Mr. Poo Is India’s Anti-Public Defecation MascotBy: Alex Williams - April 16, 2014
Warning: Those who have a weak stomach should not read this story.
According to Unicef, around 620 million people (half the population) in India alone poops in public; that’s around 143,300,482 lbs. of feces every day. The rampant rise of excrement leads to higher risks in bacterial and virus contaminations of water, which is, to say the least, very unhealthy for the public and can cause diarrhea in children.
So, as a way to clean up the streets, Unicef came up with this great idea for their public health campaign in India by making a giant dancing anthropomorphic turd named Mr.Poo who will attempt to French kiss you. The whole campaign is dubbed “Take Poo to the Loo”, which seeks to spread awareness and garner support through pledges that will be sent to Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India; people can also donate, which allows for, according to the site, “long-term sustainable solutions for children of India to ensure that every child gets the best start in life.”
According to The Independent, since the start of the campaign via YouTube videos, people have had mixed reactions. Some commenters think of the campaign as “degrading”, while others criticized the videos for targeting audiences that are most likely already using toilets.
There’s a ton of disgusting animations involving Mr. Poo and his pals loitering and leaving stains everywhere. Watch at your own risk:
Mr. Poo will also bother you in public:
And if you really want to get into it, there’s a behind the scenes making of the poo song… which is a bunch of guys in a room emulating fart, toilet, and dripping sounds with drums and synthesizers, it’s actually pretty well done:
There’s a Mr. Poo Facebook game if you’re into that kind of stuff.
Images via Unicef India