Mary Poppins quits

The pay was just supercalifragilisticexpiali-bullshit…


In this great Funny or Die sketch, my imaginary best friend Veronica Mars Kristen Bell plays a fed-up Mary Poppins, who is tired of making the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. “The pay’s too low/I can’t live on this dough!” she sings. “Just a three dollar increase can make a living wage!”

Millions of Americans could also use a raise. About two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, many of them child care providers and other domestic workers like Poppins – though unlike Poppins, they are disproportionately women of color. As we well know–and the video does a great job of summarizing–a minimum wage puts you below the poverty line, often forced to take on a second or even third shift to make ends meet, and without enough to afford rent in any state in the country.

Calling out the “CEOs in fancy suites” who “just collect,” as well as taking a jab at Republicans and the Tea Party, Bell’s modern day Poppins offers a hilariously prim and proper call for a little bit of class antagonism that’s sorely needed in these absurd times when CEOs make nearly 300 times as much as their employees. It’s worth noting, in fact, that a three dollar increase to the federal minimum wage would likely not even make a living wage in every state. The $15/hour that fast food workers have been demanding sounds more like it.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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  1. Posted July 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    First off, I LOVE Kristen Bell. She did a tremendous job playing this part. For decades the nation has heard that females get paid less and work their way up much slower than men do, and this video is a perfect example of how most women feel. Making below ten dollars an hour is extremely hard to make a living. Even though I am still in college, it has been extremely hard to pay my expenses while getting paid minimum wage at an internship. “Feminism holds that both women and men are complete and important human beings and that societal barriers have prevented women from being perceived and treated as valued persons of equal worth with men” (Johannesen, Valde, & Whedbee, 2008, p 203). Men and women are both viewed differently and it is supercalifragilisticexpiali-bullshit. Love this post.

    Johannesen, R., Valde, K., & Whedbee, K. (2008). Ethics in human communication. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.

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