A mock Kickstarter campaign from improv comedy group Second City Network uploaded to YouTube is seeking $1.6 trillion in funds to kickstart World War III by pushing for intervention in Syria.
The video, “Help Kickstart World War III,” says that “President Obama needs your help starting World War III! Find out how you can help.”
“Our president can’t launch into another war without you! And remember, when we voted for him in 2008 and 2012, we promised to support him no matter what,” an actor in the video says.
The video pokes fun at the blind worship of Obama by some of his supporters.
Another actor says that “even a small donation will make all the donation,” because as another put it, “World War III is a important and very progressive war that Obama tells me is very important … so it must be!”
“World War III is not going to be like those other Republican wars fought on just 1 percent of the world; this war is going to be fought on 99 percent of the world,” another actor in the video says. “It will be everywhere: Russia, China, Africa, Cincinnati, your favorite brunch spot — the one with those … ranchero breakfast burritos.”
It said that $10 will get donors a shout-out on social media, while $25 will get a supporter a piece of rubble from a Middle Eastern country. It added that $100 will get a day pass for a refugee camp equipped with Wi-Fi.
According to RT.com, the video was produced by Second City Network, which has theaters in Chicago and Toronto.
The video has already generated nearly 2 million views on YouTube.
Skit writer John Loos told the Daily Beast: “I was interested in the nation’s reaction to the Syria stuff and seeing the political sides kind of flip sides from where they were five or 10 years ago with Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“The idea is so ludicrous, it’s obviously something that no one would support, so I think there’s a commonality in that,” he added. “Comedy can work as a sugar coating for tough topics. We live in a time where people are pretty sensitive.”