Jimmy Kimmel's Viral Video Gag

Friday, September 13, 2013


(Jimmy Kimmel Show)

This week, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that he had faked a viral video that has racked up over 12 million views. Producers and hosts of TLDR, PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman have been arguing all week about whether this falsehood represents some kind of betrayal of its viewers. So they decided to hash the argument out on the air.

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Hosted by:

Bob Garfield


Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt

Comments [5]

fred from usa

Its a good lesson, always be skeptical.

Just look at Anita Sarkeesian of tropes vs video games fame.
Most recently she was exposed by this 2010 video clip of her lecturing a class at a college, clearly stating that she is "not a fan of video games", and when speaking about violent video games, her response includes the girliest "iew gross" you could imagine from her. She's clearly not the life long gamer as she's been saying to the press all this time, so yea, be skeptical, there are frauds all around us.

Btw it isn't just that she isn't a fan, her videos have been debunked across youtube and she has been found to have stolen "lets play" footage from other youtubers for her own videos. Add to that the information from http://anongamer.tumblr.com/ about her past in telemarketing/pyramid schemes, and you can see, the main stream press didn't do their homework on her. She manipulated them and got exactly what she wanted, even the claims of trolling were a case of her closing all comments until she opened up just enough to hand pick a few for her purposes.

Sep. 21 2013 03:49 AM
Andrew Shepard from WNYC

A few months ago Kimmel presented one of his on-air “contests” between people he said were ordinary viewers using Skype from widely separated locations. (For instance, two “contestants” are asked to race be the first to put on the goofiest costume that they can find.) On this occasion, an accident occurred when one of the individuals had a bookcase fall on him. For an uncomfortable period (about a minute of dead air, as I remember) there was no movement on half of the screen, while Kimmel nervously implored the “contestant” to get up. No one was available to rescue him – except the other “contestant”, who was supposed to be thousands of miles away at a different college. Finally, the supposedly distant person appeared in the room of the man who had had the bookcase fall on him. Assuming that teleportation had not occurred, it was a fraud – but Kimmel did not even attempt to feign having faked the accident, knowing that it would still not have been considered funny after a tense minute of dead air.

My guess is that he then searched for a way to regain credibility and settled on a much more spectacular fake accident that could indeed be considered funny. It just got a little out of control once it went viral -- but to Kimmel's benefit.

The barrier between the comic and the con artist has become porous, as Carson, and then his disciple Letterman, and now his disciple Kimmel have all demonstrated. And in our culture of dishonesty, this latest minor example of that fact changes the situation … not at all.

Sep. 17 2013 04:35 PM
Alison Dalton Smith from New York

I'm surprised that Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt are upset about being duped by an edited internet video.

As a kid growing up with MS DOS and dial up internet connections, I quickly learned that all content, no matter what platform it appears on, needs to be taken with a grain of salt and eye for scrutiny.

I don't think there is any reason to believe that early internet content had more integrity than today. One of the reasons I look forward to OTM each week is to hear intelligent people discuss the merits of current media coverage with a healthy dose of scrutiny.


Sep. 16 2013 01:30 PM
Christie Goodman from San Antonio, TX US

I was happy to hear about the new TLDR podcast/blog by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. It's sure to be a hit. Yet the clip you played this week regarding the Jimmy Kimmel Twerk Fail made me wonder, Are they just now realizing that you can't believe everything you see on the internet? Perhaps my GenX colors are showing, but, seriously?

Sep. 16 2013 12:01 PM
Obie Vasquez from Stago, Panama.

Jimmy Kimmel's video is an outreage way of shocking peoples view of reality,it is not a joke, is an insult to viewer sense of reality.

Sep. 14 2013 03:34 PM

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