"We Are The World 25," a remake of the famous allstar charity single helmed in 1985 by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, was supposed to be a serious affair aimed at raising funds for Haiti earthquake relief. And while the intentions behind the re-recording were of course altruistic, the song has been poorly received in the pop marketplace. So naturally, it's fair game for parody, as evidenced by this past weekend's hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch:
There hasn't been as funny a Band Aid/Live Aid-style sendup on the small screen since 30 Rock's "Kidney Now!" benefit:
...or since the citizens of Springfield joined forces for "Sending Our Love Down The Well" on The Simpsons...
...or since the cast of In Living Color raised money for "Career Aid":
...or since Britpop band Pulp hired a cast of impostors for this little-seen work of Band-Aid-spoofing genius...
However, this SNL skit might be the finest "We Are The World" parody yet, despite its serious inspiration. Maybe "We Are The World 3" should be commercially released to benefit Haiti instead!
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- Lionel Richie
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