May 1st, 2010

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[FORUM] What do you with viral Internet culture?

Towleroad recently pointed me and many others to the latest Internet viral video. Here's North Carolina's WRAL with its explanation.

A group of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Afghanistan have found a way to pass the time – lip-synching to Lady Gaga.

The soldiers have made their own music video for Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s hit-single “Telephone.”

“Telephone: The Afghanistan Re-make” has become a YouTube sensation with more than 230,000 hits since being posted on April 23.

The video opens with Sgt. Aaron Christopher Melcher and another soldier showing off their dance moves, including a few from the original music video, while wearing Army fatigues.

Then Melcher dons a belly-baring outfit seemingly made with yellow police tape and left-over black Christmas garland. Other soldiers shimmy in unique costumes, while another wearing an over-sized necklace with the initials “LG” lip-synchs Beyonce’s part of the song.

Melcher, a 2004 graduate of Gramercy Christian School in Newport, N.C., has been promoting the video through his Facebook page. A message sent to Melcher and his wife was not returned Friday afternoon.

"This is a couple guys located in Afghanistan that re-made the music video by Lady Gaga....Telephone. Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey," reads the description under the YouTube video. "Right now this is the temporary version, we have more scenes to cut, and edit. However, with guys always on mission it is harder to film than you think."

I normally don't indulge in these things--I don't have the time, I don't have the internet. Normally. What about you?