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April 17, 2014 2:37 PM   Subscribe

When his parents went out of town, 16 year old Corey Worthington threw a party. When 500 people showed up, things got out of hand. Eventually the police were called, who mobilized units including their air wing & canine teams to quell the disturbance (for which Corey is being billed $20,000). And in the aftermath, Corey gave this awesome interview.
posted by scalefree (83 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, stick around for the last line.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:40 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


The very personification of "zero fucks given".
posted by Sternmeyer at 2:43 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Corey previously
posted by ActingTheGoat at 2:43 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


Wow, this is an oldie. KnowYourMeme.
posted by zarq at 2:43 PM on April 17 [18 favorites]


Dick Casablancas in Australia?
posted by ubiquity at 2:44 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]


Is this a new version of project X?
posted by vuron at 2:45 PM on April 17


Damn, really? I even searched for "australia + party" & came up blank. Mrph.
posted by scalefree at 2:45 PM on April 17


vuron: "Is this a new version of project X?"

It *spawned* Project X.
posted by zarq at 2:46 PM on April 17 [7 favorites]


Can this really be 6 years old? Oof.
posted by dios at 2:46 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


It seems like it couldn't have been that long, and then you remember that the party took off because of a MySpace invite, and it doesn't feel like 6 years is long enough.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:49 PM on April 17 [38 favorites]


Damn, can't believe it has been so long since this vid made the rounds...
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 2:50 PM on April 17


I suggest this FPP stay up as a MeFi Memento Mori.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 2:52 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


This is hilarious. I missed it last time around. What happened to Corey??
posted by NoraReed at 2:53 PM on April 17


Alvy Ampersand: "I suggest this FPP stay up as a MeFi Memento Mori."

Seconded! (Why not? It's been six years and some folks obviously haven't seen it before.)

GUYS... GUYS... WE COULD THROW A KICKASS PARTY AND TERRORIZE REDDIT!
posted by zarq at 2:53 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


Send out the invitations on a modern social network, like Google+!

that was a joke about google+
posted by NoraReed at 2:56 PM on April 17 [8 favorites]


NoraReed, quick google search turns up a news article report that he proposed to a Borg.
posted by zarq at 2:57 PM on April 17


Of course, he's Cor[e]y.

What is it with people named Corey?
posted by Redfield at 3:01 PM on April 17


Wow - the program host sure isn't objective, is she?
posted by davebush at 3:01 PM on April 17 [8 favorites]


oh my god he has a twitter featuring the saddest retweets

also apparently he was on Australian Big Brother
posted by NoraReed at 3:03 PM on April 17


"A party that got out of hand? Oh, I'll bet this is that old video of an Australian kid who – ah, yep. That's what it is."
posted by koeselitz at 3:07 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


I suggest this FPP stay up as a MeFi Memento Mori.

Here are some other words that rhyme with Corey: gory, story, allegory, Montessori...
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:12 PM on April 17 [15 favorites]


Who hired that schoolmarm as anchor?
posted by chavenet at 3:13 PM on April 17 [8 favorites]


That just reminds me of when my sister had her sixteenth birthday back in 76, supposedly only for maybe ten friends, and over a hundred people showed up to our suburban home. It was a he'll of a mess but fortunately the patents were home, or it would have been a pre-YouTube worthy disaster.
posted by happyroach at 3:20 PM on April 17


I hate when this one pops up as it reminds me of probably the shittiest thing I have done, I was involved in with a house party when my parents were away that got way out of hand, place trashed, windows smashed, other bad things, etc. The memory of how sick I felt for the next 10 days (until my parents returned) of cajoling people with skills to come and help repair things... yuck.

This was 21 years ago, last year I brought it up with my parents for the first time since, it was quickly apparent that not enough time has passed.
posted by Cosine at 3:21 PM on April 17 [49 favorites]


Every kid has a story about a party that got out of hand. The internet just raised the stakes. Mine involves a friends annual anti-Valentines Day party held in his 2 bedroom apartment that one year unexpectedly had 300 people show up.
posted by mediocre at 3:29 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


I was well blacked out by the time the party even got to that point. I was 21, after all. But as I understand it, the whole of the complex gave in and became part of the celebration. Except for the crazy old alcoholic lady downstairs. But she was crazy, old, and an alcoholic. So no one seemed to notice. Someone out there has incriminating photos of me sloppily making out with some random "MILF-y woman, mid-30's, black hair" who showed up. And for some reason another one of me and another friend bowing in reverence to a flaming dildo.
posted by mediocre at 3:43 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


blah blah...I suggest you go away and take a good long hard look at yourself.

