By Hike Merold
You never know what the next viral hit is going to be. Maybe it’ll be a singing hippo, or perhaps a swordfighting otter.
Or maybe, just maybe, it’ll be a TCNJ student attempting to recreate a viral video that’s already a hit and accidentally making a new one.
Gob Bluth, a junior illusionism major at the College, was attempting to begin a Harlem Shake video on campus this past Saturday.
While he was filming, obviously wearing his horse head, the lion statue next to Roscoe Hall attacked him from behind and sent him sprawling and crushing his horse head beyond repair.
“I was just minding my own business, doing hip thrusts to the music in my head,” said Bluth, who was not injured in the incident. “That lion came out of nowhere …or at least I couldn’t see it.”
Now, since Bluth was recording at the time, the camera caught the whole thing. Luckily, it was his friend’s camera — luckily for everyone else, that is.
“I was filming his stupid video for him, and when the lion ran him over … I couldn’t help it, I tore up laughing,” said junior private investigation major Gene Parmesan, the cameraman.
Neither could anyone else, apparently. Parmesan posted the video immediately after the incident took place, and by Sunday morning it had gone viral.
“That video is awesome!” said senior film major Devon Woodcomb. “I’ve watched it like 20 times, it’s an instant classic.”
The video, appropriately titled “Idiot Harlem Shaker gets Mauled,” has already reached 234 million hits on YouTube, and was featured Monday morning on several news shows.
Naturally, this has some people more excited than others.
“I don’t like it at all,” Bluth said . “I don’t see how it’s funny.”
When asked if he regrets allowing Parmesan (whom Bluth has now sworn revenge upon) to help him record his original video, Bluth would only say “I’ve made a huge mistake” repeatedly.
Bluth’s hurt feelings and embarrassment aside, the video’s success can only spell good things for the college community.
Already students have taken to taking pictures alongside the lion statue that is featured prominently in the video and various media outlets have sent reporters to campus, in case something else particularly interesting happens.
As for where the star of the video will go from here, he does have some plans for the future.
“Well, first I’m going to bury the horse head,” Bluth said. “I had a lot of fun with that costume. Then I’m hoping to start my magic career. Think people will believe me when I say that the whole video was just an illusion?”
I think I speak for everyone who’s seen the video by saying no, we’re not buying that trick.
Bluth’s lawyers, after seeing the wide-spread impact of the video, have dropped his case against the school and are now suing him for “making us look bad.” We’ll have more as the story develops.