The name doesn't yet ring a bell yet, I'm sure, but you'd recognize him even if you saw the slightest snippet of news over the past day or so.
He's the guy sitting in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser after his arrest for public intoxication. He belts out the famous Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" on his way to the police station in, um, memorable fashion. See for yourself, with more thoughts on this below the vid:
The charge against Wilkinson is public intoxication. He might have a case strong enough to get acquited, as far as I can tell.
True, screaming the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" in its entirety after an arrest and while sitting in a police cruiser doesn't exactly strengthen Wilkinson's case. And, not to be negative, but I'm afraid Wilkinson can't really match Freddie Mercury's awesome vocal pyrotechnics as he sings the song.
But, in Wilkinson's favor, he remembers all the lyrics to "Bohemian Rhapsody." If you've seen any drunken driving arrest videos, most arrestees can't even manage to recite the ABCs. Which proves there is some cognitivie function there.
According to the Edmonton Journal, Wilkinson received the video of him singing in the cruiser when he obtained arrest records from the RCMP so he could defend himself in court. He decided to post the video onto YouTube and the rest is history, according the Edmonton Journal report.
Even of Wilkenson is ultimately convicted, he still stands to gain from this experience. Other colorful personalities have gotten fame and fortune from YouTube after their, um, unique perspectives went viral.
|Chris Crocker urging us, via YouTube to Leave Britney Alone!!|
There's Chris Crocker, the "Leave Britney Alone" guy, who came to the defense of Britney Spears, in a rather dramatic, loud, tearful manner, when Britney was being hounded by the press. And he proved that fans could be bigger drama queens than celebrity drama queens.
He says he's a singer songwriter whose sold 100,000 downloads of his music. He also put an obnoxious self-promoting advertising overlay over his famous video, which has gotten 43 million hits. So Crocker's making money, it seems.
Then there's the double rainbow guy, who was so taken by an admittably awesome double rainbow over Yosemite that he was reduced to a long bout of babbling and tears over the beautiful sight. I guess nature can do that to people. Or pot. Or both.
His video has 33 million hits, and he's selling merchandise from the notoriety, including t-shirts and some sort of double rainbow iPhone download.
Then there's Antoine Dodson, who a couple years ago had what was certainly one of the most memorable interviews on a local television station. He was understandably annoyed at the guy who broke into his home and tried to attack his sister. He was trying to frighten the attacker via the TV news and I'm sure he succeeded.
The news clip video has gotten 41 million hits, and Dodson has had gotten some money and attention from that, so he's good to go.
I think it's my turn to win fame and fortune via YouTube. I've got to find a way to be arrested for public drunkeness while tearfully defending Britney Spears, while simultaneously telling a local television reporter how much I hate an attacker, while marveling at a double rainbow and singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" badly.
Gotta go. Time to practice for my upcoming Internet fame!