|NOTE: The original post/video to which I’m responding to is located at this link.|
“What the hell does a girl “twerking” and catching on fire have to do with this class?” I had heard earlier today that this video was staged, but didn’t have time to watch the video where the hoax was revealed. What I discovered after watching it was that not only was this video comically very funny, but it was a really sly, clever social commentary on our society today.
“Good thing nothing is happening in Syria right now”
This comment by Jimmy Kimmel was probably missed by most people; possibly by their laughter or the audiences rousing applause over the top of him speaking. But that comment was the phrase that turned this entire situation from a simple comical hoax to a brilliant criticism our how disconnected we are in a “connected” world. His comment came directly after a 60 second montage of news stations (both local and national) covering the story of the girl whose yoga pants caught on fire.
Was this social criticism intentional? I doubt it; at least initially. Kimmel himself says that he posted the video almost 2 months ago. Yes, Syria was happening then, but it hadn’t really escalated to the level it stands currently. The way his comment was quipped seemed very off the cuff; almost like he didn’t know the weight his words would carry.
But then again, maybe that’s what he wanted to happen all along.