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.



6 thoughts on “Not Happy in Bahrain

  1. 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

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