Seth Rogen & James Franco Recreate Kanye West's "Bound 2"

Last week, Kanye West released his perfectly absurd video for the great Yeezus closer “Bound 2,” in which he an a naked Kim Kardashian made out on an obviously greenscreened motorcycle. You probably did not need any help to realize how ridiculous this video was. But if you did, Seth Rogen and James Franco are here to think. The two made a shot-for-shot remake of that video, with Franco playing Kanye and Rogen playing Kim, right down to the orgasmic facial expressions. It is both funny and hard to watch, and you can experience it below.


(via Nah Right)

I mean damn, what would Jeromey-romey-rome think?

UPDATE: Kim and Kanye approve.

Comments (74)
  1. Now THIS is a proper parody.

    My main thought was that it shows how much time Ye spent making this video (read: not a whole lot!).

    I hope Rogen put on a lot of deodorant for Franco’s sake.

  2. How long did they fight over who got to be Kim?

  3. I mean, what would Juddy-Juddy-Juddy Apatow think?

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    • the original video is so awful, it doesn’t need anything more than a shot for shot remake to be a great parody

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      • If it was Kristen Wiig and Elizabeth Banks making out on a motorcycle with one of them playing Kanye and the other playing Kim doing a SHOT FOR SHOT REMAKE OF A TERRIBLE MUSIC VIDEO it would be just as funny. If it was Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavalari, for example, it would be just as funny.

        The gender of the parody-ers is not important, what’s important is how hard they work to sell it. It’s clear they really did do some work on this (watch the two videos side by side, it really is shot for shot) so the whole “this is lazy just because I’m looking for something to be miffed about” argument is unnecessary pot-stirring to me.

        • Exactly. It didn’t even occur to me to think that some of the humor was based on it being two guys. I just found it hilarious to watch two very funny people earnestly recreate a truly awful video.

          • I disagree with the Wiig-Banks theory – they’re pretty attractive people, and while it would be funny, it probably wouldn’t be AS funny. If it was Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who is not “traditionally” attractive or fit like KK, then yes, this point works.

            I think Renaton’s offense at people finding it funny because it’s two men is off base – I would suggest that it’s more Rogan’s hairy, flabby body being a stand in for KK, Franco’s exact imitation of Kanye’s apathetic rap/dancing, and the shot-for-shot style which shows just how little effort went into making this video (on purpose, of course).

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        • Thanks Kevin, now I really want to see Jay Cutler parody a Kanye video.

    • I thought just the concept alone was the main focal point and was funny in itself. The fact that they would faithfully re-do the whole video in contrast to anything that makes sense for them doing it in the first place….. That’s the socially nuanced point of the comedy isn’t it? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!

      But also, I did find it hard to watch though.
      Am I a bad person?

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        • Yes, because it was 2 guys making out. Even though I support gay rights to the highest degree and I pretty much have a superhero complex whenever any gay person is being bullied, doesn’t mean that I didn’t feel uncomfortable. You don’t have to be so transparent about a thing happening right in front of you just because you objectively stand against it. How often do you see two guys kissing each other?

          A part of me is also just very fidgety about any sort of intimacy or PDA, but I guess that’s just how my environment affected me.

          • “How often do you see two guys kissing each other?” – everyday of my life. I think it’s not good at all that people still are not used to seeing it though and still have trouble with it, when gay people have to watch straight people make out all the time all over the place, in the streets, in movies, in TV, and seeing their straight relatives and friends in parties, and are still able to not find it hard to watch (and in the right context, even find appropriate and nice).

            I was bothered by Tom’s comment (and I suspect other gay readers from Stereogum probably were too) because it’s unnecessary to imply with a straight guy mentality that it’s not nice to look at two men making-out, when many would argue it’s normal. I’m not suggesting censoring that, I don’t think it should be, but it was really, really unnecessary and it really bothered me. Like how I can’t even read about a video in Stereogum without being reminded that natural homossexual physical expressions of affection without being reminded that a lot of people unfortunately still have this sad perception of gay sexuality being ugly and uncomfortable to look at.

          • I just sent a really long reply, but I don’t know, it’s not showing up on the comments.

            To sum it up:
            You’re sending flak to the wrong guy. I defend gay rights all the time. The media has conditioned just about most people. It’s not so much a perception as it is just what we grew up with. The fact that I’m on the internet and I’m on your side listening to what you have to say means we have gone a long way in supporting gay rights. I’m sure Tom’s tone didn’t imply any mal-intent or bigotry.

