And everything on TV just a figment of imagination
I don't want plastic nation, dread that like a Haitian
He’s afraid of our society becoming a fake or “plastic” nation, due to the things we see on TV (talked about in the line above).The ‘dread that like a Haitian’ reference is just a play on words as some Haitians are known for wearing dreads. “I don’t want a plastic nation” is also a reference to Public Enemy’s song “Plastic Nation”.
In the video in which he explains the HiiiPower he says that everything we thought in school is just a half truth. He also reiterates that the government is feeding us with bullshit, so everything is just a “figment of imagination”.
Kendrick’s using the double meaning of “plastic” to say that he doesn’t want the fictitious display of reality on TV (fake people, fake faces/tits) to actually spill over into the real world — just like a Haitian doesn’t want a nation full of plastic. Let me explain the Haiti part.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world with 80% of its population living under the poverty line. According to reports, on average, Haiti had ONE toilet for every 1,000 people — and this statistic was before the catastrophic 2010 Haiti Earthquake. As a result of the lack of toilets, many Haitians resort to using “flying toilets”, in other words, they shit in plastic bags and then throw them away. This practice creates scenes like this — this photo was taken in a slum in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti:
Sights like these are why Haitians “dread” a “plastic nation”. These piles of plastic bags full of waste are everywhere in slums and not only do they clog up streets & drainage, they also attract flies & are hotspots for disease and when it rains, the excrement can actually end up entering people’s homes. The problem is so bad that the Haitian government introduced a ban on certain plastics last year.So for Haitians, plastic bags are the stuff of nightmares — and Kendrick compares this “dread” about physical plastic to his own fear of his world becoming full of “plastic” people.
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