International YouTube Skate Cyber Haterz

This is one of the best little YouTube community dramas that I’ve ever seen.

I’m going to try and tell the story as best I can, but I’m sure I’m not going to do it justice…

It all starts with popininmyhood posting this video entitled Quadruple Kickflip.

It’s one of those videos where something ‘scary’ happens unexpectedly, sorry if you hadn’t read this and it shocked you.

By giving the video the title ‘Quadruple Kickflip’ popininmyhood has managed to rack up over 2.5 million views of this clip. But what he’s also done is really piss off a load of people who thought that they were going to see some kid pull of an impossible skate trick (at least I’m pretty sure it’s impossible under normal conditions).

The clip has got 80 video responses. And they’re almost universally handing out really severe abuse to popininmyhood. Now I’m not one to condone abuse of anyone or anything, but some of this stuff is oddly entertaining. Some of it is funny just because the haterz are complete dweebs. Other times their responses have got something quite special about them. I’ve pulled out the most interesting ones I could find.

This dude is angry (and he uses swearwords – bad swearwords) – but he’s also pretty comfortable in front of the camera:

The art of the parody is not lost on the young:

This shows a use of mixed media hating and a Perez Hilton style overlay:

I’ve got no idea what Hugh Jackman has done to upset this dude with the big hair. But he’s really upset, so much so that he’s wishing death on things:

I don’t like the start of this kids clip, but I think his response gets pretty fair and measured towards the end:

What can we learn from this:

  1. Don’t fish people in with juicy worms and then trick them
  2. Kids are really horrible
  3. Kids are very sophisticated in terms of producing their horribleness
  4. Horribleness is international
  5. Dudes in wigs hate Hugh Jackman
  6. YouTube is a kind of community

6 thoughts on “International YouTube Skate Cyber Haterz”

  1. It would seem these chaps have got their definition of “gay” from the South Park illustrated dictionary…

  2. I don’t know why people even bother with YouTube comments… Imagine if you had to listen to every bitchy comment people made to their TV?

    lame.

  3. I like it when YouTube turns into a conversation – like Scientologists vs. “Anonymous” will hopefully shape up to be.

    However, I don’t think YouTube is well designed for it. It’s really hard to trace conversation threads if there’s any more than one to-and-fro. So maybe that’s why conversations are limited to:

    “Argh!”

    “Gay.”

    If YouTube let me trace little battles easier, and stopped trying to get me to watch related clips that aren’t really related (does anyone use those??) then I’d use it more. Probably.

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