That twitter hashtag of #FirstWorldProblems has been going on for a while and I believe that people who do have twitter have at least “First World Problems”, so even if you do live in a “Third World” country (actually Developing country is more like it, a Third World country historically pertains to non-aligned countries back in the Cold War), you could still be experiencing this. This hash tag actually makes fun of their problems, it’s actually a way of saying that these aren’t serious problems at all. It’s all being ironic here.
But when this foundation in Haiti decided to use it as the main theme of their ad, having Haitians say these First World Problems… it actually became something humorous and I don’t know, I wasn’t offended by it at all, it just made me want to donate and help the people there. I mean their reactions and non-reactions came across as funny (especially the lady who says “I hate it when my neighbors block their WiFi you don’t know if she’s really annoyed at that or she’s annoyed coz she doesn’t “get” how that could be a problem.) I think the ad is an effective calling for people to hear out their problems. I mean you realize more how trivial these problems are. I don’t see it as exploitation at all. What do you think? I just hope that they are really willing volunteers who wanted to say this in front of a camera.
Here’s the ad.
Ryan Higa also made another parody of this. He does what he does best and I think those are creating satirical commercials. HAHA I really love this video!
Would love to hear your thoughts