Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation has come down with a severe case of the ironies and is sending in the boss to go see about the houses the foundation built, that are now riddled with issues. You probably remember back in 2007 when William Bradley was so moved by the displaced people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, that he tucked a roll of hastily drawn chicken-scratch blueprints that came to him in a dream under his arm, and booked it on down there to build design forward housing for the people. You probably remember, but I guess Brad forgot. And now his foundation might get sued.
According to The Blast:
Brad Pitt has become personally involved to help resolve the issues with the homes his foundation built in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to try and rectify the problems on the part of the homeowners and any legal issues.
Attorney Ron Austin in New Orleans told WWL-TV that he is planning on filing a lawsuit against Pitt’s foundation, Make It Right. He claims the homes have electrical and plumbing issues and claims that some residents have reported sicknesses and severe headaches.
Brad isn’t involved with the day to day operations of MIR, but he’s donated “millions over the years”. Which is slightly better than Kanye, but the bar is low. Right now is probably the worst time for Brad to be getting any bad press. He’s currently wearing the Saint Crown in his family, and I’m sure he’d like to keep it that way.
According to WSDU News, it sounds Make It Right was focused on modern design and not necessarily craftsmanship.
The homes were sold as being cutting edge from a design standpoint. Some could even float — others had escape hatches. All were billed as state of the art.
Now the houses are plagued with mold and mildew as a result of bad wood and designs that don’t work for the environment. The roof on one 5-year-old house had to be replaced because it was built flat, not slanted, as anybody with a lick of sense would do, considering that it has famously rained in New Orleans a time or two. Brad would have been better off just grabbing a canoe like Sean Penn instead of using his design boner to build houses and run.