This video sure was hilarious, but the story behind the video is actually pretty sad. Apparently in June 2016, a bunch of Aussies went on a boar hunting trip because it was the dying wish of one of their buddies, Kailem Barwick. After getting the footage, they sold it to a YouTube channel who published it six months later. Unfortunately, Barwick had succumbed to his cancer that month -- the poor guy died mere days before his final wish went viral. His only solace is that he got to witness this in person.
Barwick is third from left, standing next to the legend himself.
As for the puncher, he was actually a freakin' zookeeper. Not sure if they have to take some kind of oath upon employment, but I would imagine at least two of the ethics points involve not punching the animals in the goddamn face.
The Creator Of Prancercise Is Ridiculously Paranoid About The World Stealing Her Idea
It all started with Joanna Rohrback's Youtube video. In it, she demonstrates how to Prancercise, a sort of equestrian-like jogging that is about to take the world by storm. It looked ridiculous. Blend in some cheesy rock chords sprinkled with prominent camel toe and you've got a one-way ticket to viral town.
"BRUTALITY NOW BECOMES MY APPETITE,
VIOLENCE IS NOW A WAY OF LIFE,
THE SLEDGE MY TOOL TO TORTURE,
AS IT POUNDS DOWN ON YOUR FOREHEAD."
Prancercise taking off became a blessing and a curse for Rohrback. While she spent the the better part of the last few decades trying to find success with Prancercise, she couldn't help but think the world was out to steal her brilliant idea.
In a write-up in the Miami New Times, Rohrback insisted that the trademark symbol be used after every mention of Prancercise (legal disclaimer: just pretend they're in this article too, I'm not doing that crap). When a British TV show came to town, she wouldn't even explain her various prance movements on camera, which include gems such as "The Prancewalk," "The Prancegallop," and "The Prancetrot." Because no one could possibly figure out the secret to galloping around like a horse with two broken legs from the YouTube video.
In her mind, an army of Chinese copyright infringers are breaking this video down frame-by-frame as we speak.
Her friend told the paper that "[Rohrback] was always worried about people stealing it ... She had the keys to the Hilton Gym [on Hallandale Boulevard] and only came in early and late." Though, would seeing a 60-year-old woman trot around like a lunatic even turn heads in Florida? When she decided to write a book, Rohrback hired a photographer on Craigslist (as you do). During the meeting (in a public Dunkin' Donuts), she made him sign documentation saying he wouldn't steal the idea. He signed it, despite feeling, in his words, "dumbfounded" at how strict she was being. But hey, when you're a Craigslist photographer, a gig's a gig. She even believed the bad reviews on Amazon were the work of jealous competitors, like Zumba and Jazzercise, as if they actually saw her as a threat.
This appears to all stem from the fact that she wasn't quite in on the joke. For example, John Mayer was such a fan he made her the star of his music video for "Paper Doll." After it was released she claimed she was "unhappy" with how it was edited, which is an amazing statement given that the entire video is her Prancercising for four uninterrupted minutes in one long cut. One time she was invited to judge a drunken Prancercise competition at a casino, which was only disappointing because no one had the balls to explain to her that the whole world just thought her dance was silly.
Yes, Joanna. John Mayer, the world-famous singer-songwriter, definitely wrote this about you.
But alas, her paranoia stems even further back -- decades back in fact, when she first had her "Eureka!" moment and came up with the routine. This was a great, historic achievement that just needed 20 more years to ferment. But how would she keep all those leeches from taking her idea until then, pre-YouTube?
Why, you just file that shit in the Library Of Congress, apparently.
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