Video Parody Craze May Creep Into Brevard
By Space Coast Daily // May 21, 2012
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BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – With spring football wrapping up Friday on the Space Coast and a new season just a few months away, the big question is how many Brevard teams will hop on the bandwagon to make a video parody of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” tune?
Online lip-synching parodies of the song have been flooding You Tube for several months after Harvard University’s baseball squad posted a choreographed pump-dance video of the team filmed riding in a van on way to a game.
Other college and prep sports teams then followed with their own wild and humorous parodies of “Call Me Maybe.”
All the attention has driven the song to the No. 1 position currently on the iTunes songs chart.
Jepsen, a Canadian singer, told MTV she is flattered by the parodies and finds them amusing, especially the one done by the Harvard baseball team.
“I saw the fist-pump, it was so cute. It was funny because every chorus, they added a new element,” Jepsen told MTV. “I was like, they really planned this out. This is so fantastic. It’s so cool that it’s sort of sparked this online thing. It’s really neat.”
A review of You Tube shows no fewer than 480 parodies of the song, many by celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and a host of college and high school sports teams across America.
The Harvard baseball team video has garned more than 8 million views on You Tube and landed the team an interview on NBC’s Today show talking about their parody with Matt Lauer.
So will there be any video parodies of “Call me Maybe” posted by Brevard County prep teams in the future? Stay tuned.