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Chaser's War on Everything by kazzzz on 7 June 2009 12:51pm
 
This is a comedy show here, very popular here, kind of a prank show, they surprise politicians and the like and generally cause a bit of mayhem out and about in the streets and poke fun at just about everything, we love watching it. Very witty.

Not any more. Last week's show featured a sketch featuring a terminally ill child in a hospital bed while one of the team stood next to her poking fun at a well know children's charity and basically the punchline was that there's no point donating coz the kids are just going to die anyway. The child was in bed looking at death's door, scarf on head, black rings around her eyes.

The public outcry has been MASSIVE, the show has been taken off the air for a few weeks while it gets sorted out, the team have been forced to apologise (very insincerely too). I have complained to the TV station, as have thousands of others. Even our PM said that they should hang their heads in shame.

These guys are smart and funny and to stoop this low is just unbelievable. They've lost a viewer in me and everyone I know.

Also, I cannot believe that a parent would allow that child to take part in such a dreadful sketch. Some people will do anything for money.
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by peripatetically on 7 June 2009 1:20pm
 
That's disgraceful and it hurts to the core.
Hopefully, the parents had no idea what was going to be said. Maybe they thought it would be a funny moment for their child... a little moment to make him/her smile.
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by Spursfan on 7 June 2009 3:42pm
 
It sounds awful Kazzzz, but PERHAPS the girl was a big fan of the show and was in on the joke?

Just because someone is dying doesn't mean they have a senseofhumourectomy!! Perhaps it was all ironic?

But if it wasn't, then yes, it shouldn't have been done.

 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by ev on 7 June 2009 4:46pm
 
Here's the apology:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GQ8U-NQAxg
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by ev on 7 June 2009 4:50pm
 
And here's the sketch they had to apologise for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS36ZuCW-7c
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by johnnythemonkey on 8 June 2009 12:08am
 
Well that takes bad taste to new levels.
But have I been reading some of your replies correctly ? The child is an actor. Did you think differently ?
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by kazzzz on 8 June 2009 12:15am
 
Yes the child is acting. If that's what you can call it. Ta for posting the links ev. Their original apology was pathetic, before the show was pulled. It was sarcastic to the max. Now that they realise that their livelihood is threatened they're *really* sorry.
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by ev on 8 June 2009 4:50am
 
Yeah.. they don't seem to be sorry themselves, only sorry that other people were upset..
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by kazzzz on 8 June 2009 5:38am
 
That's it ev, in the original apology , one of them stated that "people with terminally ill children had contacted them to say how funny it was".
Sure they did.
 
Re: Chaser's War on Everything by ev on 8 June 2009 7:36am
 
Well, I'm sure some people did find it funny, as you even hear some laughing and clapping during the sketch. But I find that a bit weird/heartless.

I guess the Chaser was always about pushing the limits of humour, though, so eventually they were going find those limits.
 
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