          • You see, I love that we live in a time where straight people support gay rights. And i understood what you meant. I didn’t attack you or condemn you. And i understand that’s a result of cultural baggage. But I still think that 1) people should try to avoid the trappings of the cultural baggage that made them associate aspects of gay life as bad or ugly in effort to truly accept gay people in its entirety 2) that you don’t get to change these things and progress those perceptions if reinforce them even if mildly and with no intention to offend (like saying guys making out is hard to watch).

            I’m not antagonizing either you or Tom. I know it’s hard to get rid of impressions made by media and culture institutionalized by the world around you. Hell, gay people, if anything, understand very well. But instead of just letting it as an aside, we have to actively work to get rid of those last threads we just ignore in order to truly evolve the acceptance. And yes, it is a one step at a time thing, but gay people are still allowed to recognize those aspects still linger and insist we must walk away from the bad connotations and uncomfortable reaction gay demonstrations of affection get. It isn’t villanizing straight people or victimizing ourselves to do that, merely denoting a place where people have to progress as well.

        • Dude, stop. That Kevin guy’s comment “If it was Kristen Wiig and Elizabeth Banks…” summed it up perfectly; you don’t like the video, we get it, move on.

        • It is because they make a point of making it uncomfortable, Seth Rogen is a big hairy dude and no-one wants to see him playing the role of Kim Kardashian, that is where the comedy is derived from. You seriously need to chill the fuck out, you are clearly a person who seeks to be offended by stuff on the internet and then talk down to others in anger.

          Have a break, have a KitKat (or some codeine, a lot of it).

    • I’m not sure if you figured this out yet, but you missed the point.

      • I’m not sure if people around here figured this out yet, but my points are not really that it’s offensive (it isn’t) and I’m not attacking the video, even I disagree about how the point works and in which level it does.

    • i think you need to accept the possibility of a music video so excellent we don’t understand it yet

    • I actually for the most part agree with Renaton,even with the knowledge that just for agreeing with you is going to get 25 down votes.

  5. I’m just so, happy right now…

  6. Stop Stereotyping Seth!

  7. Finally, something to justify the existence of Bound 2.

  8. Well, I found that hilarious.

  9. I’m also waiting for know why is it hard to watch? I rewatched it to confirm , and there isn’t anything really about it that seems hard to watch, really.

  10. I’m probably in the minority here, but I agree with Renaton — sophomoric lazy parody bordering on banal — ha-ha -it’s-two dudes-making-out — homophobia. it’s the oldest frat boy “joke” in the book. And no, James Franco, it doesn’t matter how many queer theory classes at NYU you take, or how many GLAAD brownie points you earn by saying you are open to being attracted to men (he’s such an original snowflake that he transcends sexual categorization), this is still not funny.

    • OK, seriously guys? If you don’t think this is funny that’s fine, but don’t cast the aspersion that “everybody who thinks this is funny is a homophobic frat boy”. It’s not funny because it’s two men on a motorcycle making out, it’s funny because it’s Seth Rogan and James Franco doing a shot-for-shot recreation of an already-laughable music video.

      It was funny when it was Kim and Kanye, it is funnier because it is two famous people doing an extremely accurate remake.

      It would be just as funny if it was Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

      Or Steve Carell and Will Ferrell.

      Or Amy Poehler and Tine Fey.

      Or Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.

      or……..

      • Exactly, Kevin. If you see this video as homophobic you’re completely misunderstanding the joke.If you don’t think it’s funny, okay, but that doesn’t mean it’s homophobic.

        • It seems pseudo political-correctness and faux outrage are in fashion.

          • That might be a little harsh actually. Didn’t mean that. Don’t want to to accuse Renaton of insincerity. I like you on here.

          • No, what’s in fashion is acting as if anyone is over-sensitive if they show they care about something and attacking “politically correctness” every time someone calls a problematic reading on something you like or most consider cool. The whole problem about people not wanting to be politically correct or seen as over-sensitive is that suddenly almost everything is forgiven if done in irony or played for laughs even if it’s not smart or intelligent or elaborate about the using something like homosexuality for jokes. I like gay jokes if they have something interesting about them besides just making fun of gay people or acting if gayness is funny, which I feel is not the case here.

            And again, I don’t find the tone of the parody offensive. But it clearly depends on the two men making out to make it a joke. Otherwise, it wouldn’t even be called a parody, just a remake.

          • Didn’t see your following statement. It’s okay, it’s a conversation, and people should expose their ideas. And thank you for saying I’m not being insincere. I’m really not. I usually like Rogen and even Franco (when he is not all pretentious). Not only do I think it’s not funny, I do think the joke really does rely on the “gayness” of the two of them together. If I didn’t really think it was important for this shot by shot, I wouldn’t call it out. I honestly care about comedy using homosexuality in smarter ways, as both a gay man and a big fan of comedians and funny films. And it freaking sucks that being familiar with both my opinion suddenly gets written off because people watch this, instantly liked it and decided every form of criticism to it is invalid.

