It may not be the latest music video, but it’s latest internet craze. It’s called “Rick Rolling” and it’s pretty clever if you ask me. How does it work? Someone sends a link to a website, video, etc. to an unsuspecting friend. They click on it and are taken to a website and shown the music video for the 1988 Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Apparently over fifteen million people worldwide have been Rick Rolled and it’s the most viral internet video of all time to date. I was Rick Rolled a month or so ago by fellow blogger Kamen after reading his blog post on it.
If you go to the website yougotrickrolled.com and click on “Videos,” you’ll see all the funny ways people have been tricked. The funniest? A basketball game is Rick Rolled with an appearance by Rick Astley himself! Sorta! The largest? The Mets game, opening day. The strangest? At a Scientology protest. All these videos and more are on that page.
This has been going on a while now, but the whole thing got a lot bigger when YouTube redirected every video on the site to “Never Gonna Give You Up” on April Fool’s Day.
It’s amazing to me that this guy, with the sunglasses he wore and moves he had in this music video, was once considered trendy and cool. But times change. I mean I think it’s so cheesy it’s awesome. And plus I don’t dance much better. Seriously I’m not kidding. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about, too! This music video came out the same year I was born.
I now have only one question remaining: What in the heck is this guy doing below? He’s the bartender in the music video. Too funny.