It’s pretty damn cool that DREAM is putting on a charity event to help with Japanese disaster relief, especially since DREAM itself could probably do with some charity help itself. But I am slightly concerned about the vagueness relating to the amount actually being donated, and these comments from Dream Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara don’t make me feel much better:
“The main thing we’ve been considering is how we can help the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The people of Tohoku are still suffering, so from that perspective, we were thinking it may not be appropriate to be planning a kakutogi event, even if we were to do it on a very modest scale,” he admits.
Given Dream’s typically flashy, over-the-top production, the energy costs of staging an event are understandably steep, even in the best of times. As much of the Kanto and Tohoku regions are engaged in indefinite energy conservation campaigns, Sasahara assures that Dream’s May 29 event will be similarly bare-bones. Coincidentally, these concessions tie directly into charity plans for the event.
“We’re doing things like charity auctions and, of course, donating a percentage of revenue to charity. We haven’t decided how much just yet, but it will all be going to the [United Nations Human Settlements] program,” says Sasahara. “But, besides what we can save in our budget, a percentage of what we raise will be given the UN program. This event will be conducted with maximum effort toward energy conservation, trying to save energy costs. ”
They haven’t decided how much just yet? THEY HAVEN’T DECIDED WHAT PERCENTAGE OF REVENUE WILL GO TO CHARITY A WEEK BEFORE THEIR CHARITY EVENT IS HAPPENING??? Pardon me for being slightly upset here. The Sherdog article mentioned that Western media has a reputation for being ‘blunt, bullheaded and tactless’, so I’m just living up to that rep. To put it bluntly, DREAM has been too sketchy over the past year for me to blindly trust them when it comes to money, even Japanese disaster fund money.
Is it tactless to assume they’re evil enough to hold onto a good chunk of this money and fuck over their fellow countrymen? Yeah. So I put this out there for simply for clarification purposes: Since this is a charity event and the focus has been on the charity, how about someone pins down some details on how much of the profits will actually go to charity?