Douche of the Day: Either Me, Youtube, the internet, or the “Leave Britney Alone” guy

Maybe this is more of a “Behind-The-Times Times” bit, but I was watching a video about the WGA strike, and they’re talking about the internet and as a joke they flash a moment from the “leave Britney alone” video. I realized at that moment that I had missed this whole event, that was the first I’d actually seen of the famous video. I’m not sure was I was doing, I think I was not receiveing email forwards at temp job at Arthur Anderson, so I missed it. All I caught was the response to the “leave Britney alone” video, song parodies, jokes, and lots and lots of references to the video we all know and love, except I didn’t know it.

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Maybe this is more of a “Behind-The-Times Times” bit, but I was watching a video about the WGA strike, and they’re talking about the internet and as a joke they flash a moment from the “leave Britney alone” video. I realized at that moment that I had missed this whole event, that was the first I’d actually seen of the famous video. I’m not sure was I was doing, I think I was not receiveing email forwards at temp job at Arthur Anderson, so I missed it. All I caught was the response to the “leave Britney alone” video, song parodies, jokes, and lots and lots of references to the video we all know and love, except I didn’t know it. So I decided I would catch myself up on what this event was all about. I realized this is a very weird way to approach a viral video, because viral is 10% content and 90% something else. First of all, when I entered “leave britney alone” I got 800 skibizagajillion videos, and only one of them is the actual video. The rest are garbagemen and Seth Green imitating the guy. I think ultimately we as a society will move past actual events and just skip forward to analysis of things that didn’t happen, but came to existence in our reminiscing and parodying of them.
Anyway, so I did find the video and had my “that’s it?” moment. I looked up a little more info to make sure I hadn’t missed some bigger picture, like perhaps this was the end of 2001, but I hadn’t. That is it – 10/90. I think they guy’s got a sitcom deal or something, because he’s so obviously talented. But that’s it. Just a guy emotionally telling whoever’s watching to do something in regards to a current pop star’s current situtation – that, understood via secondhand reference, is really really douchey, I think all involved including myself, suck.

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