Heart-ache: America gets Rickrolled

posted at 2:00 pm on November 27, 2008 by Allahpundit

The greatest moment in the history of the Macy’s parade? Obviously so.

The greatest moment in the history of any parade? Debatable, but I’m leaning “yes.”

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Rick rolling an entire nation at once. Wow!

opiemuyo on November 27, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Oddly enough he can sing it the same exact way it was recorded 30 years ago.

- The Cat

P.S. “Singing the rick rolling phenom Never Going to Give You Up.” I’m thinking there are people who just don’t get it.

MirCat on November 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM

So by you saying it wasn’t Rick Astley, did we get Rick-Rolled twice?

Vizzini on November 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM

YES! Wait… this isn’t porn?

chunderroad on November 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Rick Astley is a real cool guy for playing along with the Rickrolling thing and not taking himself too seriously like so many others in his profession do.

Mark1971 on November 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I just saw this “live” on the West Coast a few minutes ago and totally LOL’d.

If this guy was the face of the Republican Party, we’d never lose ever again.

ScottMcC on November 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

He could have at least done his trademark dance move.

nottakingsides on November 27, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I love it!

HawaiiLwyr on November 27, 2008 at 2:12 PM

If this guy was the face of the Republican Party, we’d never lose ever again.

ScottMcC on November 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

On election day, Dems could say, “Oh snap, I got Rep-rolled!”

James on November 27, 2008 at 2:14 PM

I saw that live this morning and laughed my ass off. Rick Astley is a good sport, though these days I imagine he’ll take whatever residuals he can off that song and any attention he can get. Wasn’t he a one hit wonder?

Outlander on November 27, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Rule one of Rick Rolling? You don’t actually mention Rick Astley. You go “Man, that was a GREAT video, check it out!”

Krydor on November 27, 2008 at 2:17 PM

I am glad to get rick rolled… I need it.

nagee76 on November 27, 2008 at 2:20 PM

I don’t get it…what is Rickrolled?

I’ve always liked that song…

CCRWM on November 27, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Hau`oli Lâ Ho`omaika`i ia Kakou!

(Happy Thanksgiving to All!)

After being rickrolled…. I’m feeling all stuffy inside.

Kini on November 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM

I wonder if Astley still makes money from this song. Given how long ago it was, surely copyrights have expired.

lorien1973 on November 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM

I was trying to explain the phenomenon to my husband and checked Wiki to find out how it started. The parade appearance is already listed.

Quisp on November 27, 2008 at 2:26 PM

I was so pissed when I got rick roll’d!!!!!

blatantblue on November 27, 2008 at 2:26 PM

rick of rick rollling has something to be thankful for: notoriety!
happy thanksgiving to all HAer’s.

jimmer on November 27, 2008 at 2:27 PM

A Happy Beta Male RickRolling Thanksgiving to AllahPundit.

Kini on November 27, 2008 at 2:32 PM

I laughed out loud when I saw this live. I thought I was good when I rickrolled 2500 people at my company, but this was awesome.

What did the puppet say at the end of the skit? Was it “no more rick rolling?”

cannonball on November 27, 2008 at 2:33 PM

That was awesome!! I love Rick Astley! Love that song!

sheebe on November 27, 2008 at 2:33 PM

lorien1973 on November 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM

In the US, copyrights last for 70 years after the death of the creator of the work.

Mark1971 on November 27, 2008 at 2:34 PM

sounds like “I like Rick Rolling.”

brilliant.

cannonball on November 27, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I wonder if Astley still makes money from this song. Given how long ago it was, surely copyrights have expired.

lorien1973 on November 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Um…You must be thinking of patents; copyright last the life of the author + some # of years; not sure who gets the $ in this case, but it’s still going on…

ParisParamus on November 27, 2008 at 2:43 PM

I have no idea what rick rolling is. That guy looks like Clay Aiken (sp?) lip synching a bad 80′s song with the muppets. I don’t get it. I must have been deployed when this fad came by.

Alden Pyle on November 27, 2008 at 2:54 PM

That. Was. Frakking. EPIC!

Sekhmet on November 27, 2008 at 2:54 PM

CCRWM,
Getting rick rolled is the art of making people believe that they are about to link to something interesting(anything for that matter) only to find that they are actually going to listen to Rick Astley’s hit song.

This is usually done by e-mail and ofcourse some people go the distance to fake the URL using tinyURL incase the receiver has previously been rick rolled.

