The folks over at Funny Or Die have done it again. This time, Kristen Bell — Anna from last year’s hit Frozen — does her best Mary Poppins impression to extol a minimum wage increase.
To the tune of “A Spoonful Of Sugar,” the magical nanny schools her charges in why she has to leave them. You see, she just can’t live on $7.25 an hour. But “just a three-dollar increase” would let her make a living wage. “But you have magical powers!” Michael exclaims. “You’d think that would entitle me to more than $7.25 an hour,” she retorts.
Her paycheck, she explains, will leave her below the poverty line once taxes are deducted. Even worse, she explains, is the poor penguin family. Daddy penguin must take a second job to support his family. This will lead to Mommy and Daddy penguin fighting and the wee penguins crying.
The clever mirror bit becomes Republican Mary in the mirror who, “… love(s) a good tea party.” Well, a mirror does show things flipped around. As Mary prepares to leave, she opens her umbrella…the tag line will leave you laughing.
The satire is pitch perfect in every way. From the costumes to the stuffed birds to the cartoon penguins. As a Disneyphile and a liberal, I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. But how about the numbers? Well, aside from the fact that Mary Poppins is a British nanny and not affected by our minimum wage it still works.
According to Vox, a childcare worker makes about $19,500 a year. That’s more than minimum wage but not by much. Nannies, however, make somewhat more than that. Live-in nannies make an average of $34,000 a year. Nannies who don’t live-in make a little more. Depending on the size of her own family, this could very well put her below the poverty line according to guidelines.
While the set-up is satirical, the information it presents is factual. Like most satire, it makes its point while making you laugh. Often, that’s the best way to do it.