the truth it really smelled as a big fake PR operation. You know the typical "I am the star and I play with kids" stuff.

    http://www.tennistonic.com/tennis-news?nid=1867

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/02/8/Federer-Visits-South-African-Preschools.aspx

    I mean, I know that these guys do charity also for PR and I do not have doubts that Roger is "a good guy".. but this looked really a bit too much.

    Ready to be stoned by Federer's fans :)
     
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  2. tennisaddict

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    What are you smoking ?

    The pictures and the videos are so genuine, moving and touching.
     
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  3. norbac

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    Yeah, especially the part where he reads them a story in a language the kids don't understand.
     
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  4. Emet74

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    What do you mean by "fake"?

    Roger was shot in front of a empty screen in Dubai pretending to interact w/ kids and then digitally inserted into footage of the school???

    His Foundation does support pre-school programs all over Africa and members of the Foundation Board and staff (including Fed's parents) visit every so often the projects that are supported so see how things are going on the ground. Fed doesn't have time to do this much himself, but he went a few years ago to a school in Ethiopia and now to one in South Africa.

    That's about it. You can say it's not in good taste to videotape the visit or publicize it on youtube though the counter-arguement would be it's good publicity for his Foundation and its local partners and can help attract more donors.

    But the word "fake" hasn't much meaning here.
     
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  5. Emet74

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    LOL well the teacher is translating. :)

    Must say I was thinking they should start teaching these kids some English though. Wonder if they do.
     
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  6. norbac

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    It's nice what he's doing and everything, just found that part a bit ridiculous. If any part is "fake PR" or whatever in the video it's that one.
     
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  7. BrooklynNY

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    hahaha

    :twisted::grin:
     
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  8. beast of mallorca

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    He's always been a phony, what are you talking about ? :twisted:
     
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    It's South Africa. Maybe the kids are more familiar with English then in most African countries
     
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    I'm not going to get into an argument over this, but why would you go through the trouble of organizing a fake PR operation to Africa? I would probably never go to Africa if I had a choice...

    I think it's genuine, but he's still full of himself a bit.
     
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  11. tennisaddict

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    He reads them a story about playing cricket, which is a big sport in South Aftica that kids are attracted to. What is so hard for you to understand there ?
     
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    hahaha it is a good thing fed has two little kids of his own otherwise he would have been really awkward in those situations.
     
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    Regardless of if he cares or not, which I believe he does...his foundation still donates to these projects and helps out, and that's all that matters.
     
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    he does not need PR, he is already a super star. helping kids is what he has been encouraged to do by his mum and he likes it too.
     
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    Federer does a lot of great work and he seems genuine in his intentions. Still video's like this are a bit awkward. He does not need that.
     
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  16. norbac

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    The language in which he reads it. Judging by the way they show the kids communicating with each other and how there is a translator for everything Roger reads, the kids don't understand a thing that Roger is saying. Why not just have someone read it to them in a language they all understand?
     
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  17. norbac

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    Listen to the kids talking to each other a few minutes before Roger reads the story. Also take note of how there is a woman translating everything Roger says.
     
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    If I were a kid, I would be happy enough that Roger is spending time with me. Couldn't care less if he was reading a story in another language. My god.
     
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  19. norbac

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    Roger didn't really come off as that much of a rock star in the eyes of those kids from what the video shows....... For a number of different reasons maybe they don't know much about Roger? Remember, Roger in the video said the school is based out of the poorest part of SA. Plus they do look pretty young.....

    Not everyone in the world adulates Roger Federer by the way.
     
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  20. B A Y

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    Of course they are teaching the kids english there..
     
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  21. B A Y

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    Just curious ... Why would you never go to Africa?
     
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    The all understand some English, it is taught from a young age..
     
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    You would think the translator would not be necessary then, huh? I guess to make sure everyone understands it would make sense.
     
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  24. B A Y

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    Most or all of them will definitely not know who Roger is.. This school is based in in a rural community where most of these kids won't even have a tv.. I think most of the people here are missing the point.. he is just trying to give back to these sort of communities so they have some sort of start in life..
     