          • Yeah, sorry, I was being a dick there.

      • I’m not saying people are homophobic frat boys for liking this (I never said that, is that why people are so defensive around here for this? Because they think it implies that?). But again, I do think it’s humor that you see all the time in comedy that gay is funny. Anyone familiar with american comedy and its lowest common denominators know it still happens a lot. And you really think that Rogen making out with Franco isn’t supposed a joke? You really believe that that the two making out wasn’t intended to be funny? Then you didn’t watch the same video as I did. Because Rogen is clearly doing that “parody of sexy faces thing” and the whole way they behave implies that this make-out session should be seen as funny.

    • Wait, people are trying to make this into a controversy? Some things just aren’t worth getting worked up over. Uganda’s policies against homosexuality? Yes. Seth Rogen and James Franco parodying the most self-serious couple on the planet? Not at all.

      • Yes, because I don’t like a silly parody and think it relies on stupid humor I clearly don’t care about Uganda’ policies on homosexuality, because as the internet always says, you can’t care about more than one thing at once and at different levels of intensity but momentarily focusing on the topic at hand even if it’s not by any means as important as catastrophic scenarios like Uganda. That’s clearly what’s happening, yes sir.

    • Translation: I DON’T THINK IT’S FUNNY AND NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO THINK IT’S FUNNY EITHER

  11. Holy lord I couldn’t possibly love this anymore. Nailed it.

  12. See this is why we can’t have nice things.

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  14. just as sexy as the original, i say.

  15. Thank you based God.

  16. I have to agree with the apparently downvote-able sentiment being expressed elsewhere in the thread that the humor here is pretty lazy, as it relies a bit too heavily on “haha gay” and “haha fat.” Similarly, I agree that there’s nothing inherently funny or hard to watch about two men kissing. Gotta get over that, folks. That said, I found Franco’s Kanye imitation hilarious, so overall I think this was a worthwhile albeit sloppily executed effort.

  17. I was so disappointed to see Tom having included that lame Galantis video to his 5 best videos list. This one, however, makes up for “Smile”‘s strange exclusion of man-on-man actions. And I could not be happier right now…
    http://www.stereogum.com/1577621/the-5-best-videos-of-the-week-107/news/

  18. Not sure why Renaton got so many downvotes. I think he made a legitimate point. In the original video, the qualities that seemed absurd were the horses, the use of green-screened landscapes in general, and Kim’s hair blowing the wrong way. The relationship between Kim and Kanye, however, seemed sincere in and of itself. Since the Franco/Rogen version is a shot-for-shot remake, all the original absurdities are still there, but the focus shifts to the relationship and makes it seem ridiculous. I can see the humor functioning in two different ways, and the central question becomes: Is this supposed to be funny because it’s two guys, or simply because Franco and Rogen have replaced the original relationship with an obviously insincere one? Or is it both at the same time? Either way, the joke hinges on the relationship, and even if they intended for the humor to come from the insincerity–rather than the guy-on-guy aspect–the end result is that the video could be seen as making fun of both.

    Had the video instead been, as Kevin suggested, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, it would still be amusing, but would have been better overall because it wouldn’t have hinged on the same-sex relationship as a potential source of humor. It would have been funny simply because of the insincerity of the relationship alone. Although knowing them, Fred probably would’ve dressed up in drag and taken the Kim role, with Carrie playing Kanye, and then I wouldn’t know WHAT to think.

  19. I absolutely cannot wait to see how Kanye reacts to this

  20. I thought this was both hilarious and hard to watch, and I kiss my boyfriend, like, all the time. I wasn’t uncomfortable in the sense of “ick two dudes” or even “ick fat” because I actually think Seth Rogen is attractive, but what makes it uncomfortable is the bending of preconceived gender roles. Or rather gender stereotypes? It’s accepted that a sex-symbol woman can squint into the camera and flip her hair around, it’s uncomfortable and funny when a generally regarded non-sex symbol male does the same–simply because we aren’t used to seeing it, I think. The entire tone of this would be different if it were David Beckham and some other male model, no? And even though I’m gay having a man be visually “passive” still looks weird as hell me in the context of a male female relationship. Seeing a man laying in the crook of a woman’s arm or to have a woman with her arm around a man’s shoulders comforting him still boggles my brain. Not offensive or uncomfortable to the point of disgust, mind you, but weirdness that could register as discomfort.

