It was on my way back to Mexico from New Zealand in 2009, when I discovered Flight of the Conchords. In their HBO show, these two Newzealanders (Kiwis) are trying to succeed as a band in New York. It took me a couple of episodes to finally enjoy the Kiwi sense of humour, the NZ accent and the cultural references to Aotearoa and the NZ British heritage.
In each episode they perform a bunch of original songs, all of them with a very particular sense of humour; Albi the Racist Dragon, I’m not Crying, Inner City Pressure, Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor, etc.
One song that caught my attention was “Think about it, Think, Think About it”. Some of its lyrics are quite deep: “Children on the streets using guns and knives,
taking drugs and each other’s lives”; or “Good cops get framed and put into a can and all the money that we’re making is going to the man”; or “There’s people on the street getting diseases from monkeys”. They emphasis on “What’s wrong with the world today”, fair enough.
The line that interested me was related to child labour. While I was in Auckland University I took a paper called “Global Civil Society” and one of the issues discussed in class was related to transnational corporations manufacturing goods in developing countries without adequate labour conditions. One case of study was the Nike Sweatshops in Cambodia and Pakistan, mostly for the manufacturing of soccer balls and trainers in the 1990s.
This line was:
“They’re turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers
But what’s the real cost, ’cause the sneakers don’t seem that much cheaper
Why are we still paying so much for sneakers when you got little kid slaves making them”
I literally used part of the song for a presentation on Nike’s sweatshops. We should really be more conscious of how and where our goods are being manufactured and decide if we really care enough to ask these companies to improve their manufacturing methods (please talk about these issues while keeping it funky).
“What is wrong with the world today? Think about it, think about it, think, think about it“. – FOTC
Ps. ‘Andreas Behring Breivik was convicted of terrorism and premeditated murder, and given the maximum sentence of 21 years’ imprisonment.’ – BBC. He was declared ‘sane’ by the second team that examined him. Take a good look at the way the information is presented “convicted of terrorism”.
Ps2. If you feel like investing in Mexico nowadays, buy eggs, they doubled their price in 1 week, true story.