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You Tube Breakup Sensation was Staged
say it aint so! - The pair weren't even dating!

 2:41 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)


I happened to catch the "breakup" just a couple hours after it was posted on gootube. A friend sent me a link. Now we find out that the entire thing was staged and they were actually actors.

Valentine's Day breakup of two North Carolina college students that featured singers, hundreds of spectators and a profanity-laced tirade was a hoax after all.

Ryan Burke confessed Monday that the confrontation, which became an instant hit on YouTube.com, was all a stunt to show the power of Internet communities and the amount of money that companies make from them. The pair weren't even dating.

The fake breakup garnered plenty of attention, including more than 747,000 hits on YouTube, where users post video online, and local and national media coverage. "The fact that actual news agencies are interested was a surprise," Burke told The Charlotte Observer. "



 2:52 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Any major public display could be a stunt. The bigger it is the more likely it's a stunt. Some of them are never revealed as stunts but they were stunts all along. Even if the author never "intended" it to be a stunt.

See why I don't trust break-ups, make-ups or even proposals? ;)

Trust nothing of what you hear and only 50% of what you see.


unless it's youtube/ facebook/ other kid scrawl (e.g., myspace) in which case scrub that 50% and make it 1%


 5:52 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Youtube = Jerry Springer for nerds. Everyone wants to try their acting skills.

The Contractor

 5:59 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Youtube = Jerry Springer for nerds. Everyone wants to try their acting skills.

I'm with you - I have been sent a couple links that wre halfway interesting. I think people have entirely too much time on their hands if they spend any amount of time on those types of sites.


 6:18 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm suspicious of those vids purporting to catch a guy doing the nasty by themselves or with someone else on a stovetop etc. Those have to be staged, but they seem to rise to the top of YouTube with fair frequency.


 6:25 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Nope, never seen one of those. How often do you go there, mb? ;)


 6:34 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Enough to know it's the next wave so I better trailblaze ways to exploit it so people like you who don't visit can follow in my dust... a year or two later. ;)


 7:07 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

There was news posted here a few weeks ago that was talking about Google sharing youtube's revenue with the owners of the videos. These kind of stunts can easily earn good cash for some people. So we are going to a see a lot of these in the coming months/years.


 7:24 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

Enough to know it's the next wave

Damn! I'd better buy a stovetop for my office, pronto. :)


 7:27 pm on Feb 27, 2007 (gmt 0)


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