Weekly Viral Forecast: Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, and Fried Kool-Aid
Wondering what's in store for this week? We've got all the breaking viral videos, and emerging trending topics, you need for June 20th, 2011.
New York Voting On Gay Marriage, Roy McDonald In Support
Today could be an historic day as New York Senators are expected to vote on a bill that would legalize Gay Marriage. Republican Senator Roy McDonald has come forward as a supporter of the bill, telling reporters, "You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing. You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f**k it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing." TMZ has more.
Remembering Clarence Clemons
Clarence Clemons, Saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band passed away Sunday after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. The accomplished musician recently appeared in the music video Lady Gaga's Edge Of Glory, first decried by critics as boring. With this being the last known music video Clemons appeared in, it takes on a whole new importance. Expect the presentation of the video to now take on a more sentimental tone.
Tom Cruise's Rock Of Ages Photo
The first still from Adam Shankman's film adaptation of the broadway musical "Rock Of Ages" saw a lot of circulation online this weekend. Entertainment blog The AV Club predicts that the image is destined to become what they're calling the "Rock On, Tom Cruise" meme. I've never been keen on trying to incite a meme, preferring them to arise out of genuine community interest. Given Tom Cruise's history as a satirical focal point Anonymous' 2008 Project Chanology raids targeting the Church of Scientology, the idea of a new Tom Cruise meme isn't without precedent. The simple background leaves plenty of room for text to be superimposed without covering any crucial details, but I wouldn't expect this to become another Oprah's Couch Incident any time soon.
Trending Video: Amy Winehouse's Belgrade Bomb
This video of Amy Winehouse, looking as sedated as ever, has quickly gained over 300,000 views in under 24 hours, with Twitter buzz rivaling that of Fried Kool-Aid.
One week ago, ABC News featured the story of a Fried Kool-Aid ball available at the San Diego County Fair. Over the last four days, copies of the ABC video have been ripped onto Youtube and passed around elsewhere. Beginning Sunday Fried Kool-Aid began trending on Twitter, mostly subsiding over night. This morning, Gawker is running a story on Fried Kool-Aid apparently in reaction to the recent Twitter trend. That story alone has alread earned over 1000 Facebook Likes for a strong morning start. At the time of this writing I've just seen our own Dave Stopera post about Fried Kool-Aid. Go take a look.