How can you claim to be a good human being, or maybe even a human being, unless you have irrefutable proof? And how exactly, did you help the child in question and millions of other children like him in the process? That child, once he has served a 'I am a do-gooder and I deserve to go viral' person's purpose and has seen you through a slow work day, will go back to begging, working and trying to make a living in a way you or your children would not ever know.
See, the times are such that you should immediately record evidence of your 'humanity' on You Tube. Now read this again and again till you get it: you just exploited a 5-year-old child's miseries to spice up your lunch with a little melodrama.
In case you are a little baffled by the preceding declarations, check out the Facebook page of 'actor/director' Varun Pruthi. Pruthi took a 5-year-old boy, who lives on a Mumbai street like millions others like him, to a Mc Donald's store. Did you tell your colleague, "Oh my god, this sucks. In the process, you have catapulted the person who has shot that exploitative video into internet stardom.
Indian television has for a while now exploited poverty to be the Nirupa Roy of television and infuse tragedy into the cacophony that passes off as soaps and reality shows.
The viral content makers of the country seem to have just woken up to the immense possibility presented before them by India's poor and our economical and emotional distance from them.
It's not unknown to us that India is a nation of voyeurs.
That poverty could entertain us, however, is a considerably new discovery.
He later uploaded the video on You Tube with the title 'A 5 Year Old Street Kid Goes To The Mc Donald's for the First Time'. The intent and the sound of it is repulsive enough. Could he not put up a written post on his Facebook page, without subjecting the unsuspecting child to the prying of eyes of thousands of people at a vulnerable moment?
I stumbled upon it from an "Actor Varun Pruthi who’s known for his social experiments, took this cute-little child labour, who earns his living by selling pens, to Mc Donald’s and what happened next will keep haunting you for days."I can't say if I am terrified by the idea of being 'haunted for days' or I find the act of watching an impoverished street child having a burger in Mc Donalds to kill time deplorable, but I didn't go ahead and watch the video. Or perhaps just spoken to him without shooting him when he is offered a burger or is eating it. But a Facebook post minus the voyeuristic satisfaction of watching a poor child doing something a You Tube user doesn't credit the kid's life with, is hardly stuff that goes viral.
Because unlike the 2,19,324 people who seems to have watched the video since it was uploaded two days back, I find poverty neither fascinating nor something to 'ooh' and 'aahh' over from the comfort of my air-conditioned cubicle. But what do you get out of shooting a video as a five-year-old child, for a fleeting while, gets access to something that he otherwise knows is inaccessible to him? Scoop Whoop has carried the video declaring, "Watching This Child Labourer Eat At Mc Donald’s For The First Time Will Break Your Heart." Storypick has carried the video saying, "A Poor Kid Goes To Mc Donald’s For The First Time. Obviously, a 'poor kid' in the world of click-bait which livens up the Facebook and Twitter feeds of us middle class Indians, is as exotic as in a Manhattan restaurant.
In fact, I find the idea of the video nothing short of obnoxious. It doesn't matter that much like a TRP-grabbing reality show, we are simply exploiting a young child's emotions only to kill time. Depending on which side of the You Tube video maker-watcher barrier you are.
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The last film underperformed at the box office and was lambasted by critics. ] The critics didn’t kill that franchise, it committed suicide by stiletto and everyone saw it and commented on it.
It wasn’t a complete failure, but it didn’t do as well as was expected and was a disappointment on many levels. It’s like all the critics got together and said, ‘This franchise must die.’ Because they all had the exact same review. There was nothing conspiratorial about the bad reviews.