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9:19 am - 11/09/2012

Softbank CEO embroiled in Twitter war after donating $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief


Last week mobile phone mogul Masayoshi Son, who has a history of large donations, offered $500,000 through Softbank to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in North America and then tweeted about it. This act of philanthropy irked a Twitter user by the name of o44o.

Feeling that this was an act of blatant advertising through the use of a good deed, he decided to voice his opinion to Son.

Around midday on Nov 3, Son tweeted: “I would like to express sympathy for all the victims of the Hurricane Sandy disaster in North America. Softbank will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross.”

About a day later, o44o responded saying: “Donations are usually done with good intentions. Announcing it is stupid as if you’re the only one in the world doing it. This donation is just commercial crap!”

Soon after, Son replied: “I’m just posting the various thoughts I have, but from now on I should probably refrain…”

o44o continued: “Various thoughts eh? LOL I know what’s going on. You’re trying to buy your way into the hearts and markets of America. LOL”

Although his decorum wasn’t firing on all cylinders, o44o struck at a fundamental belief in all of us that a good deed should go unspoken. All cultures seem to share the belief that talking about the money you donate is bad taste.

Especially when a business performs an act of altruism, our collective BS sensors tingle. Because of this, o44o gained support in his campaign with others tweeting remarks like “Your behavior until now has been nothing more than propaganda bullsh**t.”

That being said, it seems a large number of twitterers took a more pragmatic approach, thinking the ends justifies the means, whatever they truly were. Some also mentioned the shades of racism in negative comments due to Son’s Korean heritage.

Putting aside possible prejudices of race, fame and wealth, Son did break the unwritten social rule of not bragging about one’s own generosity, but maybe it’s time that rule gets broken.

Personally I like knowing what companies are donating to charitable causes, and it certainly influences where I spend my own money. Even if these heads of corporations are evil bastards only looking to profit or enter foreign markets, the victims get help and other people get inspired to also donate. Everyone benefits and no one loses.

So while o44o’s sentiments are appreciated there are far worse evils in the world for him to get indignant about, not someone giving away money.


gackutolove 9th-Nov-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
maybe he announced it to try to encourage others to donate as well.
abyssinian13 9th-Nov-2012 02:09 am (UTC)
i see 0440's point but at least softbank's giving something that will help the flood victims..publicity stunt or not, the donations would be used for those who needs them..
baboona 9th-Nov-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
whether he had ulterior motives or not

it's still more than o44o donated

yukkiz 9th-Nov-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh, 0440's point is general critical view on CSR ..i see
Masayoshi don't necessary announce how much he donated if he don't want to promote himself and his company

It's just all CSR..
i don't know he have really good intentions or not but it 's better than he doesn't donate at all

Edited at 2012-11-09 02:23 am (UTC)
princess_momo 9th-Nov-2012 02:37 am (UTC)
Whatever, Softbank bro. You carry on with your good deeds, whether or not there was any ulterior motive. The internet is butt hurt. You know what you did, softbank bro.
45s 9th-Nov-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
weird. that user probably had no problem with other CEOs donating to the red cross after the Japan earthquake. and announcing their donation on twitter</p>

what a bitter shithead. but Twitter is full of them.

devilbiela 9th-Nov-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
well..whether he donate for commercial or he sincere to make charity, leave on his side.. sincerity is like looking black ants in dark..we can't see it..
hourglass244 9th-Nov-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
While I agree that personal bragging is uncouth, I agree with the writer of this post that I like to know where companies spend their excess money. For example: Chick-fil-A completely lost me as a customer when they contributed to an anti-gay cause, but I tend to look more favorably on and frequent businesses that contributes to relief efforts.
csaca 9th-Nov-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
So typical from twitter. :/
lolufailhard 9th-Nov-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Perhaps it would've came off as more genuine if he didn't announce it, but, as others have said, publicity stunt or not, a good deed is a good deed.
mizumi10 9th-Nov-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
sigh....whatever. i had something to say, but it's not worth it if it's not directed to the person him or herself.

commercial stunt or not, it still leaves a good image on softbank that they are willing to help those in need.
queencrystallia 9th-Nov-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
butthurt twitter guy ~ whatever. at least he gave something even if he said it ~ jelly bakamono
mrstaguchi100 9th-Nov-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
twitter can be full of idiots.

so what if the guy donated a heap of money then tweeted about it? victims get help and that's important *facepalm* no need to criticize something like this like it's a crime...
toshi_hakari 9th-Nov-2012 08:22 am (UTC)
Whatever you do, you can't win. Especially as a "celebrity". If you donate and not talk about it, people won't know about it and say: "Uh, that person is horrible, they don't donate." If they do and talk about it, people give them hell as well.
a_cheshire_grin 9th-Nov-2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
Came here to say just that!
inachan89 9th-Nov-2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Agree with the comments above,a good deed is a good deed.
lelomew 9th-Nov-2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Direct help: donating money to charity.
Indirect help: raising awareness or the profile of a particular charity/cause.

I've always been a little cynical of celebrities doing philanthropy, but at the end of the day, they're not doing any damage and only good comes out of it. So why not?

People on the internet these days always pull out the same old "I'm entitled to my own opinion" line (usually those who use it as a shield for being unnecessarily rude). Sometimes it's best to refrain. And stop complaining about the most mundane things.
thomasvye 10th-Nov-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
o44o is clearly a just a douche. :)
stole_away 10th-Nov-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
true, most companies do it for publicity anyway, but at least it is helping somebody...
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