Light relief

With all the seriousness going on in this blog, it is important to step back and have some light relief every once in a while – still keeping on topic, of course.

So here are some parody videos courtesy of the Onion News Network, poking fun at nationalism, ignorance of the rest of the world, and celebrity activism (actorvism).

First up, this video is a news item about a hurricane bound for Texas that is slowed by a big and unknown/unnamed/unimportant “land mass” in the south…a “blessing”!

Next, in this video the US government donates billions of dollars in aid money to Andorra, apparently mistaking it for Angola. Andorra is enjoying using the money for hot-air balloons for all its citizens! Great map of Africa being used by the US State Department.

On a similar note, here is a panel discussion by commentators who have no idea about Nigeria (or is it Niger?) but are forced to comment anyway.

Now onto Darfur – another panel discussion, this time about how Darfurians can be made aware of what celebrities are doing for them – Darfurians “don’t understand the significance of the fact that Matt Damon is worried about them”…

Finally, in this video, did Don Cheadle orchestrate the Darfur genocide to create a film role based on the tragedy (to top Hotel Rwanda)? And why in Darfur? Because of the panoramic vistas that would provide a striking backdrop for the movie!

Plenty of laughs there…

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2 Responses to “Light relief”

  1. Ahhh very good Virgil, very good.

    Yes it is good to break up the depressing reality with something lighter.
    Very funny (unfortunately, a little true in a smaller degree)

    I also noticed this one the same site:
    http://www.theonion.com/video/congo-approves-economic-stimulus-package-of-ak47-f,14391/

  2. Yes, I saw the one about the DRC AK47 stimulus package, and it was nicely done (in French and all), but I thought it kind of reinforced nasty stereotypes. The ones about nationalism and ignorance seemed closer to the truth and therefore(?) funnier!

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