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Kelli - posted on 04/15/2011

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I thought make a wish had you put your top three choices down and you go ONE of them. They tried for your first choice, but if you didn't get it they moved on to the next choice. I think the parents were trying to get more publicity by taking it to the press that they didn't get their first choice. I haven't read much about this other than this article now, so not positive, but from reading this, it seams more like a publicity stunt for the family than anything. Yes, if she was his first choice, it would have been nice if she could have done it, but MAW has time constraints for getting things done and if she couldn't do it, then they try the next on the list. She shouldn't be blamed if it couldn't be done in their time frame and the family should have been happy with the next choice instead of taking everything public.

Isobel - posted on 04/12/2011

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sorry Maria, I call bullshit. There is NO way on God's green earth that ANY publicist said no to that...and if they did they should be not only fired but banned from working in that industry ever again.

I wish I had a publicist to blame everything on.

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Johnny - posted on 04/16/2011

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I don't know about this. Kids have some crazy crazy interests. My cousin was fascinated, spellbound by telephones. He spent all his days taking them apart and putting them back together. I have no doubt that if he'd been given a wish like that, he would have wanted to follow around a telephone repairman for a day.

My daughter is only 2 1/2 and loves to cook. It's actually annoying. We don't watch cooking shows, and frankly, it's a pain in the ass to have her in the kitchen sometimes. But she wants to be there and she wants to be involved. It is a constant battle to explain to her what she can and can't do in the kitchen. I'm sure following around a Food Network chef would be exceedingly low on her list of priorities, but that might be different if she was home sick spending all day watching the Food Network.

I think that the parents took the publicity thing a little far. But it sounds to me like the Barefoot Contessa deserved a little public humiliation for being a self-absorbed twat. You reap what you sow....

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I'm sorry, I still don't buy it. Plus there are any number of people who wouldn't do it and with good reasons all. First, you have no idea what's was going on in her life at that point in time. So don't judge unless you do. Second, again why should anyone be forced to do something they don't want to do?

If I'm dying and my dying wish is for Ian McKellan to turn straight and make my fantasies about Gandalf come true, it would be ridiculous to be angry if he politely declined. Hyperbole aside, there's no difference here. The mother should be the one ashamed of herself for putting her child on public display like this rather than saying, "ok honey that won't work but let's do this instead" you know like all the other times 3 year olds want something and they can't get it.

Kate CP - posted on 04/14/2011

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Jen: There was a chance this kid wouldn't have lived to see his 4th birthday. Most people would be fuckin' HONORED to be a dying child's last wish on Earth. I'm sorry but no one, except maybe the pope, is SO busy that they can't take a couple of hours out of their YEAR to spend some time with a sick kid. Personally, as a parent I would do everything I could to grant my dying child's wish.

Also, my daughter loved to cook so much as a 3 year old that she got her own play kitchen and fake food and utensils to cook with. So...yea, even a 3 year old can love to cook.

Isobel - posted on 04/14/2011

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I DO call bullshit on a three year old's wish being to meet the barefoot contessa too though...surely Cinderella or Micky Mouse would've been more likely

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No, the kid was *three* years old when the request was first made and rejected. What moral is she violating by not catering to this child? That we should cater to all children who are suffering? The only thing this mother taught her dying child is that if someone doesn't do what you want, make sure they're publically crucified until they give in.

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Bull. I wouldn't do it. I don't have time. There are a lot people who wouldn't do it either. It's just easy to attack her for it. It's not about the mother who put her dying child on public display by whining about the wish not going through. It's also a problem I see with this whole idea that the wish must be granted. Why? I'm not insensitive to the child's illness by any means but I see no reason that everyone should cater to this concept.

Brie - posted on 04/14/2011

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The boy is 6... and yeah my brother was into it then... and no it doesn't matter but i still can't see morally how someone could say no to a dying child but that is just me..

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Cooking from a young age? Sure. At age 3 though? No. that's not happening. There's just nothing that can convince me of that. As to her motivation or lack thereof, if we agree that no one should be forced into it, then it doesn't matter why she said no does it?

Brie - posted on 04/14/2011

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Jen i don't think he wanted to be on her show... either way my brother has always liked cooking from a young age so you never know what a kid would like... maybe his parents are loaded and he has already been to disney world and whatever else... it might be his moms favorite show and he likes her or maybe there are cooks in his family or something... who knows... no people shouldn't be forced into it but honestly it is a dying child if their one request is to spend time with you why would you deny it???

Tah - posted on 04/13/2011

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What did she step on a nail..lol, okay, that's mean..lol, I'll read the article

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I'm still on her side the more I read about it. I just have completely doubt that a 3 year old child's greatest wish is to be on a cooking show. I even doubt that a 6 year old's wish is that too. I still say and have no problem with it that no one should be required to do anything like this if they don't want to. They are not bad people for it. That's just how it is.

Amber - posted on 04/12/2011

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This is exactly what I would have done. You can't turn away a child and then when the bad press hits try to use them to fix your now broken image.

She can try to spin the situation in any direction that she wants, but I'm not buying it.

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Yeah, I'm not buying that either. Make-A-Wish asked her twice. And like Laura said, if that were the case then that is a horrible publicist. They're supposed to make you look good.

Kate CP - posted on 04/11/2011

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I'm doing my "Ha ha!" Nelson from the Simpson's impression. What a dumb ass. :P

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I don't blame the parents for not wanting to do it now. Their son has been through enough and I'm sure explaining the situation to him is difficult.

Brie - posted on 04/11/2011

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I say ha-ha to her.. serves her right and I hope she feels like lowly scum.... How are you going to tell a dying child no through make-a-wish... and we all know she only agreed because she was trashed for not doing it and her rating probably went down...

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