I once had a video of this song come on a pop up window that moves just when you try to close the window – it can be really irritating.

But i love this song and the inimitable dancing style of Rick Astley. Pure fun !

nagee76 on November 27, 2008 at 2:55 PM

And, with one of my favorite cartoons on the float to boot! Got to love Cheese at the end: “I like rickrolling!” LOL! Classic moment.

American_Pride1701 on November 27, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Okay, for those of you living under a virtual rock:

RickRolling came from the YouTube phenomenon, the way people on message boards like to link to YouTube videos, and the fact that YouTube URL’s are a bunch of gibberish, such that you have to click to see.

Some pranksters liked to make links saying HOLY CRAP! OBAMA IN A GHEY PR0N VIDEO! LOOK AT THIS! only to link to a video of Rick Astley’s performance.

Sekhmet on November 27, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Y’know, when you have to explain it to your parents, grandparents and sister and other relatives who use the internet daily, one has to wonder about the phenomenon.

Skywise on November 27, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Bah! These weird interweb fads the kids are into today are destroying the country!

CherokeeJack on November 27, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Appropriate: the Rick Roll is on the Island of Misfit Imaginary Friends.

“Never gonna give you up”? Our imaginary friends are stalking us. Yipe!

sulla on November 27, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Bah! These weird interweb fads the kids are into today are destroying the country!

CherokeeJack on November 27, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Poppycock. If America can’t enjoy a good rickrolling, then the terrorists have already won.

sulla on November 27, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Y’know, when you have to explain it to your parents, grandparents and sister and other relatives who use the internet daily, one has to wonder about the phenomenon.

Skywise on November 27, 2008 at 3:00 PM

My mom rickrolled me. Maybe it’s a redstate/bluestate thing.

sulla on November 27, 2008 at 3:06 PM

I gotta say I miss the bartender from the music video for Never Gonna Give You Up.

chunderroad on November 27, 2008 at 3:07 PM

I wish I watched the parade this year, for only this reason. He’s awesome for going along with the Rick Roll.

Sir Corky on November 27, 2008 at 3:10 PM

I gotta say I miss the bartender from the music video for Never Gonna Give You Up.

chunderroad on November 27, 2008 at 3:07 PM

What do you mean? We elected him President.

sulla on November 27, 2008 at 3:16 PM

OMG! It’s Cheese!!!!!!!!!

askheaves on November 27, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Good clean holiday fun, and a welcome break from the “Engergizer Bunny” float, the “United States Post Office” float and the debuts of twelve new tween bands.

I think one of the new boy bands was actually sampling music from a classic boy band (New Kids on the Block) – how far the culture has fallen!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Dorvillian on November 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM

I think one of the new boy bands was actually sampling music from a classic boy band (New Kids on the Block) – how far the culture has fallen!

Dorvillian on November 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Well, that just means they’re a hip-hop fusion boy band.

CherokeeJack on November 27, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Awesome. And Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends is a pretty clever cartoon. Sometimes my 7 year old lets me watch it.

mikeyboss on November 27, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I had to explain Rick-rolling to my sister and her friend this morning. It almost wasn’t worth it.

nukemhill on November 27, 2008 at 3:36 PM

I watched that video……….why?!?!?! Now I have that insipid song in my brain.

sbynyc on November 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM

sbynyc: reaching for Achilles Last Stand on the iPhone…..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

sbynyc on November 27, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Ha ha, too funny!

abinitioadinfinitum on November 27, 2008 at 3:48 PM

I laughed. I cried. I got rick-rolled!

(wish I’d watched the parade, today. The Lions/Titans game was a complete waste of time!)

Vntnrse on November 27, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Has anyone seen Barry Manilow singing this on his infomercial to sell his “best hits of the 80′s” or something like that. Barry is oblivious!!! Talk about getting Rick-Rolled.

abinitioadinfinitum on November 27, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Has anyone seen Barry Manilow singing this on his infomercial to sell his “best hits of the 80’s” or something like that. Barry is oblivious!!! Talk about getting Rick-Rolled.

abinitioadinfinitum on November 27, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Or maybe he knows all too well…

CherokeeJack on November 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

CherokeeJack on November 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Perhaps, but Barry? Nah! lol

abinitioadinfinitum on November 27, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Haha, awesome!

