Party in the USA?

For my video mashup, I am going to be exploring the issue of consumerism in America and the wide economic gap between the rich and the poor in this country. Celebrities and socialites are out spending on an outfit, what many of us would spend on a car. The television paints the portrait of America being an indulgent, money-driven, shopping centered society, but neglects to show the people that are homeless, and children that are starving. This is a huge problem in America, but we are so used to seeing these celebrities and their behavior and find it so interesting that we tend to forget that that is not normal. The famous football player Matt Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million contract last year with the Falcons that included a $28 million signing bonus and a $12 million option bonus paid in March 2014. According to Forbes magazine, Beyonce is the richest celebrity in America. She played 95 shows on her tour last year, making $2.4 Million each day. To put this into perspective, the average American made $140 a day last year. What is wrong with this picture? What is wrong, is that there is a huge income inequality in America-something I plan on showing in my video mashup through images of the poor and hungry, contrasted with the luxurious lifestyle of celebrities. As of right now, I plan on using the song “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, to show the irony that the USA is only really a party for a select group of Americans.

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