I don’t get Rickrolling.

Before we begin, here’s a funny video of George Bush getting hit in the nuts by a kid with a whiffle bat.

A-ha-ha-ha! Gotcha didn’t I? That didn’t lead to something funny at all, did it? No! It led to a Rick Astley video! Get it?! You’ve just been RICKROLLED, sucka!

With that out of the way, this prank’s been going around on-line for two years now and it still doesn’t make any sense to me. What’s the joke here? The song is catchy, and Rick’s got better moves than most people who click his links. Is it because kids can’t wrap their heads around campy 80’s music? Is it because they want to trick their friends into watching a gay guy dance?

No matter the reason, there’s a million more traumatizing 80’s videos you could trick your friends into watching. You want to freak them out with dancing gay guys? There’s always Culture Club or Scissor Sisters. Or inject them with something completely stupid? That’s what Hasselhoff and Chacarron are for. You won’t believe how many videos like this I found just researching this blog. Rick Astley’s got nothing on these people.

Going back to the prank, what happened to the good old days when clicking links used to trick you in seeing disgusting stuff, like Goatse and Tubgirl? Rick Astley seems like a serious step backwards. It has to be the lamest viral thing the internet has ever cooked up. If we were aiming at a more dumbed down version of the prank, shouldn’t it still be something weird and disgusting, but on more of a PG level? Like this delightful video of people playing cat hockey?

If you clicked that last link, you’ve just been Midget-Tranny-Amy-Winehouse-Roll’d! Doesn’t roll off the tongue as well, but it’s still more effective.

I’ll let you go with this clip from Family Guy.

FYI, Rick Astley’s straight. Cut the guy a break. It was the 80’s.

May 24 2008 01:27 pm | Killing Time, Music Videos, Pop Culture, Videos

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