You ever wonder whether the internets are gonna lead to a cultural Golden Age? Or bring down the flaming wrath of Jehovah God?
There’s a viral-video phenomenon happening called “Unforgivable.” It began with a series of improvisational clips from two guys called Hodge-Stansson Productions.
The first clip was uploaded in August of 2006. To date, the first four “Unforgivable” videos – added together – have been viewed more than 21 million times on YouTube.
And all it is is a black dude – played by Gunnar Fritz Stansson (if that is his real name) – telling outlandish tales of vulgarity, violence and sexual abuse... ending with the word “unforgivable.”
Director Logan Hodge (white guy) cracks up laughing behind the camera. Stansson can hardly keep a straight face himself.
They have triggered a flood of other “Unforgivable” videos, all mimicking Stansson’s hard-ass ghetto attitude and bizarre tales.
What trips me out is... a lot of the tribute videos are by girls. Which is weird because the original “Unforgivable” series is loaded with the B-word, the P-word... and even the C-word. Not to mention the N-word.
I kinda get it... I guess. Structurally, it’s like the notorious “Aristocrats” joke. It’s all about shock value... all about transgression.
But the scale of “Unforgivable” as an Internet sensation seems way out of proportion to its comedic merit.
Or maybe I’m just an old prude. You can judge for yourself. Embedded below is Hodge and Stansson’s “Unforgivable #1” followed by three female variations on the theme.
(Y’all gonna be begging for more “YouTube Shakespeare” after you get an earful of this wildness.)
UPDATE (05/04/08): Evidently “Gunnar Fritz Stansson” is the dude’s real name. He says he’s half Algerian, half Swedish. Stansson and Hodge were interviewed last year for the student newspaper at SUNY.
(Yep, the cult of “Unforgivable” is centered on college campuses.)