The Air Guitar World Championships Reads Mean Tweets About Itself

You kind of need a sense of humor about yourself if you’re an organization that turns masturbatory mimicry into a gladiatorial spectacle.

If you weren’t aware, there is an international competition for playing air guitar. No, seriously. It’s in Finland. Every year. Not joking.

Doug “The Thunder” Stroock of the U.S. performs during the 2013 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland, August 23, 2013. Lehtikuva Lehtikuva / Reuters

Yes, that’s right…the thing most of us are too ashamed to confess we do alone in the shower has been turned into a spectator sport.

Winner of the 2014 Air Guitar World Championships, Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura, 19, of Japan, performs in Oulu, Finland, August 29, 2014. Lehtikuva Lehtikuva / Reuters

Not only has instrument-less virtuosity been elevated to an oddball Olympic orgy of onanism, it’s pretty popular. The Air Guitar World Championships will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Winner Eric “Mean Melin” Melin of the U.S. performs during the 2013 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland, August 23, 2013. Lehtikuva Lehtikuva / Reuters

In honor of this pinnacle of competitive pantomime — and also in acknowledgment of how admittedly silly the whole thing is — the Air Guitar World Championships has released a video of mean tweets superimposed on past performances.

The tweets range from the confused…

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To the cringing…

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To the caustic…

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To the c’mon-stop-taking-yourself-so-seriously-it’s-just-some-good-old-fashioned-gloriously-dumb-fun.

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Watch the whole video here:

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The 20th Anniversary of the Air Guitar World Championships takes place in Oulu, Northern Finland, on August 26-28.

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