Stevie Wonder Slams Climate Change Deniers in Opening Speech at Hurricane Relief Telethon

Music legend Stevie Wonder opened a one-hour televised Hurricane relief benefit by taking a few jabs a climate change deniers.

“Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent, Lord, please save us all,” Stevie said on Tuesday. He added, “When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences and no political persuasions…It just loves.”

Stevie then delivered a rousing rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”

Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the “Hand in Hand” telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma.

The telethon featured performances from Usher and Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait and more. Other participants included Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Travis Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio. Proceeds will go the following charities: Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and United Way.