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  25. norbac

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    Exactly. That is what I meant in response to westside. It doesn't really matter that Roger is known or not, just the fact that he is helping the kids out is admirable.
     
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  26. B A Y

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    They would not be fluent like you and I but they would understand the basics.. So yes a translator would be necessary... but in fact it is not a translator it is probably their teacher.
     
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  27. norbac

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    Yeah it would be their teacher, but serving as a translator.
     
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    You do all realize that he's half south African right? His mother is South African
     
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  29. B A Y

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    I didn't want to state the obvious as I thought people here were more informed.. Hence his strong ties to RSA. He would come out more often if were not for his hectic schedule
     
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  30. Deanjam

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    How arrogant of Federer to help disadvantaged children. What. A. Scoundrel.
     
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  31. tennisaddict

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    You do realize he is reading a big PICTURE book and not a Shakespeare poem ?
     
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  32. norbac

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    It was actually a picture book by Shakespeare.
     
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    If Any Sports/TV/Entertainment Star is involved in charitable activities for their own PR/Image - SO WHAT?

    They are rasing money for disadvanted and desperate people all over the world.

    It may be an ego boost for them, but as long as they generate money for the causes I dont really care the driving force behind it.

    People must be really bored if they are trying to criticise Federer for charity work, a charity he has been involved in for a decade.
     
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    ugly internet haters...

    fine, it's PR... at least the guy is doing some good with his money and raising a bit of awareness.
     
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    This does reek of fakeness, especially when you see sweat on his shirt.........and he takes a dig at Rafa when he taught the kids that even if they get Hoffitis on one leg they still can hop with the other one:(
     
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  36. Emet74

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    Yeah I watched it again and you could see they have the english alphabet posted around the room with a picture and word for every letter: "dog, egg, fish" etc. :)
     
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  37. SLD76

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    of course its PR and a bit "fake"

    it wouldnt be PR if it wasnt.
     
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    Big name celebrities have managers, handlers, accountants, lawyers and secretaries that set up their schedule. This week you’re playing a tournament, next week you’re doing a charity PR event that we’ll use as a tax write-off. It doesn’t reflect poorly on Federer, but it doesn’t reflect on him in terms of anything special. All of us would be doing the same thing if we were in Federer’s position. It’s standard stuff guys, deal with it. You want me to be impressed? I will be if he quits tennis and spends all his money and the next 30 years of his life in Africa trying build something lasting on a large scale and dies a poor man without leaving millions to his spoiled kids. That would be something. As it stands now it’s just some rich guy using charity work as PR and tax write-offs.
     
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    I agree mostly, that said at least this charity is organic in that his mother is South African and he at least has chosen a continent with many developing nations desperate for aid.

    And at least we havent heard any scandals regarding his foundations like there were a few years ago with Oprah's schools.
     
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  40. sureshs

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    Nadal would never star in a fake video
     
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    well played sir
     
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  42. beast of mallorca

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    QFT.............:twisted::twisted:
     
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    How many of Nadal's MTOs were videotaped, again?
     
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    For crying out loud...

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    Who cares if it's fake or not the fact a bunch of kids are getting help they otherwise will not get is good enough!
     
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    You, Sir, are genius : Roger Federer is trying to fool us, but NO! NO PASARAN - not on one leg, nor on two!:evil:
     
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    Oh no, Federer couldn't be bothered to translate it in to swahili, those poor children. :(

    Shut up norbec.
     
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    Quoted for truth. While each celebrity believes in their cause to different degrees (some more genuine, others a mix of interest/PR), Federer would not need to be involved in African charities to be the tennis star he is, or build on his overall personal brand.

    No one twisted his arm into participating in charity work.
     
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  49. Tropikal_Knights

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    Yes it is fake.

    In fact does Federer even play tennis. I think his 17 Gslams are a figment of my imagination as well. Life is fake.

    Am I even writing all this or imagining it. Maybe my imagination is fake. Maybe I am fake.

    Actually now I get it. Maybe you are fake.
     
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  50. Bhagi Katbamna

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    None of the people that help out in this manner have to help. They do it and they should be lauded for it. It doesn't matter what their personal motivation is to help, the end result is that these kids get the help and that is the most important thing.
     
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