My friend was arguing that comic relief is bad because it "trivialises" the issue of poverty, and that it was just the middle classes way of feeling better about themselves.
I argued that comic relief is one of the only ways that the majority of people give money to charity anyway. Sure, its not the most effective charity to give to, but if lenny henry's telling them to do it, most of the tv watching population will. If they do it purely to feel better about themselves, who cares? at the end of the day, kids are still eating cos of it.