The World at War, as Food

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My friend told me about this video, Food Fight. Very imaginative...

My favorite part is when the one shishkabob hits the other shishkabob!

I don't get the ending though - anybody know what it means? (the bugs) Please let me know if you figured it out.

Go here to see what countries all the different foods represent.

Posted by Kim.

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[ note from Bunny: I don't like this video. I mean, it's definitely very clever and I can appreciate that aspect, but there's just too many problems with the historical perspective being presented. Just one example: I think if you show Palestinian suicide bombers, at the very least you also should include the ridiculously unjust UN partition of 1947, massive land grabs by the Israelis in 1948 and 1967, and ongoing attacks on civilian Palestinians with missiles, tanks, and helicopters. ]

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[ Kim: ?!? Bunny - it's animated food! ]

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[ Bunny: I know it's food, but I'm making a point. Most Americans don't know anything about the Palestine-Israel conflict except what the mainstream media feeds them. And in our biased media presentations the historical context of Israeli state terrorism and land seizure is always left out, or at best, grossly misrepresented. That's how Palestinians wearing bombs on their bodies become 'terrorists' while Israelis driving their tanks over Palestinian families are only 'preserving national security'. This kind of history lesson reinforces racism against Palestinians, even if it is presented in an imaginative or funny way. ]

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[ Kim: How are you supposed to represent the 1947 UN partition with play-acting food??? Anyway this video is not a historical dissertation on the Palestine-Israel conflict! It covers WWII to the present in less than 6 minutes! ]

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[ Bunny: Yes it's short but it IS a history of sorts and millions of people are going to watch it. And they are going to learn something from it. I also don't think I'd be so critical of it if it weren't loaded with so many real historical details. All those 'inside jokes' lend a kind of historical authority to the presentation, and I think that's why it comes off as being funny. All I'm saying is given the reality of Palestinian oppression and vilification, I wish the creators of this very well-made video had thought more about the implications of siding with the dominant American perspective. ]

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[ Kim: How do you know they didn't think about it? Maybe they did consider the implications and they still decided to make it like this on purpose. ]

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[ Bunny: Okay, I agree - that's entirely possible too. If they're consciously trying to cultivate a greater misunderstanding of the Palestine-Israel conflict, and essentially, racism against Palestinians, then I think they're doing their part. ]

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[ Kim: Whatevers. I think you have done your part to make this video lose its funniness. ]

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[ Bunny: Why can't a video be problematic and funny at the same time? ]

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[ Kim: WHATEVERS!!! ]

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[ from Mimi: I think the ending just means that after human beings annihilate each other, the bugs will clean up the mess. That's my guess. ]