Actors Jeremy Piven and Charlize Theron (an outspoken advocate of gay rights who has played queer roles in Head in the Clouds, and Monster) were special guests at fundraiser last night for OneXOne, a charity that provides food, water, healthcare and education to children in Ethiopia and Rwanda. (Matt Damon is a prominent spokesperson for the charity, but he had to pull out of the fundraiser at the last minute.)
During the live auction, Theron offered a 2010 trip to South Africa, which included World Cup tickets, a safari and a meet-and-greet with Nelson Mandela.
When bidding stalled at $37,000 — much lower than the $280,00 Piven had raised in the auction — Charlize got creative. According to US Magazine:
“For f— sake! You can do better,” she told attendees. “There is no way I am leaving here with Jeremy Piven getting a higher bid. I’ve got t—- for God’s sake.”
To sweeten the pot, she offered up a 7-second kiss for $130,000 to [one of the male bidders]. “Swine flu is going around. This is high risk kissing!” she told him.
After one man bid $135,000, a woman upped the stakes to $140,000 — ascending the stage for a 20-second smooch as the audience counted down.
“My boyfriend is not here tonight,” she joked during the auction.
Good on Charlize for not caring about the gender of the winner; on the winning bidder for donating so much money for such a worthy cause (helping children, not kissing Charlize — although that’s probably worth going the extra mile for, too); and on AE reader Angela for the tip!
If you had an extra $140,000 lying around, who would you pay to kiss?