A new video about the negative image of Greece cultivated by international media has gone viral over the last few days becoming particularly popular in the world of social networks. The video featuring Alex and his story is an attempt launched by Omikronproject.gr to reverse Greece’s image during its crushing economic crisis and reverse what critics called ironic and false remarks made against the Greeks.
“Alex could be anyone” begins the short video and carries on with the numerous prejudices and stereotypes currently labeling Greeks. It shows that the world believes he is a “lazy, cheating, ungrateful, helpless, corrupt, violent, rude, racist, tax-evading, trouble-making, thieving vandal who lives with his mother,” and tries to disprove it with understated irony.
Omikron Project is a group of regular guys and girls living in a crisis-hit country called Greece, as their Facebook profile reads. The projection of what they say are inaccurate images of life in Greece made the group decide to do something other than complain about it.
Omikron Project’s mission is to give people outside Greece a fuller picture of what’s going on in the country, and let them make up their own minds about the situation. The groups wished to tell the untold side of the Greek crisis and bring down the stereotypes built against the country’s people.