'Twerk Fail' viral video was prank by late night TV host

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 8:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 8:36 AM

By now you probably have seen the viral video of the worst twerk fail ever, when a girl in a handstand twerking in a video for her boyfriend fell backwards, shattered a table and caught her pants on fire.

Within a few days the video logged over nine million youtube views.  It was a-mazing.

It was also staged.  

Jimmy Kimmel revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night that his crew shot that scene a few months ago with a professional stuntwoman.  They just uploaded it to the web last week to see how quickly it would blow up.  Or as he told his viewers the “internet conspiracy theorists” who claimed the video looked like the incident was staged were right. Here's a link to Kimmel's "unedited" version on YouTube.

He then shows clips of legitimate news stations airing it as if it was true, that the girl was just a victim of bad twerking.  Miley Cyrus even got dragged into many stories.

He got us all.

Well played Jimmy!  One of the greatest new media pranks of all time. 

If you still haven't seen the original video, take a look below:

4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

John Legend is NOT taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to America’s new commander in chief. 

Nope. 

The Springfield native has seen enough when it comes to President Donald Trump. 

(Legend actually saw enough before Trump was elected.)

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The Grammy and Oscar-winning singer who will play Frederick Douglass in the season of WGA’s America’s “Underground” let loose on Trump as part of a Q&A with the “New York Times Magazine” linked here.

Below are few of the most devastating lines. 

On whether Trump was thinking about him when the president made comments about Frederick Douglass being someone who has done an amazing job:

“I don’t think that Trump has read a book in his adult life, or that he knows anything about American history, black history, any history.”

“I don’t think he knows what’s in the Constitution. I don’t think he knows anything about Civil War history, or just about any kind of history. We can’t expect him to know much of anything.”

On whether his last album would have been different if he had started making it today:

“I think there’d probably be more anger as opposed to doubt.”

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On whether he hopes his work will make his conservative fans think differently:

“I think a lot of people are staying in their own bubbles and only hearing things that reinforce what they already believe.... Maybe when Trump takes away Obamacare, and they realize that it was the Affordable Care Act that they were using to get affordable health coverage — that might teach them, more than listening to a John Legend song.”

On art that had affected him politically (Legend mentioned works on humanity and authority by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, and a class he took on the book “Obedience to Authority,” which discusses why Germans followed Hitler’s orders during WWII):  

I took those classes 20 years ago, but I’ve been thinking about that a lot when I think about how we’re reacting to Donald Trump right now.

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:41 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:41 PM


            2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this:

You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture.

Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech.

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Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture -- in easily digestible two-sentence summaries:

"Manchester By the Sea"

This is a film where the least devastating plot line is that a miserable handyman, Lee, has to go home to plan his brother's funeral and take care of his equally miserable teenage nephew. We won't spoil the rest, but we are not sure we will ever recover from the ridiculously depressing reveal of Lee's past (and yet, the whole thing is kind of beautiful).

"Arrival"

Apparently, aliens are actually interested in saving humankind -- if we learn to talk to them. A linguistics professor (Amy Adams) is called in to attempt to communicate with shadowy, ink-dispensing giant squid monsters after they land their spacecrafts on Earth -- and all it really takes is a teeny, human-sized whiteboard.  

"Hidden Figures"

A group of lady geniuses are really the human computers quietly running NASA behind the scenes and simultaneously nailing 60s fashion -- all while putting up with rampant sexism and racism with utter class. In other words, two hours and seven minutes of gloriously nerdy girl power wrapped in a powerful story about the quiet civil-rights heroines who, thankfully, are hidden no more.

"La La Land"

This is a musical -- where, natch, characters do very old-school, romantic musically things like traipsing around L.A. and breaking into random song and dance like no one is watching. But really, the true love story here is that Hollywood is deeply, unabashedly in love with itself.

"Fences"

Denzel Washington is just super, super mean to his son and goddess of a wife Viola Davis for the entire (2+ hour) movie because he's still mad at the world about the end of his baseball career. His son isn't having it, but alas, Davis' character loves him anyway and puts up with all of his nonsense, and we're cool with that, because TBH, the world just needs every second of Davis/Washington screentime it can get.

"Hacksaw Ridge"

This is the incredible true story of a soldier-turned-conscientious objector who managed to save 75 men during WWII without ever firing a single shot. Or -- that movie where Mel Gibson finally managed to get back into Hollywood's good graces after years of exile.

"Lion"

This true story is proof that Google Maps is literally everywhere and can find anyone and anything. A lost child in India who got adopted as a child by an Australian couple grows up to be the seriously good-looking Dev Patel and uses “the Google” to try to find his birth parents, thanks Google, did we mention Google? Google.

"Moonlight"

If this heart-wrenching coming-of-age film doesn't make you cry (like, a lot) then you are not a real human person. A gay man struggles through 3 different phases in his life while dealing with drugs, his sexuality and his emotionally abusive, drug-addicted mother.

"Hell or High Water"

A modern-day western Robin Hood with some pretty epic 'stashes and Jeff Bridges playing the grizzled Texas Ranger he was always meant to be. Two brothers who are about to get their home foreclosed on ingeniously rob the same banks they owe and use the spoils to pay them back.

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'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:04 PM


            'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.  

This time, it's for T-shirts. 

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The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt.

The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically offensive" and "racist."

The problem? The phrase "eeny meeny miny moe," which in the show is followed by the line, "catch a tiger by his toe." However, some historical versions of the rhyme include a racial slur instead of the word "tiger," which sparked the complaint, according to the Huffington Post. 

The phrase is said by Negan, a character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the show. EW reported Morgan responded with a tweet, saying, "people are stupid."

BBC News reported that the retailer said it removed the product.

Primark apoligized in a statement:

The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, "The Walking Dead," and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. Any offense caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this.

McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:51 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:51 PM


            McDonald’s giving away high-tech limited edition straws at select locations

McDonald’s USA announced Feb. 15 that they would be giving away some super high-tech limited edition straws for customers who purchase a chocolate Shamrock Shake.

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The "probably-more-revolutionary-than-actually-needed" Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal -- or STRAW --was designed by San Francisco-bases design studio JACE and Massachusetts-based NK Labs.

According to Forbes, the high-tech straw is meant to deliver an ideal flavor ratio of 50 percent chocolate and 50 percent mint in each sip of the Shamrock Shake.

The restaurant posted a spoof video promoting the item and the new chocolate Shamrock Shake on its YouTube channel Feb. 16.

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Select locations worldwide will be giving them away starting Feb. 24, at select locations including restaurants in Georgia, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Pennsylvania in the United States. Those not near those locations can follow McDonald’s on Facebook or their local resturant on Twitter for a chance to win a straw.

The full list of locations, dates and times is located at the McDonald's website.