Award Shows Need To Stop Giving Celebrities $100,000 Free Swag Bags

Taylor Sakellis
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There is nothing that grinds my gears more than millionaires getting stuff for free. Sure, I understand the concept behind it. I understand that it's essentially free marketing for the company, but come on. Amy Schumer doesn't need that free handbag, I do! And hey, Jared Leto doesn't need that expensive watch — so give it to my husband, who would surely enjoy it!

Award shows are truly a glamorous and newsworthy event, as we've all seen in the past 24 hours.

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I love to watch the show's musical performances and of course, judge the fashion in my college sweatpants filled with holes and spaghetti sauce stains.

It called living, sweeties.

But if there's one thing I loathe about these events, it's the free swag bags celebrities get just for showing up.

For example, the 2022 Oscar bag featured an estimated $100,000 worth of free items for all those in attendance.

The gift bags included getaways to luxurious hotels and spas, a $10,000 certificate for cosmetic treatments, a plastic surgery voucher, and a three-night stay at Turin Castle in Scotland.

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Do you know how many people's lives would be made if they were just handed this gift as a reward for those everyday folks busting their behind at a 9-5 job?

The company that has organized these swag bags for the past TWENTY YEARS, Distinctive Assets, always does at least one giveaway for a lucky fan, which is really nice but... come one now.

I say we stop giving these millionaires more free stuff and start spreading the wealth amongst us common folk!