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SAD REALITY: South park – Starvin Marvin

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The character Starvin’ Marvin is an Ethiopian child adopted by the main characters of South Park.

– “Starvin’ Marvin”, the first season episode where he’s introduced.
– “Starvin’ Marvin in Space”, the third season episode where he returns.


Written by Tseday

September 6, 2008 at 5:02 am

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  1. Sad for whom?


    September 6, 2008 at 11:35 am

  2. Since you asked, I’ll give you a detailed explanation.

    Understand that I posted this video solely for the purpose of analyzing how people/media perceive and respond to the Ethiopian famine (or any other similar humanitarian crisis)

    Starvin Marvin is a brilliant character…depends from which side of the lens you are perceiving his message. In my opinion, this video conveys lots of messages…mostly sad from various perspectives.

    Most of us are too selfish or too ignorant to understand the roots/cause of this reality.

    So why is it a sad reality?

    – SAD BECAUSE WE STILL CANNOT PREVENT FAMINE IN ETHIOPIA: this video came out a few years back and it still rings true …Ethiopia is going through another season of chronic famine and malnitrution…who’s to blame? i don’t know…I don’t think either parties have tried hard enough to find a solution…I mean, common we have the Blue Nile and we haven’t even mastered how to use it for our advantage…but the Egyptians did! They have created paradise in the middle of the desert just from the Nile waters…their export revenue from agriculture is HIGH (sustained by the rich soil that comes with the waters of the Nile)

    – SAD BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF NGO’S ARE A WASTE OF MONEY…the money never reaches those in need…there are too many layers of corruption in between

    – SAD BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT OF ETHIOPIA DENIES THIS FACT (we can only find a solution when we accept the situation) if only the government was pro-active in preventing a famine of such-scales.
    We need to use the green resources we have in the south of the country…we can never rely on the rainy seasons specially with global warming…the government should focus on mass-scale irrigation projects …We should reclaim our history and build a mass-scale tourism network in the country…there is no country on this planet that has an extensive history as Ethiopia but most people only know us by the Famine! And last but not least, we Ethiopians should understand that our diverstity is what makes us special …we should cherish it and use it to our advantage…we are wasting precious time and energy on past-ridden bitter politics….our ancestors were smarter than us …they thought and fought for the better of the whole nation. Emperor Haile Selassie was the last leader who put our footprints in world history…his legacy has been stopped…we have unfortunately adopted a selfish ethno-centric attitude to politics and governing this precious historical nation.

    – SAD BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE BLIND AND ARE NO LONGER SENSITIVE TO THE PROBLEMS OF OTHERS… we have completely become a selfish society … we are no longer connected with what’s happening in the rest of the world…we rely solely on what the media chooses for us to see …we have a distorted view of the reality…the real world in which the majority of the world population live in IS NOT so rosy…people are living in misery! War and poverty is killing innocent people…and yet, people in the developed world would rather continue living in this superficial material world at the expense of the environment



    September 6, 2008 at 9:53 pm

  3. I agree with you! Ignorance really is the root of all evil. And the sad thing is that no one knows the truth. May be it’s good not to have a perfect life and live as though we were in paradise.


    September 7, 2008 at 12:06 am

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