Poverty Porn

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Mikal Sergov
Poverty Porn

Have you ever watched those World Vision commercials where Alex Trebec or Fred Penner exhort you to send money to help save the orphans in Sierra Leone (or Congo or wherever)? How did you feel? Did you maybe think that the producers of the commercial were exploiting the children in some way? I did, and still do.

 

Read this article from the Toronto Star to get an idea of the lengths WV will go to in order to get your money.

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/03/28/needy_children_poverty_porn...

 

I'm not advocating for or against sponsoring a child; that's another issue. But the use of real children who are suffering as props in what is essentially a profit-making enterprise is morally reprehensible.

 

 

Michelle

An interesting perspective on this from 1982.

Please do not sponsor this child.