This is the guy from the old Christian Children’s Fund commercials. You know the organization that raises money on late night tv commercials to feed kids in third world countries for less than the cost of a cup of Starbucks coffee per day.
I think it is a good organization all in all as they do good work. I am not writing this post to bash the organization as they are good; I am here to bash who ever the hell writes and produces their damn commercials.
You see many years ago (around 10 or so to be exact) they had a commercial with this guy where he was somewhere in South America in some tiny hamlet of a village standing there with ______ (insert name of poor kid). He was explaining how for pennies a day we could feed this young child, send her to school, feed her, and clothe her.
Then the camera pans over to the little kid who is in street with no shoes on standing in front of a 500 pound pig. Yes I said a 500 pound pig. It took me seeing this commercial about 20 times over the course of a few weeks time late at night for it to sink into my mind. Why the fuck not eat the damn 500 pound pig? I mean if you are asking for me to donate my money to help that child not starve, then common sense tells me that you need to teach the kid how to kill, cook, and eat that fat ass pig.
I told all my friends/family over the years about this commercial and everyone got a chuckle. All of them said the same thing that I did, and that the kid should eat the pig.
One night back a few weeks ago, I was telling my brother of this funny commercial from the Children’s Fund from years ago. He laughed and said that yes they should kill the pig before asking for money from us.
About ten minutes after telling my brother the story about the pig, a brand new Children’s Fund commercial comes on the tv. Towards the end of the commercial it shows the kid in question surrounded by about 30-40 chickens in a pasture. I laughed and shouted at the tv, “eat the fucking chickens and eggs dammit.” We both sat there in awe of the commercial while sipping on our beers, eating our dinner, and laughing about it.
I guess someone needs to tell them that if want more in donation money, then maybe they shouldn’t be showing starving kids in their commercials standing next to perfectly good animals that they could easily eat. Remember it is all about common sense, I think their ad agency lacks it completely.