Big Poppa E

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Big Poppa E
Born Eirik Ott[1][2]
1967 (age 47–48)[3]
Residence Austin, Texas, United States[2]
Nationality American
Occupation Slam poet, writer
Known for The Wussy Boy Manifesto
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[3]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)[3]

Eirik Ott (born 1967), better known as Big Poppa E, is an American performer of slam poetry. His live performances combine poetry, stand-up comedy, and dramatic monologue in high-energy rants about relationships, pop culture, and hot issues of the day.

His best known work is the performance poem The Wussy Boy Manifesto, a humorous rant championing sensitive men that elevates such cultural icons as Duckie from Pretty in Pink and Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything... to role models.[4] Debuting in 1999, The Wussy Boy Manifesto garnered widespread attention, prompting Ms. Magazine to name Big Poppa E "an icon for effeminate males"[5] and The Los Angeles Times to proclaim him the "leader of a new men's movement."[3]

Apple Computer[edit]

Big Poppa E's viral video "Why I Got Fired From Apple" received well over a million hits on YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace. The clip detailed the uproar over the poem Oh! Canadian FedEx Lady! after it was performed at an Apple Computer employee talent show in 2005, two days after which Big Poppa was fired for undisclosed reasons.[1]

The poem was a comedic rant about a male worker in the Apple Computer call center who flirts over the phone with a female Canadian FedEx employee while keeping "rude, mean American customers" on hold.

The story of his firing was picked up in various news sources across the Internet and was used as an example of increased scrutiny of employee blogging and vlogging by companies that has led to firings.[2]


  1. ^ a b Singer, Michael (February 24, 2007). "Ex-Apple Employee's Firing Makes For Great YouTube Video". Information Week's Digital Life Weblog. 
  2. ^ a b c Cornell, Christopher (March 29, 2006). "Internet Complicates HR Decisions". Human Resource Executive Online. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hanania, Joseph (August 27, 2000). "Poet’s Mantra: I Am Wussy Boy, Hear Me Roar!". The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA). p. E1. 
  4. ^ Jones, Monika (May 23, 2002). "Big Poppa E's slam poetry rocks the HUB". The Daily (University of Washington). [dead link]
  5. ^ Smith, Patricia (August 2001). "Slammed". Ms. Magazine. p. 94. 

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