There is a video making the rounds on the internet. It features men, women, and a good handful of ecstatic-looking children bopping around to Pharrell’s hit in choice locations including: on a bike, at the park, at a bus-stop, in the back-garden, at a mosque, Wembley stadium, and even in the sweet aisle of a supermarket. The video is set to Pharrell Williams’ feel-good “Happy” and features a diverse group of British Muslims.
The video is an initiative of The Honest Policy who state on their website:
Pharrell – Happy – BRITISH MUSLIMS! | The Honesty Policy
SO what is it? Well first we had an idea. We sent a number of anonymous emails. We got responses. People loved it. Some volunteered. They took cameras and went around the country and finished filming in two weeks. This is what we want to be about. A national community coming together for each others sake. Each individual giving a bit of their time for the greater good. No more fund proposals from self-interested funders or bureaucratic Islamic organisations. Let’s make things happen ourselves.
To any youngster aspiring to be someone, this proves that our community is ready to mobilise together under a simple good intention. Despite our team remaining anonymous, which was REALLY shady, they put their trust in an intention. We have scholars, activists, celebrities, students, professionals, bloggers and everyday’ers all in one video. It is amazing how times have changed, and we really hope this project inspires others to pick up the mantle and showcase our community for the smiling wondrous people they are. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Of course a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into this, but watching the faces of those who watch it brighten up makes it all worth it.
We Brits have a bad rep for being a bit stiff, but this video proves otherwise. We are HAPPY. We are eclectic. We are cosmopolitan. Diverse. Creative. Fun. Outgoing. And everything you can think of.
This video is to show the world despite the negative press, stereotypes and discrimination we are burdened with we should respond with smiles and joy, not anger.