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Delayed Construction Works in Brazil Fuel “(un)Happy” Video

Written by João Miguel Lima On 1 April 2014 @ 10:03 am | 5 Comments

In Arts & Culture, Brazil, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Governance, Humor, Latin America, Music, Portuguese, Protest, Quick Reads

The contagious feeling triggered by Pharrell Williams’ viral music video “Happy [1]” inspired citizens of Porto Alegre [2], Brazil, to take advantage of the fact that their city holds the Portuguese word for “happy” in its name — but rather to express what's making them unhappy.

The video shows people dancing joyfully in front of delayed construction works for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Watch “Porto (un)Happy [3]” below with captions in English:

Published on March 25, the video has already been watched over 250,000 times. Its creators use the Facebook page Porto un-Happy [4] to promote the hashtag #MudaPOA [5] (Change, Porto Alegre), as well as to collect mentions in the media and to clarify [6] [pt]:

Nosso protesto NÃO é contra a Copa, e sim contra o atraso nas obras e o pouco caso com a população!

Our protest is NOT against the World Cup, but against the delayed construction works and the lack of care towards the population!

On the map We Are Happy From [7], you will find a video version [8] created by the city's public administration. The video presents a very positive perspective, but it has been less popular, with 50,000 views.

Global Voices also reported on the ironic version of “Happy” from Rio de Janeiro [9].

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URLs in this post:

[1] Happy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

[2] Porto Alegre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porto_Alegre

[3] Porto (un)Happy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRPqfpqZs4Y

[4] Porto un-Happy: https://www.facebook.com/PortoUnHappy

[5] #MudaPOA: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/mudapoa

[6] clarify: https://www.facebook.com/PortoUnHappy/posts/613084005435205?stream_ref=10

[7] We Are Happy From: http://wearehappyfrom.com/

[8] video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gs26YxJ6d0

[9] “Happy” from Rio de Janeiro: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/22/happy-video-exposes-the-other-side-of-rio-de-janeiro/

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