I’m watching Idol Gives Back on TV right now. It’s heartbreaking. (Click here to donate to Idol Gives Back, which divides the donations among six charities in the U.S. and in Africa.)
Many celebrities are making appearances on the show, including one of my favorite celebrity couples, David and Victoria Beckham.
Excerpts from their speech, which I wrote down as soon as I heard it:
Victoria: “David and myself are fortunate enough to be here [to be here to tell you to donate, etc. — didn’t get the whole thing].”
David: “Please join Victoria and myself in donating.”
The word myself is completely out of place. It should be I in the first sentence and me in the second.
If you ever have doubt over whether you should say “and myself” — or “and I” for that matter — drop the other subject.
I am fortunate enough to be here — not myself is fortunate enough to be here.
Please join me in donating — not please join myself in donating.
I know that it’s not their fault. The show’s writers are the ones to blame. Though it’s within my rights to criticize them, I do feel a tad guilty insulting a good cause like this one.
But I have to be honest with myself. Even if they had written those awkward sentences themselves, I wouldn’t have minded. They’re too damn good-looking.
Well, it wouldn’t be the first time beauty caused me to overlook grammar errors. I think my friends know where I’m going with this one.
Please donate if you can afford to do so. $10.00 buys a mosquito net. That could save one or more lives in Africa.