‘Because I’m happy’: UK Muslims to typhoon survivors
Videos of people dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” are pouring onto the web: most recently in a “viral” British Muslims video – but videos are also emerging from the most unlikely of places.
Above: a Typhoon Haiyan survivor (left) and a British Muslim (right) dance to Happy.
The video, Pharrell – Happy British Muslims! #HAPPYDAY, has been viewed nearly 300,000 times since it was posted two days ago.
It was made by the Honesty Policy group to counteract “negative press, stereotypes and discrimination”.
A blog post about the video says: “We Brits have a bad rep for being a bit stiff, but this video proves otherwise. We are HAPPY. We are eclectic. We are cosmopolitan. Diverse. Creative. Fun. Outgoing. And everything you can think of.
“This video is to show the world despite the negative press, stereotypes and discrimination we are burdened with we should respond with smiles and joy, not anger.”
Videos have also come from surprising places. Survivors of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people and destroyed communities, have released their own version, four months after the catastrophe (see video, below).
The video is shot in Tacloban, one of the worst hit cities, and shows people dancing through the rubble that continues to litter the streets.