This “site” (or blog, property, premier destination…whatever you wish to call it) certainly falls on the insular side of the spectrum. USA Today we aint. So please forgive us as we split yet another meta-pube with our celebration of new microdocumentary People’s Champion: Behind the Battle. If you are not familiar and enthusiastic about Eli Porter,
the original video, the subsequent remixes, and the rich history of star wipes, please stop reading now and explore some of the (slightly) more approachable content that’s strewn throughout this premier destination.
But yes, they made a film about Eli vs. Envy:
After watching the piece, one thing struck me: it couldn’t be more emblematic of where we are as a society in 2011. This should be put in a time capsule and exhumed 200 years from now, so that social science can learn and debate about The Way Things Were in the early 21st century. Four other quick thoughts:
1. It’s truly amazing that a team of people had the time, the wherewithal, and the gumption to make a high-quality, immaculately edited, THIRTY MINUTE documentary about a fleeting internet meme.
2. The opening three minutes casts light on Millennials at their worst: there are enough faux titles and obscure URLs to make even the most insufferable Harvard Business School grad blush.
3. Poor Envy. The guy has one regrettable performance in a high school talent showcase, and eight years later a menagerie of people—including a doughy emo, old classmates, and even the freaking AV Teacher—are clowning his decision to rhyme “cripple” with “cripple.” An unforgiving era, indeed.
4. “Iron Mic” is a dope-ass name for a freestyle competition.
Hat tip to Cool Cat Chris Lee for the find.