[pause]

I have. Everyone has. They love it.


SNAP.
posted by gottabefunky at 3:44 PM on April 17 [17 favorites]


Isn't this a double?
posted by hal_c_on at 3:45 PM on April 17


Ssssh!
posted by scalefree at 3:50 PM on April 17


This is precisely what drives the childfree movement.
posted by tommasz at 3:55 PM on April 17 [6 favorites]


Maybe we're in Groundhog day!
posted by jph at 3:55 PM on April 17


Corey got attacked in a park.
posted by item at 4:04 PM on April 17


Every kid has a story about a party that got out of hand.

Yea. Mine is that at my sisters 18th birthday, which had like 30 invited guests, about ten boys who knew some of the girls there came and hung around the front gate until my dad went out and said if they were still there in five minutes he'd call the police.

Is that what you meant?
posted by the agents of KAOS at 4:07 PM on April 17 [4 favorites]


Isn't this a double?

Yeah, but last time MetaFilter mostly hated him, and now MetaFilter mostly loves him. Have we changed so much in six years?
posted by straight at 4:07 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


(Probably the main thing that's changed his how sick we are of talking heads who sound like that lady interviewing him. She could make me feel sympathy for Rob Ford.)
posted by straight at 4:09 PM on April 17 [10 favorites]


Is that what you meant?

For being plural agents of KAOS your parties are pretty weak sauce, friend. Did you never get that shoe phone tech from CONTROL? It'd liven things up.
posted by mediocre at 4:17 PM on April 17


Every kid has a story about a party that got out of hand.

I don't. :( But I did chug a bottle of Riunite and throw up once.
posted by octobersurprise at 4:22 PM on April 17 [8 favorites]


Have we changed so much in six years?

I think it's that all of us got geared up for the Veronica Mars movie but no amount of new Dick Casablancas is really enough.
posted by NoraReed at 4:24 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


He was awful, but the news anchor was worse.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:54 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


> Every kid has a story about a party that got out of hand.

Yeah like that one time when Mikey got a toy shotgun for his birthday party and his mom was one of those "No toy guns!" people but she couldn't take it away from Mikey and Mikey started chasing all the girls around the house going "Pew! Pew! Bang! Bang!" until the girls were crying and so his mom and Robert's mom finally took it from him and then he started screaming too and threw one of his Hot Wheels and it hit the cake so he had to have a time out at his own birthday party.

Shit was wild, man.
posted by ardgedee at 5:23 PM on April 17 [20 favorites]


When I was a teenager, my parents went out of town and left me and my two younger siblings home alone. My brother was quite the party animal, and we ended up with a houseful of staggeringly drunk teenagers. Which was ok. By the time we got to the part of the night where people were passing out and etc, it was pretty late, so I figured screw it and went to bed.

And then one of the kids took another kid's car joyriding without telling anyone. Kid whose car it was freaks out and calls the cops to report that her car's been stolen, and at some time after that, the cops locate the car and the joyrider, who was sleeping in the car in the supermarket parking lot. Seven a.m., the phone starts ringing off the hook, the cops wanting us to come and give a statement, the car-thief's mother freaking the fuck out and screaming at me in broken English, etc.

We go down to the station, wearing pyjamas, still half-drunk, and reclaim the stolen car, have a horrible and awkward confrontation with the kid who took it who, it turns out, wasn't a citizen and was now at risk of deportation. Get home from the station and stare at the house, which is basically full of empty bottles, and the doorbell rings. My parents were coming home the next day, and while they'd been gone, my father had turned--I don't remember; some momentous number. So his friends showed up at our house with a hilariously ugly toilet from the 50s, and they'd like our (bumbling, hungover) assistance placing it in the middle of my father's beautiful, manicured, obsessively kept-up lawn.

