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 a narrator identified only as "Randall", dubbed over pre-existing Nat Geo Wild footage of honey badgers.[2][3] Accompanying the narration is the Prelude from J. S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012. Since its release, the video has gained almost 100 million views.

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 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.[4] 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.[5] 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."[6] Gordon's Twitter account, however, lists him as Randall's assistant.[7]

Response[edit]

The video received much attention in early 2011, garnering over 90 million views since its release. 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 2012, Randall appeared on an episode of America's Got Talent, where he narrated over footage from the show.[12]

Spin offs[edit]

Honey Badger Don't Care
The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.jpg
AuthorRandall;
Christopher Gordon
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreHumor
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing (Hardcover edition)
Publication date
2011
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages72
ISBN978-1-4494-1965-3

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.[13] 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.[14] Reception to the book has been mixed to positive, with Audubon Magazine writing that the book was "memorable".[15] Willamette Week called the book "amusing, but much of the humor of the video is lost without Randall's narration".[16]

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.[17] The app was made available on both the Google Play store as well as the Apple iTunes Store.

Internet Video[edit]

In October 2020, The Lincoln Project released an online advertisement 'Covey Spreader'[18] featuring a voiceover by Randall. The ad is a parody of the 'Honey Badger Don't Care' video, spotlighting members of the Trump campaign who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the campaign.

Television[edit]

Randall has voiced several commercials for products such as pistachios and virtual phone systems.[19][20][21] In 2012, Randall stated that he was developing a television show with Six Eleven Media entitled Honey Badger U.[22] The show would be a mixture of live action and animation.[23] However, no further developments ensued.[citation needed]

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. ^ Hanson, Laura (January 24, 2017). "Beyond the Badger". Willamette Week. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Honey Badger Voice Guy Randall Seen in New Video by TMZ Gather Celebs
  5. ^ Meet the Honey Badger Don't Care! His name is Randall. My Northwest.com
  6. ^ Honey Badger Don't Care…About New TV Show New York Observer
  7. ^ Does Randall Exist? Meet the Man Behind the Honey Badger Phenomenon (Video) New York Observer
  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. ^ Hyman, Dan (August 16, 2012). "'America's Got Talent' Recap: YouTube Show Winners". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  13. ^ 'Honey Badger Don't Care', but we do USA Today
  14. ^ Randall the Honey Badger guy made an 'anti-old-school animal book' Zap It
  15. ^ "Review: Randall, of Honey Badger Video Fame, Pens Book About More Crazy Animals". Audubon Magazine. Audubon Society.
  16. ^ Booher, Emilee (January 18, 2012). Honey Badger Don't Care Willamette Week. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  17. ^ Honey Badger Don't Care app MEDL Mobile, Inc.
  18. ^ 'Covey Spreader'
  19. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (2011-09-30). "Honey Badger sure likes pistachios". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  20. ^ Randall's 'Honey Badger Don't Care' spinoffs RedEye Chicago
  21. ^ Honey Badger Goes Dancing With The Stars: A Brief Meme History Forbes
  22. ^ Smith, Jami. "Honey Badger Says, "Read This Book, Stupid"". Advocate. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  23. ^ Greenfield, Rebecca. "The Man Behind the Honey Badger Is a Creature of the Internet". Yahoo. Retrieved 8 May 2014.

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