On Monday (Nov. 13), Global Citizen -- a social action platform dedicated to solving the world’s biggest problems -- released a Taylor Swift parody video for a cause. Bringing awareness to one of the most pressing issues in global development, the “Look What You Made Me Do” spoof draws attention to sanitation and toilet access.
Worldwide, 4.5 billion people lack access to safe and working toilets and sanitation, while 892 million people are forced to defecate outside in the open or into bodies of water. Poor sanitation is linked to the transmission of many deadly diseases, including cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio, and 3.4 million people -- mostly children -- die from water-related diseases each year, with one in nine child deaths caused by diarrhea.
The facts on the effects of this issue are dismal, but Global Citizen is using its platform to bring awareness to this and other important issues in a fun and entertaining way. “Look Where Some People Poo” is the latest in a series of musical parodies Global Citizen has created to educate and inspire people around the world to take action. Past videos have included an Adele parody about calling Congress and a Bruno Mars parody concerning women’s rights.
Ahead of World Toilet Day (Nov. 19), the organization is asking supporters to sign a petition calling on the World Bank to commit to prioritizing basic sanitation.
Check out the Taylor Swift parody video below.