Sting appeared on Morning Joe to talk about his upcoming 60th birthday party this Saturday (October 1st) and a benefit concert he will be playing to help the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that in Sting's words does "…fantastic work." (see video below) He added, "They really help underprivileged people in the city, people who lack the basic wherewithal to live, and I think that's a great thing to do."
Sting also talked about how throughout his career he spoke out about the issues he cares about, and made the case for others to speak out saying, "I've always demanded citizen's rights, but you also have to have citizen's responsibilities, and as a citizen of the world if you have a platform to say something useful, then you should use that." Sting has supported many causes over the years, from rain forest preservation, famine and sustainability.
Sting also spoke about Lady Gaga and her activism, and admired how she spoke out saying, "I love the things she says, I love the messages she gives to her audience, very positive messages. I think that is needed. From my point of view, I like people who can speak up and say, 'this is wrong, you should change this', and she's one of those people. She's very outspoken and intelligent."
JTMP blogged earlier how Robin Hood has already teamed up with the Black Eyed Peas for a benefit concert in New York's Central Park, which will be this Friday, September 30th. Sting's concert will be this Saturday, October 1st, and will be held at the Beacon Theatre. For more information check out the Robin Hood website here. Watch the Sting interview below: