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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 ” inspired citizens of Porto Alegre , 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 ” 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  to promote the hashtag #MudaPOA  (Change, Porto Alegre), as well as to collect mentions in the media and to clarify  [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 , you will find a video version  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 .
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URLs in this post:
 Happy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
 Porto Alegre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porto_Alegre
 Porto (un)Happy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRPqfpqZs4Y
 Porto un-Happy: https://www.facebook.com/PortoUnHappy
 #MudaPOA: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/mudapoa
 clarify: https://www.facebook.com/PortoUnHappy/posts/613084005435205?stream_ref=10
 We Are Happy From: http://wearehappyfrom.com/
 video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gs26YxJ6d0
 “Happy” from Rio de Janeiro: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/22/happy-video-exposes-the-other-side-of-rio-de-janeiro/
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