That Video of a Twerking Girl Catching on Fire That You Showed All Your Friends Was a Hoax
11:47 am, September 10th | by Colette McIntyre
You can always count on the Internet. When the rest of the world is going bonkers and former child stars are writhing around on mounds of debris, licking inanimate objects just like my cat did before I realized he was blind and dying, you can be certain that the Internet is still upvoting, sharing, liking, and commenting on the same things — videos with titles that include the word “fail”; anything that proves millennials are terrible, particularly teenage girls; nostalgic lists like “The 90 ’90s-iest ’90s That ’90s-ed in The ’90s”; and cats doing human things. This is how a little video called “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches Fire!” managed to become the video du jour of Gchats between co-workers and Facebook posts from friends you made during college orientation and formed close online relationships with, despite never talking in the real world again, even though you had a seminar together your Senior year. In six days, the clip racked up over 9 million views on just one YouTube account. “Worst Twerk Fail Ever” has everything a good viral video needs: an attractive star, a trend that is past its prime, pain, embarrassment; unfortunately, it’s just not real.
Noted prankster Jimmy Kimmel admitted last night on his talk show that his team staged and shot the video over two months ago. “We didn’t send it to any TV station, we didn’t tweet it,” he explained. “We just put it on YouTube and let the magic happen.” Teenage twerker “Caitlin Heller” is in fact professional stuntwoman Daphne Avalon. Hopefully this is the death knell of twerking.