Comedienne Isabel Fay’s Tremendous Musical Tribute to Internet Trolls has gone viral, with almost 400,000 views in just two days.
The video is called ‘Thank You Hater‘, which is about Internet Trolling – the act of leaving aggressive and unconstructive comments on the internet pages of others, in particular on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and blogs.
The video is ironically up tempo featuring a cheerful song and dance routine, with bright colourful vintage outfits, all set against the backdrop of Isabel Fay sitting in a cafe reading a comment on her video by an Internet Troll saying:
‘i hope you get cancar. but id have a go on ur tits’.
To which the Fay’s response is wonderfully sarcastic:
‘Well hello friend Mister Insightful
Thank you for your comment on my little Youtube clip!
Most people say you’re cruel and spiteful,
But you’re right, how do I sleep at night? I am a massive pr*ck.’
Her frustration is not with criticism, but with the aggressive highly personal attacks witch people are being subjected to. It’s a frustration shared by many artists, some of whom were only too happy to contribute to her video, including Richard Herring, Dawn Porter and Misery Bear, who share some of the amusing comments they have received from Trolls.
The point of the video is to let the Internet Bullies know their aggressive, spiteful and unhelpful comments have no effect and are simply ignored:
‘You wished me cancer and misspelled “cancer”
But I know that it’s a metaphor. You hope that I will grow,
Just like the tumour you hoped would kill me
Inside the tits on which you said you’d also like a go.’
The video was made possible with the hard work of Isabel Fay, Producer Tom Hopgood and 70 volunteers in total. The overall result is a video that is well produced; Isabel and the cast look beautiful, the song is catchy, and it has been successful in eliciting responses.
Updates since fist post
- An old fashioned television interview took place on the BBC Breakfast program: http://youtu.be/Ura9buU7sog
- Thank You Hater was released as a single on iTunes with all proceeds going to the charity Beat Bullying the song went on to top the iTunes Comedy Chart
- The original video has now racked up 700k views