Was "Worst Twerk Fail EVER" A Betrayal of Wonder and All That is Good In the World?
Friday, September 13, 2013 - 12:42 PM
This week we learned that Worst Twerk Fail EVER, the viral clip that had captured the hearts and minds of America was in fact a hoax.
When the clip began circulating this month, people loved it. It purported, after all, to show a woman twerking and accidentally setting her butt on fire.
People loved it as a window onto a moment of humiliation and real-life slapstick. The only problem? It was all a ruse, staged by Jimmy Kimmel, using a professional stuntwoman. He confessed this week after the video had accrued over ten million views.
Alex Goldman and I had weeklong argument about this hoax. Alex felt it was a betrayal of something that's supposed to be great about the internet -- that it's a place to find genuinely strange moments of human life. I felt like it was dumb America's Funniest Home Video denominator from its outset and didn't really mind that it was not real.
Anyhow. Our conversation is here. Starting now, we'll be doing short TLDR podcasts. We're thinking of this one as episode zero. Starting next week, you'll be able to subscribe to get episodes delivered to your device of choice. If you like it, please let us know in the comments or follow us on Twitter. If you hate it, please let us know on the comments, or follow us on Twitter.