The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

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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.'" Randall also stated that he would be overjoyed if a he had the honor of meeting a real honey badger. "If I met a real one, I would, probably like, let it bite my balls off if it wanted to.", states Randall in a 2014 interview with Celebs Daily.[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]

Response[edit]

The video received much attention in early 2011, garnering over 69 million views since its release. Randall has also been noted as homosexual due to his voice in the video. He denies this, but various sources has confirmed that this "rumor" is true.[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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