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Old 06-10-2010, 02:30 PM
DivineComedienne DivineComedienne is offline
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The Child Fund commercials - are the kids actors, or are they real?

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This morning while I was dressing, a commercial for Child Fund came on (formerly Christian Children's Fund). It shows a bearded guy in a dirty alley, talking about needy kids, and asking for donations to help/sponsor a child. This is not a criticism of the charity, simply an observation on the content of the advertisement.

The thing that struck me is, he sits with a small child on his lap, talking about how poor Maria is starving, her parents are dead, she has three smaller siblings to care for, she will go to bed hungry that night, she is afraid for her future, etc. and the child sits there looking sad. Are these kids actors? If the child is truly suffering that badly, it just seems cruel to use her as a prop, talking about her in the third person about how she's on death's door. If she really is a suffering child, does she not speak English, and therefore doesn't know what he's saying? Do they tell them to look sad for the filming?

No real point to this, just something I always think about when I see these commercials. To me, if the children are for real, it is mean and cruel to exploit them for the commercials (even though the goal is to get viewers to donate). Does the end justify the means?
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:59 PM
Mahaloth Mahaloth is offline
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1. I think it is real unless there is a fine print disclaimer saying otherwise.

2. I don't think it is cruel or that they are exploiting them.

To be fair, I only work with Compassion International, but unless Child Fund is corrupt, it does not seem wrong to me.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:34 PM
Teacake Teacake is offline
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In NSPCC adverts, they have a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen saying that the children are actors and were protected during filming. Adverts filmed overseas do not tend to have such a disclaimer, and as such I have always assumed that they show real people in their real situations. In my opinion, if this causes people to be more inclined to help worthwhile causes and genuine charities, it can only be to the good. As for Maria finding out she's not living in the lap of luxury, I would imagine she'd probably noticed her life isn't champagne and unicorn shit before some beardy guy told her so.
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