A perceptive and ironic video created by a teenager pokes deep fun at the privileged lifestyle we live in the West. FunnyZ’s “First World Problems Rap” video, posted just last week on YouTube, is a powerful, and funny, reminder of the inconsequential nature of “developed nation”s’ problems…and it has gone viral, garnering over 900,000 views since June 23:
Among the various “first-world” existential crises enumerated:
“My fridge is so full I have to reach way back
and my sports car doesn’t have an audio jack.”
“Something just beeped and I don’t know what it was:
was it my Roomba, convection oven, or just Google Buzz?”
“My fridge doesn’t have a touch screen – first world issue;
Killed this spider with a dollar cos I didn’t have a tissue!”
(See full lyrics here http://lybio.net/mc-funnyz-the-first-world-problems-rap/comedy/)
The video’s performer has created several other parodies, but First World Rap is the most successful so far. According to various online sites, FunnyZ is a 17-year old who lives in Washington, DC; he describes himself on Twitter to his over 16,900 followers as a “Youtuber, Twitterer (@omgidothistoo), Drummer (in a cool band!), Graphic Designer, Synthesizer-Player (Synthesist?), & Freestyle Rapper.”
Hats off to this creative guy and his brisk indictment of the over-privileged, abundant lifestyle so many of us live. Awareness is the first step in effective change…here’s to self-aware teens growing into world-changing grown-ups.
Photo: Still from YouTube video of First World Problems
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