Mary Poppins and Her Penguins Demand a Raise in Hilarious New Video

Kristen Bell explains that Poppins is, indeed, practically perfect in every way...except for being ‘grossly underpaid.’
Jul 24, 2014·
Michael Sugerman is a summer intern at TakePart and a student at the University of Michigan, where he reports for the school newspaper, The Michigan Daily.

The robin feathering his nest might know that “his song will move the job along,” but it comes at a price—and apparently, Mary Poppins can’t pay it anymore.

What a spoonful of misery.

“In every job that must be done, you must be paid in more than fun,” Kristen Bell (in full Poppins costume) explains in the satirical Funny or Die video released Thursday. “You get your paycheck, and snap: federal and state income tax, Medicare and social security...why, you’re living below the poverty line.”

The federal minimum wage rounds out at $7.25 per hour—that has held steady since 2009. President Barack Obama called for raising the rate to $10.10 in his State of the Union address, and while some states have, in recent months, hiked their hourly wage, the federal wage has gone unchanged.

An April vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 failed in the Senate in the face of major Republican opposition—pretty interesting given that in a recent poll, 69 percent of the GOP felt it wouldn’t be feasible to live off the current minimum wage.

This conversation comes at a time when, according to RT, the wealth accumulated by the world’s 85 billionaires is equal to that of the world’s 3.5 billion poorest people. Yikes.

Also important to note: Although minimum wage in the United States has gone unchanged since 2009, census reports show that the poverty level has undergone a “statistically significant” increase since then—from 13.2 percent in 2008 to 15 percent by the end of 2011.

That contrast is taking a toll on the likes of Mary Poppins. “Just a three-dollar increase can make a living wage,” Bell croons to the tune of “A Spoonful of Sugar.”

Especially because she doesn’t get those whistling birds for free.