It wasn't until some years later that I realised that the reason that my parents had rarely been like stay away from those kids, they're bad news! is because we were totally the kids that your parents warned you about.
posted by MeghanC at 5:45 PM on April 17 [13 favorites]


And in that vein, plus the retro theme that's haunting the blue, here's a fondly-remembered UK TV advert for something that qualifies for the "HTML Killed The Business Model" show (are the Buggles available for the theme tune? Pls check. Tnx).
posted by Devonian at 5:45 PM on April 17


I've been this kid, at least in terms of the interview response. "I'm already in trouble for an insane, absurd thing. I might as well take it all the way by getting in even more trouble. Who even cares anymore? Let's all just have a laugh at this." Adults rarely shared that point of view though.
posted by naju at 5:53 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


I hope this isn't a derail but since we're talking about the tv anchor---are Australian and English parents (and other adults) tougher on kids than Americans are? Because, based only on a few tv programs for pre-teens that my daughter used to watch, some of which came from Australia, England and maybe Canada, all the adults seem to talk to kids much more sternly than American parents.
posted by etaoin at 6:31 PM on April 17


So great. Six years on and I'm just seeing it for the first time, so my standard rate of Finding Out About Things has remained consistent.
posted by EatTheWeak at 6:57 PM on April 17 [7 favorites]


The new version of Craig Shergold that offers no ambivalence when shitting on him. . .
posted by Danf at 6:59 PM on April 17


Just to bring things into the present decade...
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 6:59 PM on April 17


What do we call the trope of scolding youth on a national broadcast? The tail end of that interview started to sound like a drill instructor episode of Maury Povitch. How great would it be if reporters busted out the apology demand during interviews of grownups as well? "Mr. Koch, how about you take this opportunity to apologize to your neighbors and your mother."

Corey retweets people calling him a "lad" pretty frequently. Is that Australian for "bro?"
posted by EatTheWeak at 7:08 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


This totally reminded me of this horrid schoolmarm interviewing Bob Marley. I feel sorry about all the cringing these poor women will have done in later years. (The post we had a few weeks ago on the BBC series on reggae history sent me straight down a reggae rabbit hole from which I've yet to emerge.)
posted by HotToddy at 7:10 PM on April 17 [5 favorites]


oh my god he has a twitter featuring the saddest retweets

also apparently he was on Australian Big Brother
posted by NoraReed at 3:03 PM on April 17 [+] [!]



Also, he has thrown vegemite sandwiches at Prime Ministers. As Australians do, I suppose.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:16 PM on April 17


This totally reminded me of this horrid schoolmarm interviewing Bob Marley.

I wasn't sure what was supposed to be so bad about that until about 1:41 when she was all "bad reputation!" and "but the marijuana!"
posted by sweetkid at 7:16 PM on April 17


John Mulaney has a good high school kid wild party story.
posted by dios at 7:24 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


Is it me or does the newscaster have a lazy eye?
posted by elwoodwiles at 7:25 PM on April 17


The kid was being a dick in that typical teenagerish way, but UGH that newscaster, by the end I was wishing that he would troll her harder.
posted by desuetude at 7:39 PM on April 17 [9 favorites]


Also, he has thrown vegemite sandwiches at Prime Ministers. As Australians do, I suppose.

Except Corey's never done such a thing, as a quick check reveals "The Stringer Daily is an Australian satirical news website". I guess this is supposed to be funny, though I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how.
posted by item at 7:49 PM on April 17


Thanks to the intersection of stupid and Internet, this guy will probably spend the rest of his life answering "what do you do for a living" with "I was on Big Brother once" and "I'm waiting to hear back from Survivor and TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest" and finally "I should get a few bucks if Where Are They Now calls".

Thank you, Internet, for not existing when I was this stupid.
posted by kjs3 at 8:10 PM on April 17 [2 favorites]


I had one of these parties. This was back in the late 80s when smoking-as-taboo was still in fairly early stages, so I didn't think much of everyone smoking in the house. Next day, as I was nursing the worst hangover evar (the last thing I remember was drinking tequila from a coffee mug, just taking sips as if it was coffee), I opened the windows to fumigate the place. I cleaned and cleaned, and got the place looking pretty well spic and span.

My parents returned, and didn't say a thing. A few days later, in their bedroom, they found a beer can someone had used as an ashtray. Oops.
posted by zardoz at 8:29 PM on April 17


This totally reminded me of this horrid schoolmarm interviewing Bob Marley.

Oh. My. God.

