Rusty Radiator Awards

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In case you missed it, this year’s Rusty Radiator Awards came out a couple weeks ago.
 
This annual award-you-don’t-want-to-win from the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund names and shames the worst nonprofit videos of the year. It’s no surprise that this year’s winner is the 30th anniversary remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” but with the lyrics slightly rewritten to reflect the Ebola crisis. I’ve never been a fan or the original song with its cringe-inducing, stereotypical lyrics that reflect ignorance about Africa and its many countries. This remake is no better.
 
Thankfully, the Norwegians have a positive counterpart to the Rusty Radiator Awards: the Golden Radiator Awards. This year’s winner is a lovely, nuanced short documentary about a teenage girl who wants to continue studying instead of entering an arranged marriage.
 
See all the videos here.


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