Not Happy in Bahrain

For the unfamiliar, the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams has gone viral, spawning many memes and derivatives on YouTube. People from Nablus to Japan have made their own versions. It is not surprising then, that Bahrain saw its own version of the Meme. Directed by JEO Productions, the clip shows many Bahraini residents looking happy and dancing to Williams’s song. It’s a fun, upbeat video, yet it tends to paint Bahrain in rather a rosy, and not entirely accurate light. In order that the video not be used to gloss over, or indeed whitewash ongoing state violence in Bahrain, I created the ‘Not Happy in Bahrain’ video. Take a look for yourself.

 

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6 responses to “Not Happy in Bahrain

  1. Les Winder

    Hi Marc, it looks as though someone has “got at” your video, when I open the link it says “this video has been removed by the user”. Only the original “approved by the government” version works. Shame, I’d like to have seen the alternative.

    Keep up the good work.

    Best regards,

    Les

    On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 1:49 AM, MarcOwenJones

  2. Introducing the new video, ‘Not Happy in #Bahrain’ – with music from Pharrell WIlliams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBpDNCzA-ZM&feature=youtu.be

  3. Hi Les,

    Sorry about that. It should be working now!

  4. Pingback: Happy in Bahrain: Whitewashing? | Bader Noaimi

  5. Hello Mr. Owen

    I wrote a little piece briefly discussing your video. I’d love for you to check it out!

    http://badernoaimi.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/happy-in-bahrain-whitewashing/

  6. Les Winder

    Hi Marc, OK, got it now, excellent!

    Thanks,

    Les

    On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 1:49 AM, MarcOwenJones

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