Can you string spaghetti from your nose to your mouth? Do you have a talking cat or “dramatic” prairie dog? Are you a mediocre actress looking for a platform to fool millions? Are you emo, or do you have an emo Elmo? Well, welcome to fame and celebrity, 21st century style!
You Tube and other online video service providers have democratized multimedia, and with democracy comes some zany characters that would have never made it to stardom twenty years ago! Click on the You Tube video links for some seriously bizarre entertainment.
AKA, the Brittney Spears whiner. I mean, this kid practically wets his pants as he outright begs and screams at the world to leave the pop music diva alone. The video, to date, has over 23 million, yes MILLION hits! If you can stand more than ten seconds of this pointless drivel, you may want to check out some of his other videos, from Chris dressed in a bridal dress, to talking about his online TV show, to his self-help video about depression. Chris Crocker has also given birth to a lot of “Chris Crocker Haters”, people who are probably even bigger losers by getting worked up about the Spear-lover. Ironically, Chris has favorited all the haters vlogs, making me think he enjoys his infamy while pulling out his own fingernails.
The Original Numa Numa
Before the t-shirts, South Park cameo, and worldwide Numa Numa dance fame, there was this guy who apparently just wanted to share his love of the Numa Numa song with the world. I think the original is so much better than the polished version (where the Numa Numa guy has back-up dancers), maybe because he is obviously just having a ball and doesn’t care about how dorky he looks. I love the guy.
Coordinated dancing on treadmills by four Swedish guys dressed in a variety of oddly matching hot pink and gray clothing ensembles is Monty-Pythonesque with serious performers acting, well, outright silly, matched with the not-always-perfect choreography. Ok-Go’s music video has 41 million hits, and has birthed all kinds of copycats, from high schoolers to hacks. You can actually check out their band music site at okgo.net .
The Sneezing Panda
Yes, this is a You Tube video about a sneezing panda bear. 25 million hits, and I think that’s enough said.
Begins the saga of Chad Vader, Darth’s lesser known brother and the dayshift manager of a grocery store. Chad is quite adult about his brother’s fame, and although he has a tendency to overreact, the maladapted Sith really is quite tame and a pushover, and, like many other U2B stars, is available on DVD and has his own t-shirt. Check out Chad Vader’s suave moves with Obama Girl here.
With 67 million hits watching the baby wonder giggle uproariously (giving birth to way too many cute babies heckling online), I am hoping that his parents are saving up for the psych bills that will come once the kid hits his teens.
Philippino Prison Inmates
Perhaps U.S. prisons should take some advice from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines. Fifteen hundred prisoners reenact the entire Michael Jackson Thriller music video, complete with a cross-dressing felon, orange-jumpsuit-clad zombies, and a slightly more disturbing You Tube ending more apropo to prison life, I suppose.
Baby Got Back Wedding Couple
It looks like a normal wedding reception video, bride and groom dancing away to some sleepy music, when, what..? A split second and a record scratch later, and the happy couple is bouncing away to “Baby Got Back!”
Barely Political.com got the formula right – create a catchy song sung by a steamy Amber Lee Ettinger about larger than life political candidate Barack Obama. Although the new president-elect Obama has yet to meet with his number one fan, both Ralph Nader and Chad Vader have met with Obama Girl, political satirist turned singing superstar.
The Mentos Guy
Yep, not only did the guy get nine million hits for posting a You Tube video about his stomach exploding because of Mentos and Diet Coke, he then got even more hits with a more graphic video where his stomach actually does seem to explode (or more like red paint is strategically splattered on the garage as he falls over in pain).