John Cleese Answers YouTube Comments via YouTube VideoBy: Chris Richardson - February 17, 2012
One of the best aspects of social media is its world-shrinking capabilities. It, in many ways, allows regular folks to reach out and touch the people/entertainers they admire. Granted, you won’t always get a response to these contact attempts, but there’s a sense of satisfaction knowing the tweet you’re getting ready to post is aimed directly at the source, be it a professional athlete or a famous actor.
It should be noted that while Twitter is the most obvious place to connect with the upper crust of the entertainment industry, it’s not the only outlet. Facebook fan pages are another outlet. One social media hub where you might not expect to find this potential level of correspondence is on YouTube, particularly the comments section. It’s rare a noted celebrity will take the time to respond to YouTube comments, and when you consider what this kind of interaction normally entails — U SUK NOOB — it’s understandable.
That’s why, when you see a YouTube video titled “John Cleese Carefully Considers Your Futile Comments,” and it concerns some of the comments made at the Monty Python YouTube Channel, it’s hard not to get excited with thoughts of the brilliant Cleese reacting to the average YouTube denizen. While the “U SUCK NOOB” comments have been left out, Cleese isn’t just responding to “Monty Python Rules!!!11!1!” posts, either.
See for yourself. Be sure to keep an eye out for Cleese’s responses at the 1:50 mark and at the 2:39 timestamp. To give you an example, at the 2:39 mark, Cleese responds to the following comment: “Easy to masturbate to.” Cleese’s reaction is classic:
With that in mind, I’d love to see someone like President Obama do something like this. Just a no-hold barred reaction to some of the YouTube comments made in his name. It would be primetime viewing-worthy. In case you haven’t been indoctrinated, the Monty Python YouTube Channel is full of great stuff, including numerous clips of the show that made Monty Python so endearing.
And it has John Cleese responding to YouTube comments. What else could you ask for?