Rapper Sofia Ashraf took to YouTube to protest how one company's work practices have hurt the small Indian city of Kodaikanal.
In a video backed by Nick Minaj's Anaconda (AKA Sir Mixalot's Baby Got Back), Ashraf calls out Unilever and a local thermometer factory for damaging the health of workers and polluting water used by the city's citizens with dangerous levels of mercury.
The chorus states:
Kodaikanal won't back down until you make amends now."
The video points viewers to a petition that asks Unilever CEO Paul Polman to clean up the pollution caused by the thermometer factory. It summarizes the plight felt by workers at the factory and its neighbors.
The factory operators did not give its workers any protective equipment or information about the disastrous impact that mercury has on health.
The factory owned by Hindustan Unilever also dumped toxic mercury around their plant, and this has not been cleaned up in the 14 years since this plant was shut down. The contamination continues to impact forests and groundwater.
The workers cannot afford private healthcare. They have been fighting for Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination and compensate them for their medical expenses as a result of mercury for many long years. They need us to stand with them now, more than ever.
The creators of the petition hope to gather 15,000 signatures and have received half that number so far.
If you (somehow) disagree with the politics, you can at least appreciate a very talented rapper making some good music.
Gotta love Fred!
The comic was spotted in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton in a shaggy wig "disguise" performing a couple songs. He was apparently at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour to promote the new IFC show 'Documentary NOW!'
Here's a few more angles of his epic performance...
Yesterday, the Internet received a lovely gift in the form of 1,000 musicians all playing the same Foo Fighters song at once. The video has been viewed almost 6 million times as of this writing and has been spread to the four winds of the world wide web.
The stunt was coordinated by Fabio Zaffagnini in an attempt to get the band's attention and persuade them to play in his small northwestern Italian town of Cesena.
Gracious and classy guy that he is, Dave Grohl responded July 31, with a (vertical) video. He gave a message in Italian to the musicians and fans that put together the impressive piece of music and declared an intention for the Foo Fighters to indeed play there.
Here's our transcription of the video with the help of basic linguistic skills and Google translation:
"Hello Cesena, [Unclear, we're not that good] I don't speak Italian. Just a little, a little. This video was beautiful. Very beautiful. Thank you very much.
Yes, we are coming. Promise. I'd love to go there soon. Thank you very much. I love you. Good bye."
The Rockin' 1000, as they're called, has yet to put up a video response on their YouTube account, but they freaked out accordingly on their Facebook page.
Just goes to show you, if you want to get your favorite band's attention, gather 1,000 of your closest musician friends and make a viral sensation.
It's as easy as that.