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"Everybody Wants It All" is a video-chat-style short film directed by Tony Katai starring Mars Argo. It was filmed in October of 2013 for an art event in Detroit and later uploaded to Tony's Vimeo account on February 19th, 2015. It was then posted to his YouTube account on November 8th, 2016, as part of the Poppy ARG with the pinned comment by Katai "public statement: if you are watching this don't hate yourself" against Argo's wishes and mostly a jab at her.

Background

The video's length has been a recurring symbol for Poppy since 2016, with "3:36" and variations appearing in various places of her work with Titanic Sinclair. After the video's November 2016 release on YouTube, Argo asked Katai to take it down, and when she got no response decided to strike the video down from Katai's YouTube channel, along with 2015's "Amanita", in an effort to cut association with Poppy and Sinclair. However, many fans and Katai himself have re-uploaded the two videos since. In 2017 a trimmed down version to 2:16 was made public.

Synopsis

The clip, shortened to a length of three minutes and thirty-six seconds, focuses on Argo, who is talking to an unknown person through a webcam. At one point, she puts a gun to her own head, shortly before coughing up dark blood. The video is edited to appear in low quality, with occasional lag and quality changes. The music that plays during the first ten seconds of the video was originally theorized to be the unreleased Johnny K remix of "Beauty Is Empty", but Katai himself later clarified that it is a beat produced by himself which has nothing to do with the aforementioned song.

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Transcript

[Mars Argo]

Are you there? Hey, can you hear me? There you are. I'm really happy that we get to have these talks. I feel like, I don't really have anyone else to talk to, I mean, my cat, my goldfish. And my goldfish isn't really feeling that well right now, it's all that lady's fault. Well, I was thinking today, when I was looking at the goldfish that, I don't know. I guess I was just thinking about a lot of things. I don't know if any of them really make any sense, I mean, what's the point of all this anyway, right? This is kinda fun! It's funny, right? Playing games. Gum, gun, gum, gun. It's all a big joke, right? Sometimes... sometimes, I just throw up blood. It wasn't your fault, it wasn't anybody's fault, I just wanted it all. Everybody just wants it all, right? Everybody just wants it all.

[Katai, reversed]

You cannot be distracted by the illusion you've created. If you want it all, you cannot be distracted by the illusion you've created.
Only when the mind is silent, you can see clear enough to enjoy your life and forget about your desires.
Your desires are irrelevant.

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