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A Zoned-Out Baby Asks You to ‘Dislike’ Female Genital Mutilation

Truly, filming a baby and putting in on YouTube is a pretty cliched way of garnering views. But, what about having a baby talk to you about female genital mutilation through balloons while it stares at you with dead eyes? Well, that’s something else.

Created with the hope of becoming the most “disliked” video on YouTube (it currently has 200), “The Dislike Baby” is as jarring as it is interesting. Hey, we can’t have the likes of Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black hogging all of YouTube’s ill will, can we? The video links to the website of the Orchid Project, an organization that seeks to end FMG globally. Is this an actual video from the Orchid Project, or is it along the lines of the entries for Cannes’ “Good Works” film projects? Either way, it got our attention.

Shocker, Part 17: W+K Wins the Webbys

To really no one’s surprise, the Webby Awards has awarded multiple top honors to Wieden + Kennedy for its Old Spice social media efforts including the Webby and the People’s Voice Award. W+K also won Agency of the Year and nabbed the most noms and wins across all categories. Is this a portent of doom for the rest of the nominees in the various ad award shows coming up? Yes, perhaps.

Anyhow, we know you’ve seen the Old Spice shenanigans before, so why not salute something else, namely the People’s Voice choice for Best Viral Video, which happens to be the “Bed Intruder Song” starring Antoine Dodson (above). Funny of Die nabbed the most wins in multiple categories (eight), W+K nabbed four and other Webby honorees included Justin Bieber (really), Arcade Fire for the Wilderness Downtown and Conan O’Brien for Team Coco. Check out the full list of winners here. The Webby Awards will officially take place on June 13 at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.

 

Eminem: The Most Popular Living Person on Facebook

Social media statistics service Famecount.com announced today that rapper Eminem now has 28.86 million fans on Facebook, making him the most popular living person on the world’s most popular social media website. This comes three days after Eminem became just the third person to pass 1 billion play counts on YouTube after Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

Eminem dethroned Lady Gaga for the top spot on the chart. Holding the #1 position on the chart for the past eight months after stripping the title from Barack Obama, she now sits in second place with 28.85 million. The current most liked person living or dead on Facebook? The late Michael Jackson with 29 million fans. What about the fastest growing star according to Famecount? Rihanna, who sits at third place among the living with 25.3 million Facebook likes.

A chart on Famecount’s website shows that Eminem’s rapid rise to the top started in June, correlating with the release of his wildly popular seventh full-length album, Recovery. While Slim Shady holds the Facebook crown, he’s still in third place in overall internet fame due to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber ruling YouTube and Twitter. Meanwhile, Groovecount.com, which also measures web fame across digital services, has Em second only to Lady Gaga.

The Music That Ruled Social Media in 2010

Online music chart website We Are Hunted has released their research for the last half of 2010, showing which artists won the year’s social media battle. Their findings, which measure artists’ “buzzworthiness” over their sales, produced some surprising results.

Oddly enough, British apocalyptic rockers Muse are the most popular band on the internet, which sounds wrong considering Lady Gaga and Kanye West never seemed to leave the public eye last year, and considering Twitter actually had to change its algorithms to stop Justin Bieber from being the top trending subject all day every day. If We Are Hunted’s charts are in any way accurate, how could a band like Muse be the biggest thing online? Well, ReadWriteWeb posed the same question to WAH’s co-founder and CTO Stephen Phillips, who replied, “Because we focus on what people are listening to and talking about, and ignore mainstream press, maybe we are getting a measure of dedicated music fans than the general populace.”

Even so, Phillips agrees that mainstream press does have a lot to do with a new artist gaining buzz. “Pitchfork, Prefix Magazine, NME, Hipster Runoff, Clash Music and Spin can blow up a new artist,” he said in the ReadWriteWeb interview. “If they give coverage, the blogosphere follows.” True, it’s not like those writers at Prefix Magazine ever give that Justin Bieber fellow any coverage.

Are You Ready for Best Buy, Bieber and the Blizzard of Ozz?

We mentioned this briefly yesterday, but why not take a closer look. When the Prince of F*cking Darkness aligns with the Prince of Annoying Haircuts for a Tron-themed Best Buy Super Bowl Ad, we’re going to take notice. I mean, look at that picture. What could possibly be going on?

Any further questions will have to be directed toward the strange minds at CP+B and director Bryan Buckley. While the ad, Best Buy’s first ever to air during the Super Bowl, has yet to be released online (credits and final tweaks are still being worked out according to Crispin), we can only assume it features Ozzy Osbourne and Justin Bieber racing on those motorcycles from Tron to a Girl Talk-helmed mash-up of “Baby” and “Crazy Train” with the narrator saying something along on the lines of, “At Best Buy, your pop culture fetishes don’t have to make any sense. Best Buy: It’s relatively cheaper here.” Then cue J-Biebs crooning “ooh” and Ozzy mumbling “F*cking motorcycles.”

How about it, Crispin? Did we prematurely blow your wad for you? I guess we’ll find out Super Bowl Sunday. Until then, there’s a photo gallery from the ad shoot after the jump.

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