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  • A rap shaming Unilever goes viral in India
  • A rap shaming Unilever goes viral in India
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A rap shaming Unilever goes viral in India

“Unilever came and left devastation as they exposed the land to contamination,” raps Sofia Ashraf in a YouTube video that's been viewed over 1.7 million times to date. The rap – set to the beat of Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ – is shaming Hindustan Unilever for toxic waste disposal.



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