We've discussed how whatever Miley Cyrus was doing at the VMAs wasn't really twerking, right? Or maybe we were all too distracted by her cow tongue antics to notice whether or not her booty had any pop. Anyway, regardless of her technical proficiency, it's clear that Miley's performance has encouraged all sorts of people to give the dance craze a try, including a girl named Caitlin, whose YouTube video went viral under this title "Worst twerk fail EVER: girl catches fire!"
That's exactly what happens in the video: she does a handstand against a door, twerks her butt, and then someone opens the door -- which causes her to crash into a nearby table that's covered in candles. The video ends as she shrieks in horror, her pantleg engulfed in flames.
The whole thing is both disturbing and deeply hilarious, and it racked up over 9 million views in less than a week. Now for the good news/bad news: the Twerk Fail Girl is TOTALLY FINE … because the video is a diabolically clever fake.
Here's the original video, which was posted by "Caitlin Heller" on September 3rd:
Caitlin included the following explanation:
I tried making a sexy twerk video for my boyfriend and things got a little too hot :)
WOW! Didn't expect all this attention. I'm fine. Just a little embarrassed!! THX!!
The clip instantly went viral, with some very serious media coverage musing that "It is unclear how badly the girl was injured or who she is," and my favorite, from the NY Daily News, "Twerking is the hot new fad, but for one girl it only left her burned."
As it turns out, the prankster behind the video is none other than Jimmy Kimmel. He revealed the hoax during his show on Monday night, confessing that "Caitlin" is actually a stunt woman named Daphne. Kimmel showed an "extended" version of the clip that includes him appearing (clad in a pink shirt and yoga pants) with a fire extinguisher at the end. Check it out:
I've got to hand it to Kimmel -- that was a masterful troll job. Golf claps for him, but I do think it's a little tragic that we're learning to become suspicious of magical moments supposedly caught on film. Twerking Girl on Fire now joins Golden Eagle Trying to Snatch Toddler in the category of BIG FAT DISAPPOINTING HOAXES. Not that I want people to get burned or eaten by birds of prey, but … oh, you know what I mean.
Did you see this twerk fail video before Jimmy Kimmel confessed it was a prank? Did you think it was real?
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