    This is why I make no illusions for myself that some people who champion gay rights aren’t thrown off when two men kiss, society has kinda set it up our entire lives that men are supposed to be dominant, aggressive alphas and suddenly when two sets of lips meet it flips the entire notion on its head. It’s weird still for some people, so what? It would be weird for me to see some 80 year olds passionately making out on some park bench. The act wouldn’t be odd, just the feeling it would give me. Or maybe that WOULD make me an ageist and my thinking is all backwards and weird and hard to watch.

    • ” It’s weird still for some people, so what?” – so what is that instead of reaffirming this, people should try to move on from this. Cultural baggage and society shape who we are, but it’s not something you can’t change and work on. And it’s certainly not something people who are doing great in that aspect and learned and appreciated to love with a long time ago like to see randomly pointed out as if it was matter of fact.

      “This is why I make no illusions for myself that some people who champion gay rights aren’t thrown off when two men kiss, society has kinda set it up our entire lives that men are supposed to be dominant, aggressive alphas and suddenly when two sets of lips meet it flips the entire notion on its head.” – While it’s true most, if not all, gay men take time to get used to the simple concept of homosexuality being acceptable, once you actually start living with it, embrace it, and starts advocating for it at the point you start to engage in LGBT causes, it’s highly unlikely at this late stage you would still carry that baggage. If only because to get that far you go through a lot of transformations that make that kid that had problems with two guys kissing seem more like a distant memory. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I don’t think it portrayals an accurate, realistic portrayal of gay men to say that the guys who go to the point of taking an active role in the causes and standing up for gay rights would still have that, or at least not at the intensity that would make a silly video become uncomfortable.

      “I thought this was both hilarious and hard to watch, and I kiss my boyfriend, like, all the time. I wasn’t uncomfortable in the sense of “ick two dudes” or even “ick fat” because I actually think Seth Rogen is attractive, but what makes it uncomfortable is the bending of preconceived gender roles.” – I don’t know your personal history and baggage, so I won’t judge you. But if you are an out gay man who has lived as an openly homosexual guy for a while and has met a large number of other gay men and gay couples, you usually pretty much get used to seeing guys kiss all the time. Again, I don’t know anything about your life, so maybe you don’t get to see it much, or maybe it’s just your thing. But I still think it’s worth saying that gay men usually don’t find gay guys kissing hard to watch. Quite the contrary, actually. And even if you don’t find it disgusting, but uncomfortable, again, it might just be case of how you interact with the rest of the gay world and people that means you aren’t as used to very affectionate displays. It might also not be that, and I’m talking out of my ass, but most of the time, it is. Because once you have settled with having homosexuality be a normal part of your life, men kissing is about as common as waking up or taking a shower. So I don’t think it’s okay to hold on to that and sorta let it slide because society allowed us to. It’s sort of allowed, even after all the gay rights advances, for straight people (and in some cases, gay men like you) to still say that two men kissing is “hard to watch”. It’s honest, yes, but stating it as matter of fact makes stronger rather than weaker. Because people allow themselves brush it off as an aside too frequently, like they can just compensate for that by accepting gay rights and gay culture in other aspects, and that truly learning to live with gay displays of affection isn’t important, when it’s actually a pretty huge deal.

      “And even though I’m gay having a man be visually “passive” still looks weird as hell me in the context of a male female relationship. Seeing a man laying in the crook of a woman’s arm or to have a woman with her arm around a man’s shoulders comforting him still boggles my brain. Not offensive or uncomfortable to the point of disgust, mind you, but weirdness that could register as discomfort.” – Again, I get how much society and culture play a big part on genre expectations. I have been there. But this is the kind of hang-up that straight-dominant society has made accepted but it’s not healthy. I don’t think simply admitting is a good thing. It’s just one step. So I don’t think it’s okay to hold on to that and sorta let it slide because society allowed us to.

      But like the gay men kissing thing, just accepting that, or thinking that being honest about it is enough let’s it reinforce as habit even while you’re aware of the problems with that. And it’s by confronting that, in dialogue like this, that we can maybe have some kind of minor progress or a casual step that might lead to advances about perspective on what you call “passive” role. So while it’s someone’s right to say what you’re saying and while I can understand how the reaction came to be, it should also be understandable that I or someone else would respond rather than just leave it be. Because it isn’t about attacking as much as it’s opening dialogue, and I truly believe this is one thing that must be addressed. But it’s the details of how we engage in gender roles that define how much we get better at this. The more we change the little things about us with lingering minor problems about gender roles, the better and more mature our whole attitude about sexuality usually becomes.

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  22. I have not seen the original video yet but this one is funny! HAHAHAHA! That’s messed up! lol. Okay folks gotta’ get back to work. If any of you want to work from home, we are hiring. Visit http://www.7days2success.com

  23. What the fuck happened in here?

  24. Personally, I think side by side makes it even better.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BWTNYFCNVs

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