Has Viral Gone Too Far?

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“Don’t tase me, bro” a phrase uttered by Florida University student Andrew Meyer seconds before being tasered, is becoming a rapidly growing internet phenomenon. The phrase has bounced around hundreds of blogs, YouTube, world wide Newspapers and network television channels which could be expected after such an incident. However, “Don’t tase me, bro” has also been among one the most searched for phrases on Google in the past week, shown up on at least a dozen different t-shirt variations and donttasemebro.com was quickly registered along with .net, .org, .info, .mobi, .us, .biz, .tv, .ws, .co.uk and multiple other mispelled combinations of the phrase.

When we first began researching the phrase on Wednesday, the term was high on the list of the most searched for terms on Google and generated 148,000 search results. Today the phrase has skyrocketed to an amazing 248,000 Google search results. On Wednesday, the URL donttasemebro.com pointed to the University of Florida’s Wikipedia page but now the URL features an audio file of Bernie Machen, University of Florida President, giving an official response to the incident.

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The original viedo has been viewed over 2.5 million times and has since spawned a plethora of responses, mash-ups and even merchandizing. From bumper stickers to t-shirts, it appears that hundreds of enterprising individuals are eager to capitalize on selling the phrase. We are quite sure that this inadvertant, flash-in-the-pan marketing slogan will long be forgotten by this time next year it may come full circle and be just as retro as “Where’s the beef?” in ten.

Enjoy,
Pound

3 comments so far

  1. Brett on

    http://www.animebug.com has a shirt with that mantra on it, too. Its crazy how fast its spreading

    Link to the shirt
    http://www.animebug.com/index.php?page=catalog&itemID=37

  2. johenry on

    That tramp stamp should say “Don’t Tease Me, Bro”

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