The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

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Randall, the "honey badger" narrator and author, at a book signing event.

The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger is a YouTube viral video and internet meme that first appeared on the internet in January 2011.[1] The video features commentary by an effeminate, New York-accented narrator who is identified only as "Randall" that is dubbed over pre-existing Nat Geo Wild footage of honey badgers.[2]

Background[edit]

Randall stated he chose to redub the National Geographic footage because "this animal eats King Cobras, demolishes animals, and this narrator that is so boring, so I said, 'we need to spice this thing up.'"[3] Randall has also stated he first gained an interest in animals by way of his father, a cameraman for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.[4] While not much information has been officially released about the narrator, the New York Observer has claimed a press release for a potential television show based on the video reveals Randall as "Christopher Gordon."[5] Gordon's Twitter account, however, lists him as Randall's assistant.[6]

Critical response[edit]

The video received much attention in early 2011, garnering over 69 million views since its release.[7] References to the video have appeared in American Pickers, Hot in Cleveland, and Glee,[8] with frozen yogurt chain Red Mango offering a flavor named "Honey Badger".[9] The video has been listed as a favorite by Taylor Swift and Olivia Wilde.[10][11] In July 2013, a professional indoor soccer team renamed itself Laredo Honey Badgers.

Spin offs[edit]

Honey Badger Don't Care
Author

Randall;

Christopher Gordon
Country United States
Language English
Genre Humor
Publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing (Hardcover edition)
Publication date
2011
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 72
ISBN 978-1-4494-1965-3

Honey Badger Don't Care[edit]

In January 2012 Andrews McMeel Publishing released a book featuring comedic commentaries about the honey badger and ten other animals of the wild kingdom.[12] In addition to the honey badger, the book also includes chapters on the aye-aye, the Tasmanian devil, the Emperor tamarin, the pink fairy armadillo, the tarsier, the opossum, the solenodon, the wombat, the American bullfrog, and the sloth.[13] Reception to the book has been mixed to positive, with Audubon Magazine writing that the book was "memorable".[14] Willamette Week called the book "amusing, but much of the humor of the video is lost without Randall’s narration".[15]

Mobile app[edit]

Collaborating with MEDL Mobile, Randall launched "The Honey Badger Don't Care" app in 2011 with an updated version relaunched in 2013. [16] The app was made available on both the Google Play store as well as the Apple iTunes store.

Television[edit]

Randall has voiced several commercials for products such as pistachios and virtual phone systems.[17][18][19]

In 2012 Randall stated that he was developing a television show with Six Eleven Media entitled Honey Badger U.[20] The show would be a mixture of live action and animation.[21] However, no further developments have ensued; the project appears to have fallen through.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Chat With Randall: On Nasty Honey Badgers, Bernie Madoff And Fame Forbes
  2. ^ Honey Badger Don't Care: The Best Nature Video Of All Time Huffington Post
  3. ^ Honey Badger Voice Guy Randall Seen in New Video by TMZ Gather Celebs
  4. ^ Meet the Honey Badger Don't Care! His name is Randall. My Northwest.com
  5. ^ Honey Badger Don’t Care…About New TV Show New York Observer
  6. ^ Does Randall Exist? Meet the Man Behind the Honey Badger Phenomenon (Video) New York Observer
  7. ^ Review: Randall, of Honey Badger Video Fame, Pens Book About More Crazy Animals Audubon Society
  8. ^ Chasing the elusive honey badger Columbus Dispatch
  9. ^ Red Mango to Offer New Froyo Flavor and Honey Badger Don’t Care FoodBeast
  10. ^ 'Honey Badger' Creator Randall Responds To 'Amazing' Praise From Taylor Swift Yahoo News
  11. ^ Building a 'Honey Badger' Empire CNBC
  12. ^ 'Honey Badger Don't Care', but we do USA Today
  13. ^ Randall the Honey Badger guy made an 'anti-old-school animal book' Zap It
  14. ^ Review: Randall, of Honey Badger Video Fame, Pens Book About More Crazy Animals Audubon Magazine
  15. ^ Booher, Emilee (January 18, 2012). Honey Badger Don’t Care Willamette Week. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  16. ^ Honey Badger Don't Care app MEDL Mobile, Inc.
  17. ^ Jensen, Jeff. (2011-09-30) Honey Badger sure likes pistachios | PopWatch | EW.com. Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-07.
  18. ^ Randall's 'Honey Badger Don't Care' spinoffs Red Eye Chicago
  19. ^ Honey Badger Goes Dancing With The Stars: A Brief Meme History Forbes
  20. ^ Smith, Jami. "Honey Badger Says, “Read This Book, Stupid”". Advocate. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Greenfield, Rebecca. "The Man Behind the Honey Badger Is a Creature of the Internet". Yahoo. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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