Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Best Comments

By Gabe Delahaye / April 13, 2012

Hey, here’s a fun (read: self-indulgent) thing we can do! So, the Videogum four year anniversary party was this week, as you probably know. It was very fun! I mean, I had a good time, Kelly hated it. She said that it was like If You Can Count On Me was a party instead of a movie. But, so, in the spirit of that magical night to remember, and as a celebration of the hard-earned, battle-weary years Videogum has cut through the Internet jungle, let’s all post our favorite Videogum posts from throughout the ages in the comments! See what I mean about self-indulgence fun?! So fun. The funnest. (You seriously do not have to do this, we are just curious what you guys like. It’s hard to know sometimes. You’ll go crazy about something that seems like nothing and then sleep on a real work of art. That’s why we all still get along so well even four years into this marriage: because we keep each other on our toes!) In any case, Happy Birthday one more time to Videogum. Congratulations, we earned it, etc etch.

After the jump, the five Highest Rated comments, as voted on by you, the Lowest Rated comment, the winner of the Texting Man Meets Bear Caption Contest, and the Editor’s and Associate Editor’s Choice.

This Week’s Highest Rated Comments

#4 Frank Lloyd Wrong | Apr 10th Score:72

This was a campaign for Nike, but based on their flight path, I think this might be a larger promotion for Draw Something

PTERODACTYL!

Posted in: Everything About This Nike Video Is A Terrible Fucking Lie
#3 stu | Apr 10th Score:72

Just a couple plane tickets to Indonesia and a two-second shot of him running through a shoe factory away from actually being subversive!

Posted in: Everything About This Nike Video Is A Terrible Fucking Lie
#2 ReturnOfTheRealMatt | Apr 10th Score:87

Do people not realize that Hunter S. Thompson killed himself and Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose? Why do people always quote them as authorities on life fulfillment?

Posted in: Everything About This Nike Video Is A Terrible Fucking Lie
#1 capsulekei | Apr 10th Score:100

I’m so sick of these dialogues aimed my generation (20-somethings) that say basically you’re never going to have a fulfilling life if you don’t just quit your job and go on some around the world trip. It seems like all conversations about how fantastic travel can be has been conflated with this idea as well. Like if you just take off the one week of vacation you get from work each year and go on a short trip, you’re not really “getting it.” Not everyone can freelance their DJ blog for a six month bender to sleep under the stars in Malaysia and those that can need to stop acting like it’s just “so easy if you really want it!”

I find these conversations especially confusing as our same generation is being told how hard we’re going to have to work at the job market to make up for the fact that we’re entering it during a huge recession. We need to take out bigger loans, get higher degrees, take more unpaid internships, to start out our careers with smaller salaries, yet we should also be sky-diving in New Zealand or else our life is a total waste. How is anyone supposed to reconcile those two ideas? Ug, Eat Pray Shut Up.

Posted in: Everything About This Nike Video Is A Terrible Fucking Lie

[Assoc. Ed. Note: Very happy to see that every one of the top rated comments is from the Nike video post. UGH THAT VIDEO! Speaking of the Videogum birthday party that I ENJOYED VERY MUCH, it was nice to have a million conversations with all of you about how frustrating the Nike video was. Pretty good timing on that one. Congratulations capsulekei on your #1 best comment of the week and of the Nike video. A+. You really did it. Let's all try to forget about the Nike video for the next two days and have a wonderful, lighthearted weekend! Yay!]

This Week’s Lowest Rated Comment

#1 vglog | Apr 10th Score:-19
I don’t even have to read what you write anymore. I just downvote it automatically.
Posted in: Your Tuesday Hunger Games Update: Katniss VS. PETA

[Ed. Note: Hahaha, that is CRAZY RUDE. Like, borderline impressive how rude that is. Not just that you do that, which is kind of rude but also who cares, but that you would announce it for no particular reason. Why would you even bother to do that? Who do you think this kind of behavior wins points with? Do you respond to your mom's blog with a comment like that?]

This Week’s Caption Contest Winner

[Ed. Note: Congratulations, Dusky Panther! You earned it.]

This Week’s Associate Editor’s Choice

[Assoc. Ed. Note: Posted in response to a request for everyone to post baby pictures of themselves, obviously. Very well done, facetaco. Very good picture.]

This Week’s Editor’s Choice

southernbitch | Apr 10th Score:34

and another thing. i feel so, so bad for helen keller, and her legacy. yes, she is an amazing inspiration and persevered against tremendous odds to learn how to communicate. and do you know what she wanted to communicate? a message of radical socialism. she was a fervent member of the IWW, and a huge anti capitalist. fuck these dudes for appropriating a quote of hers in order to justify a flagrant waste of money and resources and to be a corporate shill by proxy.

Posted in: Everything About This Nike Video Is A Terrible Fucking Lie

[Ed. Note: I know that comments on that stupid Nike viral video post (the video is stupid, the post is obviously very very good and so smart/interesting/funny/sad) already did a full SWEEP of the week's best comments, but I also wanted to highlight this one because it's just very interesting! I sure hope it's true, because it's a factoid I'm going to be repeating at cocktail parties and panel discussions without ever bothering to look it up for verification.]