Richard Romano on November 27, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Has anyone seen Barry Manilow singing this on his infomercial…

Reaching for ear plugs… and a gun.

whitetop on November 27, 2008 at 4:32 PM

For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, there is an entire chapter devoted to it at this website.

wccawa on November 27, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Oops. My bad. That’s the video. HERE is the actual link.

wccawa on November 27, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Awesome. And the NBC booth got hit with a balloon. Put the two together and you have what might be the greatest Macy’s parade of all time.

meltenn on November 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Awesomely awesome…

D2Boston on November 27, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Me me.

Shy Guy on November 27, 2008 at 5:10 PM

He’s lucky. I know some people that would have jumped barricades to take revenge.

Funny, though. Great show!

Mazztek on November 27, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Shy Guy,
Thanks ! the muppets were awesome :-)

nagee76 on November 27, 2008 at 5:37 PM

I had the Macy’s parade on while I was surfing this morning and heard this; my reaction: “We’re being Rick-rolled!”
Unbelievable! LOL
Thanks, you HA crazies, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Jenfidel on November 27, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Technically, this is not being rick rolled. Rick rolling requires that the victim be tricked into clicking onto an item of interest. Such was not the case here. Here we simply had a change of song on a float.

(Yes, I am already getting into my Scrooge personality for the holidays. Bah-Humbug)

keep the change on November 27, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Keep the change,
I’d like to dispute you on this one – as some one who has gotten rick rolled atleast 5 times, let me tell you that the most important element of getting rick rolled is the surprise factor – its totally unexpected. Just like seeing Rick Astley on a fricking Macy’s day parade.

Clicking the link ,e-mail etc are mere technicalities :-)

But i have to say, Rick’s entry was EPIC :-)

nagee76 on November 27, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Sweet baby Jesus.

Rick freaking Astley himself busts into a parade song with “Never Gonna Give You Up,” and people are arguing about whether it was really Rick Rolling.

Dude, it was Rick, he was Rolling. Deal with it.

Go eat yer freakin’ turkey!

Merovign on November 27, 2008 at 6:21 PM

I really, really don’t get it.

Warner Todd Huston on November 27, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Please, PLEASE don’t forget the Barack-Roll.

A masterpiece, if there ever was one.

wccawa on November 27, 2008 at 6:50 PM

I was already hollerin’ for my kids and getting all excited and His Awesomeness (FYI he IS VIP in Europe) stepped on my fav cartoon and sang that song…I believe ppl heard me couple of houses down. What can I say? I am an 80′s chick! There is a video I guess on YouTube (yeah I hate to get rickrolled dammit) where there is a show in Europe and he is singing live, and dammit he still has it!

I DVR’d it again, cranked up the volume and to end it even more awesome, CHEEEESSSSEEE…Now I see it here, and I am gonna see it again! THANX!

Luv the bumper stickers and clothes where Mac is with Cheese and Blu with Cheese.

ProudPalinFan on November 27, 2008 at 6:57 PM

Funny how a show about imaginary friends has to resort to something UN-imaginative like Rickrolling to be funny.

AOL-Time-Warner…you have indeed hit the rock bottom.

Maybe you can have Ben10 come out and sing some Debbie Gibson tunes next?

Black Adam on November 27, 2008 at 7:10 PM

No. No. No. This was not rick rolling. This was rick astley interrupting a song. Rick Rolling requires that the victim be anticipating something only to be given rick astley. That did not happen here. The essence of rick rolling is that you build up anticipation only to be spoiled by Rick. That did not happen here as there was no anticipation.

Rick Rolling is too important a cultural phenomenon to be misinterpreted and watered down. Even my rick astley.

keep the change on November 27, 2008 at 7:27 PM

by rick astley. Or by anyone. Rick astley didn’t create rick rolling, and he has no right to take part in its debauchery. This is not the type of change we need.

keep the change on November 27, 2008 at 7:29 PM

That was hysterical!
My kids were wondering why I was cracking up.
My kids think I have lost my mind.
Oh wait, I have!

MITX on November 27, 2008 at 7:35 PM

lmfao, YES.

Sir Andrew on November 27, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Cute,but not on Youtube tho!ahha:)

canopfor on November 27, 2008 at 8:12 PM

For those of you who haven’t heard the new cover of the Astley classic, here it is.

forest on November 27, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Hey no matter what NBC did Thursday morning, it was better than what they did Wednesday night (and when even the “politics shapes our entertainment prefrences” New York Times thinks this is a steaming pile of poop, you know it was bad…)

jon1979 on November 27, 2008 at 8:30 PM

My mom rickrolled me. Maybe it’s a redstate/bluestate thing.

sulla on November 27, 2008 at 3:06 PM

My parents are bluestaters… I’m a red stater (well.. I WAS…)

Skywise on November 27, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Epic win!

