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.




  1. Les Winder says:

    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,


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

  2. Introducing the new video, ‘Not Happy in #Bahrain’ – with music from Pharrell WIlliams

  3. Hi Les,

    Sorry about that. It should be working now!

  4. […] Owen Jones made his own video that showed an (un)happy version of Bahrain because he believed that the JEO Productions video was […]

  5. badernoaimi says:

    Hello Mr. Owen

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

  6. Les Winder says:

    Hi Marc, OK, got it now, excellent!



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

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