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The Chaser's "Make a Realistic Wish Foundation" Parody

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Uploaded on Jun 4, 2009

I urge everyone who views this video to donate to Make-A-Wish Australia, or if you prefer, how about helping out by volunteering? Find out more at http://www.makeawish.org.au

This is the infamous sketch that was broadcast on ABC1's "The Chaser's War On Everything" on 3rd June 2009, which parodied the Make A Wish Foundation. It copped so much flack in the media (including from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd) that the ABC made an official apology the next day. When the programme's scheduled repeat went to air the following night on ABC2, this sketch had been expurgated. Then the ABC announced that the show wouldn't even go to air for the next 2 weeks.

In my opinion, the sketch was a wonderfully inspired, satirical way of delivering the message "Please give money to this worthy cause - if you don't, these kids will miss out on some of life's pleasures which you and I might take for granted, but which they only have a limited time to experience."

To the people who have commented that the sketch was OK but the punchline crossed the line: far from being intentionally cruel to the kids, this was their satirical way of making sure that we should understand: "Oh - just in case the satire went over your head and you thought that sketch was only meant to be funny - the awful truth is, these kids will actually die - so don't just laugh or complain - donate some money."

I can say that it worked for me, because I made a donation to the Make A Wish Foundation as a result of seeing (and I'm not ashamed to say, laughing at) this sketch. I wonder how many of the 'morally outraged' people, who have been so vocal in criticising The Chaser, put their money where their mouth is and did the same?

For comparison, you can see "The Mansion's" original sketch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFoV2H...

The Chaser's official apology is on their website: http://www.chaser.com.au/

If you can download mp4 files, this is the direct link to it: http://www.chaser.com.au/dropbox/Apol...

You can view and read the ABC's "Media Watch" response from 8th June here: http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/tran...

You can read TV crtitic Michael Idato's view here: http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainm...

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