Remember that time that girl did some freaky handstand twerking move and then she fell over and caught on fire? Of course you do. Everybody has seen the video of a young woman trying her best to do the dance that Miley Cyrus owned at the MTV Video Music Awards. Unfortunately for the young woman in the video, there was no Robin Thicke to grind up against or shake her booty at. She had to make do with the front door of her what appears to be tiny little apartment. The video, aptly titled, “Worst Twerk Fail Ever,” has been on the tip of tongues for days now.
If you haven’t seen the video, it goes a little something like this. A young woman, Caitlin Heller, decides to make a little video for her man. What could be more romantic than twerking? A lot of things really, but Caitlin did her best to set the mood and is seen going about and lighting candles in her abode along with several others that are already burning. The room is fully lit, but candles were just part of the ambiance.
The music starts and she starts shimmying and shaking a bit, but the music isn’t loud enough. She wiggles over and cranks it up and really starts getting into the groove of things. And then, for whatever reason, she goes into a handstand up against what turns out to be the front door. Just as she is really getting into the twerking rhythm, the door opens and she falls backwards onto the coffee table. The coffee table is covered in candles.
The interloper who knocked her pal into a burning table does the whole “I’m sorry” thing while obviously trying to figure out what kind of hanky panky was going on. She didn’t have time to think too hard on it because poor old Caitlin was going up in flames and not from embarrassment. The candles lit her pants and all you hear is screaming and see some furtive action as she tries to beat out the fire and then nothing. The camera cuts out and you are either laughing or worried about the fate of the poor misguided Caitlin.
Well, if you were in either of those camps, joke is on you. And the rest of the world who laughed at poor Caitlin. Turns out Caitlin doesn’t exist. She wasn’t trying to upside down twerk for her boyfriend in a candlelit room. It was all a hoax. While the world was laughing at the silly girl in the video, she was laughing all the way to the bank.
Jimmy Kimmel revealed his role in the video that went viral on his show last night. More than 9 million people watched the video with the majority confident in its authenticity. Of course, there were those who were a bit more skeptical and were convinced it was staged. They have clearly been burned before and were a bit more wary to believe what they saw on the internet. There were those of course who declared twerking to be a dangerous activity, physically and morally. Oddly enough, the word twerk had just made it into the dictionary and it is already heading towards banishment.
Kimmel revealed that the girl in the video was actually a stuntwoman named Daphne Avalon. The video was somewhat of a test by Kimmel and his team. He did nothing to promote it. The video was quietly posted and it blew up from there in a true testament to the phenomena known as going viral. Everybody was talking about the silly girl who caught herself on fire. Even the news outlets were reporting on the story. With the Miley Cyrus performance still fresh in everyone’s mind, many blamed the singer for causing this girl bodily harm. Miley did it, so now everybody has to do it. Of course, Miley wasn’t upside down nor did she have open flames around her.
Let this be a lesson to all. First, don’t laugh at other people’s misfortune. They may very well be laughing at you and you will truly be the butt of the joke. Secondly, don’t believe everything you see on the internet.