you can't stand under our umbrella
Thanks to Tosh.0 for bringing my attention to the Epic Beard Man viral video. It’s pretty disturbing, so I won’t embed it here, but you can view it at this link. Basically, a drunk black dude and a racist bearded white idiot exchange words on a transit bus in Oakland, CA, which then escalates into the white guy beating the tar out of the black guy, leaving blood all over the seats and the black guy asking for an ambulance, only he pronounces it “amberlamps”. Apparently this video has created quite a stir, the men involved in the fight have done interviews, and people have done a ton of video mash-ups using it. My favorite by far is this one, which incorporates the video into the video for Ram Jam’s Black Betty. It makes me laugh every time.
As disturbing as it is that this has become such a phenomenon (I mean, can you imagine being on the bus on the way home from work and witnessing something like this?), at least we’re getting some fine entertainment out of it.
The penny prank commercials OfficeMax has been playing are their attempt at cashing in (har har) on the YouTube generation I guess. It’s what happens when a bunch of adults get together and try to make a viral video (it’s viral!). Oh– I know– these hidden camera techniques are likely not legit. I’m sure that the “businesses” are actually actors also and the whole thing is staged.
I’m kind of hoping that some group like Improv Everywhere will organize a mass invasion of OfficeMax stores and go in and pay for everything with pennies. Maybe they can bring a whole truckload like this jag.
OfficeMax states, “We’ll take your pennies!”. So here’s a challenge to you Songspeak readers: Go ahead, gather your pennies and go buy some shit at OfficeMax. Tell us how annoyed they get. Record it. Maybe we’ll post your hidden camera footage.
Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. made a “viral video” for the 2008 MTV Movie Awards to promote their upcoming movie, Tropic Thunder. I didn’t see the awards this year (which were somewhat close to a massive fire at universal studios), but I’m generally of the opinion that the best part of these types shows are these short sequences anyhow, so I don’t feel like I missed much since they’re on the internets.
As Scott Brodeur says on his BlogBeat post about this video, There is no more surefire punchline than the crotchkick. Tropic Thunder isn’t opening until August sometime, but I’m kind of psyched to see it.