A comedian has raised close to $150,000 to takeover the biggest billboard in Times Square for just 10 minutes so he can ‘publicly shame’ the Australian government’s response to climate change.
Dan Ilic has so far raised $148,000 in a crowdfunding campaign titled ‘JokeKeeper ‘in preparation for his billboard display in New York on Thursday night local time.
Mr Ilic, who hosts the podcast A Rational Fear, said the purpose of the ‘subversive’ comedy stunt was to ‘ridicule fossil fuel supporting parties in the upcoming federal election’.
The 20-metre high billboard booked is the biggest in Times Square and has even earned the nickname of ‘Godzilla’ but due to its hefty fees the stunt will only run for less than a quarter of an hour.
Aussie comedian Dan Ilic has so far raised $148,000 in a crowdfunding campaign titled JokeKeeper in preparation for his billboard display in New York on Thursday night local time
The display will involve eight artworks which will be lit up on the billboard over a loop.
One artwork shows a picture of koalas with the slogan ‘Cuddle a koala (before they’re extinct) – limited time offer’ while another reads ‘Dear World … yeah, look … sorry about our government bullsh**ing about our emissions targets – Australia’.
Mr Ilic’s ultimate goal is to erect the billboard in Glasgow at the COP26 climate change convention with the United Nations on October 31.
In a video shared to his YouTube channel ahead of the grand unveiling, Mr Ilic urged any Aussies living in the Big Apple to get down and support the message.
‘Because despite the majority of Australians wanting our government to do more on climate action, Australia at these climate talks is enemy number one,’ he said.
The billboards are targeted at ‘publicly shaming’ the Australian government’s response to climate change
‘The Australian government at these talks basically acts un-Australian.’
Similar billboards have been planned for regional areas around Australia such as New England, Torquay, Horsham and Hawthorn.
The stunt has even caught the eye of Aussie actor Russell Crowe.
Crowe tweeted CNN news anchor Jake Tapper and asked if he’d seen it after Mr Ilic shared a video about his billboards online.
The billboards will be shown in Times Square on Thursday between 45th and 46th street from 6.45pm local time to 6.55pm.
The stunt is just the latest series of satirical attacks on the government made by Mr Ilic who famously filmed a dark parody of the marketing campaign Where the Bloody Hell Are You?
His version which aired in 2006 featured references to the Cronulla Riots, marijuana and the case of Lindy Chamberlain.
Mr Ilic’s ultimate goal is to erect the billboard in Glasgow at the COP26 climate change convention with the United Nations on October 31