You won't see Stipe going to Fargo to help the people there devastated by floods for a variety of reasons. First, the people are helping themselves.When it became aware of impending floods the citizens, all of them, banded together, filled each and every sand bag, and placed them in key locations. They never waited for the government to bail them out or "save" them. Much different than New Orleans. Second, they are not black. Third, Obama is the president. Stipe and all of these hollywood elitist are so transparent it is laughable.
This transparency is why the last album bombed. I love their music but that thing was a piece of crap. George Bush....waaaaaa !!! That about sums it up.
How d'you get that the album bombed? It got to no. 1 here in the UK. And it would appear as though you're calling REM, and Michael Stipe specifically, racist? Oh, and what's Obama being president got to do with it?