Double Rainbow (viral video)

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Paul Vasquez in June 2012

Double Rainbow was a viral video filmed by Paul "Bear" Vasquez (September 5, 1962[1] – May 9, 2020[2]). The clip, filmed in his front yard just outside Yosemite National Park, in the U.S. state of California, shows his ecstatic reaction to a double rainbow which he described as the "Eye of God". As of May 2020, Vasquez's video has accumulated more than 47 million views on YouTube.[3]

Background[edit]

Vasquez was a native of East Los Angeles, where he served as a Los Angeles County firefighter.[4] After two years, he re-settled in Yosemite in 1985, eventually buying an eight-acre plot, marrying with two children before divorcing, becoming a truck driver[4] and participating in a single mixed martial arts bout.[5]

Vasquez lived on a mobile farm outside Mariposa, California, approximately 10 miles (16 km) from Yosemite, where he operated a farm and uploaded occasional videos of his life.[4]

In a May 3, 2020, Facebook post, Vasquez spoke of feeling feverish and having trouble breathing. However, he refrained from going to a hospital, as he looked forward to reincarnating and "enjoying the ride". On May 9, Vasquez died in the emergency room of John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa, California. Vasquez was tested for COVID-19 but no results have yet been released.[2]

History[edit]

The amateur video shows the view from Vazquez's property into the skies above the Yosemite Valley on an unspecified date in January 2010. After moving away from several trees that interfere with the scene, Vazquez enjoys an unobstructed view of a semicircular double rainbow. Vasquez's reaction captures his intense emotional excitement; he weeps with joy and moans ecstatically, uttering phrases such as "Double rainbow all the way across the sky," "What does this mean?" and "Too much!"[3]

Vasquez posted the video to YouTube himself as user Hungrybear9562 (now Yosemitebear62) on January 8, 2010. On July 3, comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel linked to the video in a post on Twitter,[6] saying that he and a friend had declared it the "funniest video in the world." The video quickly gained over one million views.[7]

A July 16 feature on the video by CNN.com stated that the video had gained 4.8 million views.[8] The video gained Vasquez a feature on the comedy show Tosh.0. ABC News describes the video as "a three-and-a-half-minute emotional journey," with Vasquez confirming his sobriety during recording.[9]

On July 26, 2010,[10] Bear was interviewed by Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On the December 16 episode,[11] he was awarded Video of the Year and appeared in a video short created by the show for the event.

Aftermath[edit]

On July 5, 2010, the Gregory Brothers auto-tuned the video under the name "Double Rainbow Song". Their video has since gotten over 39 million views and has become a viral video in itself, almost surpassing the original in number of views.[12] The song was covered by Amanda Palmer, Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and The Axis of Awesome during a live recording of a charity show in the UK.[13]

In 2011, Vasquez appeared in a commercial for Vodafone New Zealand,[14] parodying the video.

The video appears as the first scene of the 2013 movie We're the Millers.[15] Two years earlier, Bear had appeared in Jennifer Aniston's ad for Smartwater.[16]

On May 9, 2016, Bear appeared on the Slooh live broadcast of the Transit of Mercury. Part of Slooh's goal was to capture a diverse history of Mercury, how it has been interpreted throughout the years, and the meanings people have attributed to it. With an enormous smile, he discussed his excitement for the rare event. Like the day he saw the Double Rainbow, Bear felt that the Mercury Transit had significant life meaning for him. In this way, Bear was able to provide a sense of wonder and joy that shows the deep connection people feel for the cosmos.[citation needed]

This video was featured in 2016 YouTube's April Fool prank and it can be watched with Snoop Dogg in 360 "SnoopaVision".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Golub (July 12, 2010). "Double Rainbow Guy v. Henry David Thoreau". Forbes. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Farrow, Deke (May 10, 2020). "'Double Rainbow' guy of viral-video fame dies in Mariposa. Paul was a bright spot.'". Fresno Bee. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10". YouTube. January 8, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Martinez, Michael; Gannon, Matthew (November 5, 2015). "'Double Rainbow Guy' of YouTube fame: Where is he now, man?". CNN. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Paul "Hungry Bear" Vasquez MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  6. ^ "Twitter / Jimmy Kimmel: my friend Todd has declare". Twitter.com. July 3, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  7. ^ "Double Rainbow Meme Takes Web by Storm". Mashable. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  8. ^ Brown, Damon (July 16, 2010). "How the 'double rainbow' video blew up". CNN.com. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  9. ^ Creed, Ryan (July 10, 2010). "'Double Rainbow' Guy Paul 'Yosemite Bear' Vasquez Was Sober ... This Time". ABC News. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "IMDb / Jimmy Kimmel Live! Johnny Knoxville/Amanda Crew/Ali Fedotowsky/Grace Potter & the Nocturnals". July 26, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "IMDb / Jimmy Kimmel Live! Episode #9.56". December 16, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "Double Rainbow Song".
  13. ^ "The Five Best/Funniest Double Rainbow Covers". Cover Me. August 2, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  14. ^ "Vodafone Double Rainbow". Vodafone New Zealand. January 12, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "We're the Millers Review". IGN. August 6, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "Jennifer Aniston Has Dancing Babies, Cute Puppies, and a Double Rainbow in Her Smartwater "Sex Tape"". POPSUGAR. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  17. ^ Barr, Chris Scott (April 1, 2016). "YouTube's SnoopaVision takes immersion to the next level [April Fools] - SlashGear". www.slashgear.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017.

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