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HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA [Warning: "Music"]
posted by obscurator (33 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: As delightful as I find this, it looks like it is in fact a double. -- restless_nomad



 
Double-ish.
posted by dazed_one at 2:43 PM on November 17, 2012


Wow, that old? It feels so fresh.
posted by obscurator at 2:44 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is the original version, for what it's worth: http://vimeo.com/8564338
posted by flatluigi at 2:54 PM on November 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


[A seven-year-old post with a dead link usually gets a pass as a double - carry on. ]
posted by restless_nomad at 2:55 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


and the link in the thread over there no longer works.
posted by seawallrunner at 2:55 PM on November 17, 2012


Huh.. I was thinking it would be a different HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA
posted by mediocre at 2:56 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love the video, but the way the site bases the video's aspect ratio on the size of your browser drives me up the wall.

Flatluigi, thanks for the link.
posted by dragoon at 3:00 PM on November 17, 2012


But this is also a double from last week.
posted by roofus at 3:00 PM on November 17, 2012


[A seven-year-old post with a dead link usually gets a pass as a double - carry on. ]

How about removal because even my parents posted it to Facebook eighteen months ago?
posted by Talez at 3:05 PM on November 17, 2012 [8 favorites]


I expected this one.
posted by oddman at 3:05 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


How about removal because even my parents posted it to Facebook eighteen months ago?

Instant prehisssstoric!
posted by BlueHorse at 3:09 PM on November 17, 2012


I expected this one.

Just a ripoff of this one.
posted by Talez at 3:09 PM on November 17, 2012


I was positive it was going to be this one.
posted by eddydamascene at 3:10 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Every generation must re-invent YTMND for itself.
posted by Tomorrowful at 3:11 PM on November 17, 2012 [8 favorites]


From before the land of time where links were created... I SAID HEY!
posted by cavalier at 3:12 PM on November 17, 2012


I was positive it was going to be this one.

Just a ripoff of this one.

I can keep going all day here!
posted by Talez at 3:14 PM on November 17, 2012


I don't want to start a conflagration here, but this is funny because it's super gay, right?
posted by phaedon at 3:18 PM on November 17, 2012


Yes, that is correct.
posted by elizardbits at 3:26 PM on November 17, 2012


Just a ripoff of this one.
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:33 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


For a more thorough discussion of The Incredibly Overt Gayness of He-Man, there is always Nostalgia Chick.
posted by restless_nomad at 3:37 PM on November 17, 2012


HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA got me so messed up that I had to go to
HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAAA.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:38 PM on November 17, 2012


When it comes to internet comedy that gets rediscovered every year or so, this is good, but not a patch on the Fensler Film GI Joe PSAs.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:57 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Obligatory.
posted by cthuljew at 4:04 PM on November 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh god, Fensler Film GI Joe.. comedy gold. I actually found a new fan for that a few weeks back.. I shuddered, a web geek who had not seen them.. good times. Help computer.
posted by cavalier at 4:06 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Our trivia team was named Roadblock's Body Massage.
posted by Madamina at 4:39 PM on November 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is now the time for cake?
posted by Strange Interlude at 4:41 PM on November 17, 2012


This better not be He-Man.
posted by mrgrimm at 4:44 PM on November 17, 2012


I don't find the video funny because "it's super gay" as much as I find it delightful because "it's super gay".

I find it funny because the lyrics and visuals are structured into a series of short campy jokes that undermine, while at the same time deploying, the masculinity of "He-Man" and his compatriots.

Their singing is melodramatic and wavers on the edges of harmony. "Skeletor" is rendered non-threatening and his machinations in the remix video are transformed (by music and editing) into a vague suggestion of danger: a kinder, gentler memento mori.

I never watched "He-Man" when I was a kid, and I feel like I'm formalizing (and poorly at that) some of what the remix does so eloquently and humorously. (To be clear, I'm not arguing these elements are things the authors intended--as I know quite well the pitfalls of intentional fallacy--as much as articulating one [my] experience of watching and "reading" the video.)

Gayness and "the club scene" are partial contexts in which these campy "skits" are coordinated into something that's very funny, but they are essential only in that they are part of this particular remix (historical contingency). Gayness and "the club scene" are not funny in all contexts, and there are many other funny elements in this remix that are neither about gayness or clubbing.

For example, the chat exchange between "He-Man" and "Man-At-Arms" wins laughs partly because of the "Message Received" and "Message Sent" sounds are ones many recognize from AOL Instant Messenger.

Often complex analyses of humor, like almost everything I've written above, kill jokes where they live. Plus, outside of psychoanalytic motivational theories, humor is not one of my areas of expertise. But some of what I know about humor and narrative theory reminds me that juxtaposition and intertextuality can generate complex and unpredictable effects. So, "He-Man" and "Man-At-Arms" chatting is (among other things) nostalgic, nonsensical, dreamlike (oneiric), humorous, and forward-looking.

tl;dr: I don't think (most) people find this funny because they find its (sub)textual references to gayness funny, though some inarguably will. The remix's humor is a product of a complex interaction between elements many of which are unrelated to gayness. In this remix, gayness seems to me more celebratory and liberating, but I acknowledge I may be splitting hairs at this point because, you know, this video is just awesome and funny.
posted by mistersquid at 4:46 PM on November 17, 2012 [5 favorites]


Ah, for a moment I thought it was this site
posted by seawallrunner at 4:48 PM on November 17, 2012


Silly me for confusing HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA with UALUEALUEALEUALE.
posted by bicyclefish at 4:54 PM on November 17, 2012


In this remix, gayness seems to me more celebratory and liberating,

Yeah, to be totally clear, it's funny because it's gay, and gayness is awesome. (And the question of "is this even subtext rather than text" when you look closely at He-Man in general is also pretty amusing, as jokes intended for adults in children's media tend to be.)
posted by restless_nomad at 4:57 PM on November 17, 2012


Actual double from 2010.
posted by Nomyte at 5:00 PM on November 17, 2012


Yeah, this has actually been posted at least seven times that I know of. This is probably the most-reposted thing I know of on Metafilter.
posted by koeselitz at 5:15 PM on November 17, 2012


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