For those of you don’t know, the tackle in the video above is courtesy of Kimbo Slice. Kimbo is an Internet celebrity/phenomenon. He has a series of backyard brawls (fist fights for money) that are some of the most viewed videos on YouTube. He became so famous that he recently signed a deal with EliteXC (a mixed martial arts league) to become a legitimate MMA fighter. ESPN’s E60 did a feature on Kimbo last night. He also is developing a show for BET called The Iron Ring. In the video above, someone is dumb enough to get tackled by Kimbo for $100 – the results aren’t pretty.
The Internet truly is amazing. It makes me think of a memorable quote from the movie Fight Club. Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, has a great line in one of his monologues:
“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
Tyler might have a different opinion as we head into 2008. With YouTube, blogging, etc. Everyone has the opportunity to become a “micro-celebrity”. Some of those “micro-celebrities”, like Kimbo Slice, even cross over to the main stream.