General Larry Platt, of course, is our generation’s Susan Boyle, achieving overnight celebrity with his American Idol audition of an original song called “Pants on the Ground.” But maybe his song was not so original after all! Now, there are already a couple of important questions that have been raised about General Larry Platt. For one thing, how did he even get in front of the American Idol judges in the first place? Eligible contestants cannot be older than 28. Where was the security? At what point did the chain of command break down? WHAT IF SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED TO SIMON COWELL? This is just like when Tareq and Michaela Salahi crashed a party at the White House back in 2009. The other interesting question about General Larry Platt is how he is not a general. I guess that’s not so much a question as it is a statement of fact. I’m not saying that General Larry Platt hasn’t done interesting or important things in his life, and everybody loves having a cool tough nickname. But it is kind of weird when you go on television and say that you are a general and then people are like “oh wow, you’re a general,” and you’re just sort of like “General Larry Brown, that is me,” because, you know, you are not a general.
But now there is a new question about Mr. Platt. And that is whether or not he plagiarized his song “Pants on the Ground” from a song by the Green Brothers called “Back Pockets on the Floor.” (BACK POCKETS ON THE FLOOR!) Possible video evidence after the jump:
Suspicious! Of course, this is the Internet, so it can be hard to fact-check these things. It is entirely possible that the Green Brothers recorded “Back Pockets on the Floor” after seeing the success of
General Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground” and hoping to get some of that fire for their own novelty-partially-built-on-mockery-and-schadenfreude musical careers. Your honor?