The viral video of a woman twerking and setting herself on fire with a candle has now been revealed by Jimmy Kimmel to be a prank. The news media has reached a new low with reporting on this one, since every news channel in America was showing this video of the woman catching fire. On Monday night, Kimmel revealed: "To the conspiracy theorists on the Internet who thought the video was fake: You were right it was fake," Kimmel played an extended version of the video, where he appears with a fire extinguisher at the end.
If you want to talk about setting a bad example for children in the media, this might be it. Children everywhere recite "stop, drop and roll" to learn about fire safety. This video became a sensation not because the woman was "twerking," but because she made very poor decisions. This is a great teaching tool, but of course because Jimmy Kimmel is behind the whole thing little complaint will be heard. Setting yourself on fire isn't really a funny joke.
While critics were quick to blame Miley Cyrus' VMA performance for the girl setting herself on fire, Kimmel proved an even bigger point- in this world of over saturated information, we are way too quick to place blame for society's problems. He also proved just how stupid we can be. The video was placed online, and not promoted on any social media outlets whatsoever. The news media may need to stop tweeting and go back to a more old fashioned way of reporting. As for Kimmel, he really got all of us good!