Barbra Streisand is going to tour because she, uh, supports climate change

We are bleeding heart liberals, and even we think this is dumb. Barbra Streisand says she’s going to tour for the first time in 12 years to bring awareness to the causes she’s interested in. And, get this, she will give “designated proceeds” to charity – her own charity. She doesn’t give an exact percentage or amount of course:

“The increasingly urgent need for private citizen support to combat dangerous climate change, along with education and health issues, was the prime reason I decided to tour again,” Streisand said in a statement. “This will allow me to direct funds and awareness to causes that I care deeply about.”

The tour follows the release of her latest album, “Guilty Pleasures,” last September. In 2004, Streisand marked her return to the big screen, co-starring in the Ben Stiller comedy, “Meet the Fockers.”

If you’re going to give money to charity, you should say exactly how much. It’s going to Babs’ own damn foundation, so you think she could commit to an amount if she’s going to put out a press release about it. She could earn up to $2 million a night for this tour, so it’s not like she can’t afford it.

Just like Heather Mills, Barbara Streisand has a snotty “Myth vs. Truth” section on her official website. Of course she should dispute inaccurate reports, but she does it in such an over-the-top self-satisfied way that it makes her seem reactionary.

On her website Streisand doesn’t address a NY Daily News report that she didn’t pay for tickets at a Malibu Movie theater with her husband, James Brolin. Stresiand sucked up to the young guy at the counter to avoid having to pay less than $20 to get in. Her publicist defended the cheapskate move, saying comping celebrities is a “professional courtesy that many theaters extend to film stars.”

Streisand will play 20 concerts in the US in October and November of this year.

Update: I actually read through several of the “Myth vs. Truth” sections of Babs’ website, and they’re not that over-the-top. The problem I have is with the name of the section coupled with the riduculous design of her website. It features a pink content area on a black background and has a dumb picture of Streisand holding roses while sitting on a pink silk chair as the header image. She should shell out the money to hire a more modern designer. Oh wait – she’s too cheap. Been there. Worked for those people. (Oh, I have this lovely picture I’d like to put on the top of every page. Could you blow it up too and make it the background?)

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  1. jess says:

    i didnt know you designed sites like that! that totally explains why yours looks so cool and so different from everyone elses!

  2. celebitchy says:

    Thanks jess, that’s really kind of you to say. I enjoy working on this site a lot because I get to design everything to my own taste. Most of my clients have been good, but I can see Babs dictating the design of that site down to the last detail.