Mama Hope Pokes Fun at Hollywood Depictions of Africa

 - Apr 27, 2012
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Mama Hope is an organization that invests in projects throughout Africa, bringing food security, clean water, education and healthcare to communities in need. Through allowing local organizations and communities to manage projects, Mama Hope encourages self-reliance. From the horn of Africa to its western shores, the organization has helped realize the potential of 76,000 people in Kenya and Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda.

Still, the humanitarians behind this initiative are not without a sense of irony. Hollywood depictions of Africa range from depressing to absurd. African men, in particular, are portrayed as psychopathic, bloodthirsty warlords whose reign of terror can only be thwarted by a valiant, noble western hero, such as a shirtless Matthew McConaughey.

In this video, four young African men point out the various cartoonish ways Hollywood portrays them. Towards the end of the video, the men poke fun at Matthew McConaughey's tendency to be unnecessarily shirtless in dire moments.