This Is A Thing. That Exists.
He’s the consummate villain: terrorizing villagers, pillaging towns and commanding a loyal gang of friends and flies. His name? Mr. Poo.
He is a lowly pile of waste. But now is his turn in the limelight. He stars in “Poo Party,” a music video by Unicef India, part of a campaign to end open defecation in the world’s largest democracy.
More than half of Indians don’t use toilets, according to Unicef, and 28 million children have no toilet facilities in school. It’s a serious public health problem. Fecal germs can cause a host of diseases, including hepatitis A, polio and infectious diarrhea.
“Poo Party” features a showdown between a group of citizens and the feces that have taken over their backyards, streets and public monuments. Accompanying the action, a techno-infused chorus: “Take your poo to the loo-oo-oo, take your poo to the loo-oo-oo.”
How do you say “howdy-ho” in Hindi?
This video is NSFW, by the way, because the song makes use of the S-word. I turned the volume off and my kids thought it was the funniest thing ever. Their mother did NOT approve. Which is a big part of why the rest of us found it so dang funny.
But then I read the back story behind the “Poo To The Loo” campaign, and it didn’t seem quite so funny. This is a terrible problem in India.
Still, turds chasing a man down the street, and partying in a disco toilet is not something you see every day. Ain’t you glad you read this blog?