What does that bloody fox say?
It’s Friday, Friday, and what better day to charge the guilty suspects responsible for YouTube sensation songs which use a silly idea, ghastly lyrics and an annoyingly catchy tune to become famous – over 100 million views famous.
Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
It’s a question a lot of people have been wondering, apparently – what noises do foxes make? The Norwegian comedy duo of Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker (yes, they’re brothers) are Ylvis, the culprits responsible for this painful guilty pleasure. We all know that dogs go woof and cats go meow, but according to Ylvis, foxes make a high-pitched ringing sound that cannot possibly be described in words.
People were less harsh on Ylvis because this “song” was created as a joke. They are a comedy duo, after all. However, they cannot be totally forgiven for this apology for music.
Rebecca Black – Friday
Miss Black was probably the instigator of the “Let’s make annoying poppy songs and put them on YouTube!” trend. With lyrical curiosities including “Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal”, one is left to wonder what actually goes on in the minds of pre-pubescent girls, especially when you consider the biggest challenge she faces in the song is which seat to take in a car (probably illegally driven by a tween).
Since uploading the video in 2011, she has faced enormous backlash from social media users who criticised her music. The video still receives harsh, trolling comments including “Fuck you Fuck you Rebecca Black You So Gay” and “You can’t dance for shit”.
PSY – Gangnam Style
Korean pop sensation PSY rose to dizzy heights after the release of Gangnam Style which combined the important elements of “popular YouTube song” with its own catchy dance named – gasp – the Gangnam Style. Soon the world found itself crossing its collective arms and galloping like a horse in the paddock while shouting “Hey sexy lady!”
PSY’s reception was more favourable than Rebecca Black’s, but YouTubers alike still found his efforts at creating art annoying. Comments including “Why won’t this song die already” suggest that the Gangnam Style trend is fading. At least PSY wasn’t a one-hit-wonder, though his later release Gentleman didn’t reach the same heights as his debut single.
Alison Gold – Chinese Food
Uploaded on October 15, this video has already reached a whopping 7 million views. The concept? Chinese food! Alison Gold, a seemingly bratty tween girl, claims she is hungry after “clubbing” despite being way too young to even be eligible for a sleepover club. Because she is hungry, she declares her love for Chinese food – fried rice, noodles and chow-mo-mo-mo-mo-mein.
While Rebecca Black didn’t cause harm, some people have complained that Chinese Food’s meaning is a tiny bit racist. Comments including “Wtf is this? So stupid, is it funny to mock Asian people?” – combined with the overwhelming number of dislikes the video has attracted – suggest Alison Gold should probably keep her love for Chinese food to herself.
A polite request to anyone dying to get famous – please do not follow in the footsteps of these people. Our ears have had enough. – Noah La’ulu
Screenshots from clips posted on YouTube.