Drunk hurricane girl sparks meme: viral video spotlight
Wednesday 31 August 2011
A woman who, already a little merry, braved the hurricane warning in Baltimore in order to go drinking has become an internet sensation thanks to a memorable sound bite from the reporter interviewing her.
Drunk Girl on CBS News Affiliate In Baltimore shows TV footage of a reporter outside in the rain during the hurricane warning that was in place across the US East Coast this weekend.
During the report a young lady holding an umbrella appears on camera. When asked what she is doing she replies "getting drunk tonight," then she later runs across the street, presumably towards the bar, turning her umbrella inside out in the process. The reporter them remarks "The streets are empty and the bars are full."
The video has become a meme after recently being featured on influential sites including the dailywh.at and buzzfeed.com; it was also accepted on offbeat internet culture and meme database knowyourmeme.com.
On YouTube alone the video has been viewed over 200,000 times since being uploaded on August 27 and statistics show it is most popular with women aged 18-34 and men aged 45-54 from North America and Australia.
"Drunk girl on CBS News Affiliate In Baltimore" is available to watch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwgCD9hVSbI
Other internet trends to emerge from Hurricane Irene include numerous covers of Dexy's Midnight Runners' " Come on Eileen " and a trending video of an unfortunate news reporter who, while reporting on the hurricane, gets mobbed by a group of half-naked men.
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