Ars Moriendi on November 27, 2008 at 8:52 PM

This video cannot count as an actual Rick Roll since Alla informed us ahead of time.

Interweb usage, negative 1

;)

Jim708 on November 27, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Ha! I didn’t even know what it was until I googled it.

But yeah I agree, he’s a good sport.

fireweednectar on November 27, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Dude

the Barryroll

It’s TWO layers of cheese. What’s not to love?

JeffWeimer on November 27, 2008 at 9:12 PM

I kept waiting to see if his toupee was going to get blown off in the wind.

bookman on November 27, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Rick Astley is a real cool guy for playing along with the Rickrolling thing and not taking himself too seriously like so many others in his profession do.

Mark1971 on November 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Exactly. I don’t know if I’d be such a good sport about it.

Tzetzes on November 27, 2008 at 9:39 PM

Totally classic but someone needs to set this up without giving away the surprise (the title ruins the punch-line.) Then it’d be really good.

Pythagoras on November 27, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Priceless! Self-depricating humor is the best kind.

CurtZHP on November 27, 2008 at 11:10 PM

It’s official, the entire Met’s stadium getting Rickrolled has been topped…. Alas, it was a fine prank… But Macy’s and Cartoon Network has officially “owned/Pwned” us all….

I honestly don’t know if I should laugh or cry…

Razgriez on November 27, 2008 at 11:38 PM

It is so very depressing to explain to my 24 year old tech smarty-pants son about Rick Rolling. I think it’s better to be a fogey and laugh more. What a treat, since for the first time, I missed the parade. Thanks, AP, you’re a doll!

YankeeinCA on November 27, 2008 at 11:54 PM

wow

Mojave Mark on November 27, 2008 at 11:58 PM

It was RickRolling. Right in the middle of the Foster’s song… Foster’s had a movie on Cartoon Network tonight – an hour and a half: Destination Imagination. I’m sure it’ll be repeated.

I had to tell my husband what Rick Rolling was. Several relatives at Thanksgiving Dinner knew, some were as clueless as my husband…

kimsch on November 28, 2008 at 1:48 AM

Has anyone seen Barry Manilow singing this on his infomercial to sell his “best hits of the 80’s” or something like that.

God, don’t remind me. Speaking as a fan, I am becoming increasingly annoyed with all the “cover albums” he’s been releasing as of late.

eaglescout1998 on November 28, 2008 at 3:58 AM

“Singing the rick rolling phenom Never Going to Give You Up.”

Lame when the announcers have to name it.

Captain Scarlet on November 28, 2008 at 5:52 AM

I hate the Macy’s parade. My wife makes me sit through it. Like a dutiful husband I don’t complain, after all it is Thanksgiving!
As soon as I saw the float I said “We just got Rick Rolled”.
I tried explaining it to my wife to no avail. I mean really its sophomoric humor, that’s why I love it, lmao…

What could top this?
Getting the President to Rick Roll the country…..

CinC on November 28, 2008 at 7:01 AM

I regret not feeling the emotional lift that obviously has carried so many of you away.

But I am glad that the face has aged to the point where it finally matches the voice.

NCC on November 28, 2008 at 7:48 AM

ok – what did i miss? i dont get this whole rick rolled thing. is there something funny here?

abcurtis on November 28, 2008 at 8:07 AM

abcurtis,

No, you are 100% correct. There is NOTHING funny going on here. Nothing at all.

Warner Todd Huston on November 28, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Astley is a good guy, has had a much bigger career than one song, was a good sport about this parade thing.
And it’s a great song!

Doug on November 28, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Since I spent the entire day yesterday cooking and cleaning up I missed this – this is hilarious!

Rick Roll the nation! Give the guy a raise who came up with that float!

tru2tx on November 28, 2008 at 9:55 AM

They should have taken things to the next level and Bad Horsed Rick Astley.

Rip Ford on November 28, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I don’t get it either.

So by the definitions offered above, would anyone who watches daytime TV automatically be “Rick-Rolled”?

Is this whole thing a cousin of the lame “prune” jokes of the 70′s?

landlines on November 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Hahahahaha

My nephew called me last night and told me about this. I knew I would find the video here! Hilarious.

rockmom on November 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM

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