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11 Problems Facing Rio De Janeiro Satirized By This "Happy" Parody

Some are even bigger than Pharrell's hat.

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Brazilian Youtubers "Jeitinho Carioca" used Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" to address Rio de Janeiro's current cultural and socioeconomic issues.

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We list some of their top grievances below.

1. The cost of hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

The estimated 11 billion dollar cost of hosting the World Cup, not to mention the 2016 Olympics in Rio, have sparked outrage among Brazilian citizens, leading some protesters to claim there won't be a World Cup (#N√£oVaiTerCopa).
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The estimated 11 billion dollar cost of hosting the World Cup, not to mention the 2016 Olympics in Rio, have sparked outrage among Brazilian citizens, leading some protesters to claim there won't be a World Cup (#NãoVaiTerCopa).

2. Rampant inflation.

Brazil's runaway inflation has made living costs throughout the country extremely high, and particularly in the former capital of Rio de Janeiro.
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Brazil's runaway inflation has made living costs throughout the country extremely high, and particularly in the former capital of Rio de Janeiro.

3. High cost of fuel and energy.

Despite having a wealth of natural resources, Brazil remains the 16th most unaffordable place to buy fuel based on average daily wages.
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Despite having a wealth of natural resources, Brazil remains the 16th most unaffordable place to buy fuel based on average daily wages.

4. Urban crime.

The city has seen a recent rash of violent crimes and robberies, forcing mayor Sergio Cabral to request federal troops to help quell the violence.
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The city has seen a recent rash of violent crimes and robberies, forcing mayor Sergio Cabral to request federal troops to help quell the violence.

5. Endless construction.

Preparations for the upcoming international sporting events have left the city in a state of constant upheaval and reconstruction.
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Preparations for the upcoming international sporting events have left the city in a state of constant upheaval and reconstruction.

6. Garbage collection and water pollution.

Garbabe accumulation around the city and pollution in the famed Guanabara Bay have been continued problems for city officials.
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Garbabe accumulation around the city and pollution in the famed Guanabara Bay have been continued problems for city officials.

7. Chaotic air travel conditions.

The picture below displaying a board of delayed flights in Rio's Santos Dumont airport highlights the chaotic environment often found travelling into the city. World Cup flight restrictions have worsened matters by forcing customers to cancel or reroute their flights.
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The picture below displaying a board of delayed flights in Rio's Santos Dumont airport highlights the chaotic environment often found travelling into the city. World Cup flight restrictions have worsened matters by forcing customers to cancel or reroute their flights.

8. Big city traffic.

As one of the world's largest metropolitan areas, Rio de Janeiro sees its fair share of mind-numbing traffic jams.
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As one of the world's largest metropolitan areas, Rio de Janeiro sees its fair share of mind-numbing traffic jams.

9. Police brutality and discrimination.

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The segment above is but one of many documented instances of police brutality and racial discrimination by Rio de Janeiro's police departments.

10. Racism.

The city was forced to face existing trends of racism following a teen's brutal beating this February, in which the boy was left naked and locked to a pole.
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The city was forced to face existing trends of racism following a teen's brutal beating this February, in which the boy was left naked and locked to a pole.

11. Government dissatisfaction.

Pal√°cio Guanabara, the headquarters for the state of Rio de Janeiro, has become a major target for ongoing protests that began last June. Discontent over government spending, crumbling infrastructure and widespread corruption have raised hostility toward local and national politicians alike.
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Palácio Guanabara, the headquarters for the state of Rio de Janeiro, has become a major target for ongoing protests that began last June. Discontent over government spending, crumbling infrastructure and widespread corruption have raised hostility toward local and national politicians alike.

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