This is probably the pinnacle of her journalistic career. She'll never have a chance to talk with Bob Marley ever again. Just having met him is probably going to be a story she will tell people for the rest of her life. And instead, she spends her precious time with him hectoring the poor guy about how he looks and drug trafficking?
posted by Dip Flash at 10:01 PM on April 17


I guess this is supposed to be funny, though I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how.

Back around the time of the Misogyny Wars (google "Gillard Misogyny speech" if, like all the people here who missed Corey being a prat you somehow missed it) Australia's first female Prime Minister went to a high school for some reason or other.

Having spent three years being pilloried as a witch and a bitch by our now PM, and white-anted by the former PM that she knifed in the back, one whipper-snapper decided to throw his lunch at her for social media fame and the lulz. He got Internet famous, and so low was the regard given to Gillard there was a spate of sandwiches thrown at her for a short spell.

The "schoolmarm" interviewing that idiot Corey is (and I'm not going to watch his smug face again after all these years) is either the host of Today Tonight or A Current Affair, nightly topical current affair shows that are to current affairs as Fox is to news.
posted by Mezentian at 10:03 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


On the Big Brother thing, he was injected into the house for BB8 when it was nearing the end of its life on the Ten Network. Ratings were down and he was "controversial", and they hoped he'd spark some conflict and interest.

I can't recall, but I believe it when down like a lead balloon, he was boring and it was not renewed for 2009.

(And this charming man was the host at the time, which tells you what the hell they were thinking).
posted by Mezentian at 10:11 PM on April 17


#ThrowbackThursday
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 10:37 PM on April 17 [1 favorite]


He's an investment banker nowadays.
posted by oxford blue at 2:02 AM on April 18


The sad thing is I can believe that.
posted by Mezentian at 2:17 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


you know, some of us are born giving zero fucks, some of us learn the hard way to give zero fucks. I sort of admire Corey in that way, as an avatar of the innately zero-fuck giver.
posted by angrycat at 2:23 AM on April 18


I'm a bit baffled by the hatred here for the interviewer here, all the "schoolmarm" business and how awful and judgmental she was. This kid throws a house party, shows no remorse for his actions or the money his parents are on the hook for, and exhibits all the traits of a Lindsay Lohan-esque fame-obsessed psychopath. What was she supposed to say? "Cool story bro, I wanna party with you next time"?
posted by spoobnooble II: electric bugaboo at 4:15 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


I'm a bit baffled by the hatred here for the interviewer here,

You're not Australian.

I am baffled for the love this fuckwit (Corey) is getting here after six years.
Has society fallen so far, so fast?
posted by Mezentian at 4:22 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


I'm a bit baffled by the hatred here for the interviewer here

I didn't think she was too bad at first, but by the end it was way over the top. Here's why we hate her: She doesn't really mean it; antics like this are what keep her in business, after all. We know it, she knows it, and we know she knows it. It all comes across as phony bullshit because it is phony bullshit.

She's also not an authority figure. She isn't this kid's mom, employer, priest, or a cop. And the kid knows it, which is why he just keeps trolling her. She's nobody to this kid, just some random talking head.

So basically, her moralizing act inspires hatred because she's irrelevant, and comes off as insincere. That's my take on it, anyhow.
posted by mrbigmuscles at 5:53 AM on April 18 [5 favorites]


Metafilter: bowing in reverence to a flaming dildo.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:34 AM on April 18


This totally reminded me of this horrid schoolmarm interviewing Bob Marley.

My favorite line is "But you use such strong words like 'a hungry man is an angry man'"

Why do you hungry people always have to be so angry?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 6:54 AM on April 18 [4 favorites]


Hungry Games.
posted by krinklyfig at 7:18 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


I did chug a bottle of Riunite and throw up once.

Riunite on Ice, That's Nice!
posted by crazy_yeti at 7:34 AM on April 18 [1 favorite]


One of the other reasons I think the interviewer inspires hatred? Because she's so awful we side with the teenager we'd ordinarily dislike.

When first hearing about Corey Worthington, he sounded like some snot-nosed, terrible kid. But the interviewer (of, what must be noted, is a dreadful, tabloidesque show that thrives on manufactured outrage based on the conservative idea of the 'little Aussie battler') was trying to be such a scolding authority figure while having neither the authority or the moral standing, that his disrespect for her stopped being annoying and instead became justified.

