There’s a certain amount of, I don’t want to say surprise, let’s say chance on the Internet that doesn’t exist in other mediums. When you’re reading a book, the book keeps being the book you decided to read from beginning to end. There might be some pretty intense twists and turns that you never saw coming, but overall it’s the book. The same thing goes for watching movies, listening to albums, reading newspapers, going to plays, etc. There’s a consistency that the Internet lacks. Because when you log onto the Internet you’re never really sure what you’re going to end up seeing, you know? One day you read a Buzz Bissinger story about being a Human Ponytail, and the next day you watch a compilation of the week’s best Trampoline FAILs. This, of course, is its own frenetic tone, its own consistency through inconsistency. And I will remind you that I didn’t say surprise, because at this point the Internet has certainly carved out its own niche where you expect a certain amount of human pain and suffering to be mixed in among the cats. But so when it’s Monday morning and one of the first things you see is a video titled “Mary Sings ‘Fool on the Hill’” there’s nothing to do but say ah yes, of course, the Internet, what did I expect?

Ah yes, of course, the Internet, what did I expect? (Thanks for the tip, Merrill.)

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  1. Mary. Mary! Shhhh. Stop singing and don’t panic. Ok. Just look into my eyes and know we’re going to get through this. OK? Do I have your trust? OK. take a deep breath and don’t freak, but you have a man-eating leopard on your head.

  2. except for Choose Your Own Adventure books

  3. I like to giggle insanely at bizarre people doing bizarre things just as much as the next Cyber Space Super Highway Driver, but all I can think watching this is “Oh my God I hope someone is taking really good care of this poor woman and that she’s loved.” Schadenfreude has its limits.

    • Actually, the more I look into this, the more I feel kinda bad about this being on videogum. Not to get all downer, but this all appears to be something that her brother does with her to make her happy and keep her entertained and the more I watch, the more obviously handicapped this lady appears to be. I mean, he takes her on an annual trip to visit Thomas the Tank Engine… I’ll limit my sanctimony to just saying “I really hope these two don’t end up as a parodied butchering by the internet ass hole army.”

        • I gotta say that’s different! That dude is an adult acting like a buffoon. This woman is plagued by limitations that are heartbreaking and while I certainly question the brother’s judgement in making these visible to the whole world, he clearly cares about her well being and seems to be trying to brighten her world. I’m a cynical voldemort, but I dunno… This just doesn’t feel like fair game to me.

          • He was ignorant, but acting to protect his very young daughter, who was being sexually harassed and then receiving death threats, which anonymous made sure spilled off of the internet by getting her address and phone number. He didn’t know what he was talking about, but he was defending his daughter; if he had done nothing, he would have been a terrible father. At least he tried.

            Also, he died of a heart attack not long after the harassment started.

          • I mean fair enough, and I didn’t mean to sound like I was condoning out and out harassment of the poor guy. I guess I’m thinking in terms of the mostly sane people at videogum who see the humor in saying “Ha! What a weirdo! Ain’t that people tho? Say, you look like a fella that enjoys a good cigar!”

            I also don’t think Gabe was being mean or vicious in anything he said, just as a disclaimer.

          • I hear ya. But when that video came out, and I didn’t know the whole story, I didn’t feel bad for the dad, but I didn’t like the video, either, because it involved a small child crying hysterically, which doesn’t make me happy ever. That’s really why these videos are about the same for me. I am for the mocking of just about anybody, because I feel like we’re all adults and should be able to, if not laugh at ourselves, at least be able to condone it. But small children and the mentally handicapped are off limits, because they aren’t always developed enough to be able to comprehend the humor in the situation. And that just makes it mean.

          • Respeck.

          • Am I allowed to feel badly about both of them?


          • “it involved a small child crying hysterically, which doesn’t make me happy ever.”

            I had everything wrong about you masculist noise.

  4. I find her to be quite contrary.

  5. Post sponsored by Dove, because I need a shower now after that.

  6. This lady’s cool. She has a good sense of humor.

  7. Good for her! She’s having fun and doing good stuff on the interwebs.

    • Agreed. It feels more like How’s Your News or Gervais’ Derek (laughing with NOT at someone who’s cognitively impaired) than it Does Howard Stern’s Wack Pack (mean-spirited and exploitative).

  8. Did the green screen make this feel less like exploitation, because that’s not the effect I got out of it. I just get protective about people like this falling into the hands of children emulating Daniel Tosh.

  9. I’m going to be having nightmares for the next CENTURY.

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