International entertainers, including sports personalities, often get paid...

International entertainers, including sports personalities, often get paid millions of dollars in one year.

In your view, with wide spread poverty in the world, are these huge earnings justified?

Model Answer:

The discussion about whether or not international entertainers, including sports personalities, often get paid millions of dollars is a very controversial one. There are many people of both side of this argument who have strong feelings.

For some reason I’m strongly opposed to this argument are given below.

Firstly, the poverty sometimes is own created things and nobody can take the responsibilities. But as a human being we never avoid that anyone live under poverty and have no food for survive. Not only that the circumstances and situation will be really bad and he or she will not able to collect food for one meal. For this consequences the develop country can come closer to the under develop country like Sudan and provide them financial help.

Secondly, the salaries of many singers or players are own income. They can earn a vast amount of money by using their personal skill or performance. So, nobody have rights to take a part of their income or something like that. If they want to spend some money against poverty then it is different things. But nobody can pressurize them to share some of their income to the poorer nations.

Thirdly, war is the main reason for poverty. Nowadays, most of the develop country are involving into the war and the poorer country or under develop country are the main target of such type of country. The develop country are using and showing their power to the develop country and make them poorer than before.

Therefore, it is my opinion that the main responsibilities of develop country to provide food or money to poorer country to survive them and it is not responsibilities of international entertainers or sports personalities. It they take the responsibilities or do something for poorer people then it should be mankind. But the main responsibilities belong to the develop country itself.

TOEFL listening lectures: A university lecture by a Drama professor