The Australian character (mostly mythical, like all national characters) prides itself on a support for the little guy, a fair bit of larrikinism and an acceptable level of challenging authority. Before the interview, Corey had none of those things, but afterwards he had all three. All because she was just that terrible. For making us like a kid we had wanted to smack, she earned all of the scorn and then some.
posted by gadge emeritus at 7:55 AM on April 18 [4 favorites]


The Australian character (mostly mythical, like all national characters) prides itself on a support for the little guy, a fair bit of larrikinism and an acceptable level of challenging authority. Before the interview, Corey had none of those things, but afterwards he had all three.

No, he didn't.
This wasn't Ray Martin and the Paxtons.

(am I fighting a losing battle, uphill - both ways, in the snow?, because until today the number of people who sided with Corey, even after this, was zero.)
posted by Mezentian at 8:23 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


It's possible to think the news anchor was a humorless, phony prig without "siding" with the teenager. Ironic it should need saying, but this isn't a cable news show and we don't have to take sides.
posted by mrbigmuscles at 8:55 AM on April 18 [3 favorites]


Is the boy running naked with a hat over his junk the same boy being interviewed?
posted by MoxieProxy at 12:04 PM on April 18


Different guy. How do I know? No nipple ring. Also he's not wearing the Famous Glasses.
posted by scalefree at 3:06 PM on April 18 [1 favorite]


I think the anchor was flirting with him. I think he has a lot under his hat, including a sense of his rights. Watching his face I noticed he was not going to be baited, he had the whole interview under control. What an awesome kid! Watching him stand down his facial musculature to be bland with the interviewer was a sight to behold. I imagine a young Paul Hogan doing the same act. The kid knows what he has, and that party will likely be paid for by some entertainment concern.
posted by Oyéah at 4:18 PM on April 18


This happened in 2008, and the kid made most of the money to pay for damages, in the next weeks.
posted by Oyéah at 4:23 PM on April 18


I'm a bit baffled by the hatred here for the interviewer here

I'm baffled by your bafflement. Listen to what she says to him. Can you imagine saying anything that condescending to a stranger? And how much worse is it coming from some rich news presenter who has no real stake in his community, rather whose livelihood depends on stirring up and pandering to prurient interest in bad behavior of the kind she's hectoring him about? How dare she presume to represent and speak for whatever legitimate moral outrage there is about his behavior?
posted by straight at 4:33 PM on April 18 [3 favorites]


because until today the number of people who sided with Corey, even after this, was zero.

Maybe that you knew of, but demonstrably untrue.

It's possible to think the news anchor was a humorless, phony prig without "siding" with the teenager. Ironic it should need saying, but this isn't a cable news show and we don't have to take sides.

It was an adversarial interview. In my experience, thinking that Corey was justified in how he acted in the interview was something that both happened, and suggests that in that circumstance, people were taking his 'side'. Of course you can just think they're both terrible, but my recollection was what started off as a story about a wild house party and a dickhead teenager looped around to a certain respect for his position from many people purely because the interviewer made his demeanour sympathetic.

We don't have to take sides. For watching that interview, though, many, many people did.
posted by gadge emeritus at 6:01 PM on April 18 [1 favorite]


The patronising interviewer is part of the "royal family" of Australian tv. She married the son of the bloke who set up Channel 9 (on which she appears in that pathetic little piece) on behalf of the (Frank) Packer empire. And that father-in-law of hers (Bruce Gyngell) also happens to be the person who hosted the first broadcast of tv in Australia in 1956. She could have told Corey to kill himself live on air and she'd most likely still have a job.
posted by peacay at 8:58 AM on April 19 [1 favorite]


My favorite party memory is the night that we put out the beach bonfire by tucking a largish bomb with a chemical timer inside my hat and shoving them together down into the fire pit. And running. Bits of my hat were found and kept as relics for several years afterwards.

Unfortunately, being geeks there was nothing wild or out of control about this. In fact other than that the hat this was pretty much how we closed up beach parties.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 7:02 PM on April 21


Yeah, but last time MetaFilter mostly hated him, and now MetaFilter mostly loves him. Have we changed so much in six years?

To hazard a guess the demographic of MetaFilter skews much older now (probably about six years). Our wistful longing for youthful hijinx now outweighs just about everything else.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 7:55 PM on April 21


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