Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Harlem Shake, Downton Arby’s, and U.S. Military

By: Gini Dietrich | February 22, 2013 | 
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Sun to SnowBoy! What a difference one week makes!

Jamaica last week. Snow this week. I’m certainly not complaining – I got the best of both worlds in a matter of seven days.

But look at the difference!

It’s been a kind of quiet week, particularly for those who had to stuff five days into four. Hope it was as productive for all of you as it was for me.

This week’s entertainment is courtesy of Lindsay Bell, Michael Koehler, Martin Waxman, Bhaskar Sarma, and yours truly.

With that, I give you Gin and Topics. And don’t forget! If you have a video you think should be included in here, send it to me!

5. Mother Convinces Michael Buble to Let Her Son Sing. This is freaking amazing. At a Michael Buble concert, a woman in the audience talks the singer into bringing her son on stage. The look on his face is priceless when the kid sings along.

4. Car Goes through Ice. This made my entire morning! I love how you understand nothing about what the guy is saying until he says one priceless swear word.

3. Harlem Shake (Med-Syd Edition. I know some of you are sick of the Harlem Shake already, but I had to include this because it’s Martin Waxman’s daughter’s dorm at the University of Western Ontario. Famous kids!

2. Downton Arby’s. You may have already seen this, but it makes me laugh every time I watch it. I LOVE the Edith character. Hilarious!

1. Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders vs. U.S. Military. This is, by far, the best Call Me, Maybe skit I’ve seen. I might appreciate it more in light of yesterday’s women’s equality blog post, but man! Those guys must have practiced forever to get the moves down exactly right. I mean, hair flips and everything. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

Have a happy snowy (or not) weekend, everyone!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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60 Comments on "Gin and Topics: Harlem Shake, Downton Arby’s, and U.S. Military"

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Sean McGinnis
3 years 4 months ago

Poor Mr. Bates…

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@Sean McGinnis What about Edith eating and drinking herself to death? So funny!

Sean McGinnis
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich I hadn’t seen the military one either. Very funny.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@Sean McGinnis I laughed so hard! They had to have practiced for days to get it so right.

Sean McGinnis
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich I loved the belts filled with hand grenades. LMAO!

sydcon_mktg
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @Sean McGinnis That was a awesome portral!! You are right they had to real practice to get it copied so well!

Neilaivtmwrd
Neilaivtmwrd
3 years 4 months ago
allenmireles
3 years 4 months ago

I have chills after listening to Sam sing and am still giggling at Downton Arby’s. Fabulous and a much-needed and enjoyed break!

sydcon_mktg
3 years 4 months ago

@allenmireles I agree, Sam was fantastic! I think Michael Buble has found his Justin Beiber!!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@sydcon_mktg  @allenmireles I LOVED the look on his face when Sam started to sing!

sydcon_mktg
3 years 4 months ago

LOL!!!! Have you seen Downton Abbey cast covers One Direction? Your’s is funnier, but this is still funny!  http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/hotlist/downton-abbey-covers-one-direction/article_41b77259-4dc0-5650-94fd-2b2e9f23b57d.html

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@sydcon_mktg HAHHAHA! I hadn’t seen that! Hilarious!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 4 months ago

@sydcon_mktg yes! Hilarious.

KateFinley
3 years 4 months ago

Michael Buble seems like he’s mean. I should really watch Downtown Abbey I guess … Ice guy was hilarious! Call Me Maybe is a reminder that social media and tools like YouTube are serving our men and women overseas and adding some fun to their routine over there — awesome! Totally fun. Loved it!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@kateupdates What?! Mean?? WHAT??

KateFinley
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Maybe he’s just sassy …

bhas
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @kateupdates Never knew who Michael Buble was before this, and just like that 2 hours of my morning, gone. I blame you, Gini. His voice has a certain richness that reminds me of black and white, fedora hats and a pub in Casablanca

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@bhas  @kateupdates My mom called me today because she LOVES him and loved this video.

JoeCardillo
3 years 4 months ago

If I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, does this count?

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@JoeCardillo It won’t be funny if you’ve never seen it. BUT HOW HAVE YOU NOT SEEN IT?!? Best show on television.

JoeCardillo
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Well this is embarassing. I don’t have a TV, and was going to say I don’t watch much online but then I just looked at my Amazon Prime account and realized seasons 1 & 2 streamed are free. *limps out of the room*

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@JoeCardillo Bwahahaaha! I’m like you – I don’t watch much, but this is one I stream every week.

barrettrossie
3 years 4 months ago

@JoeCardillo @ginidietrich Love this video! Joe, you only need to watch one episode to “get it,” I just started a couple of weeks ago on Netflix. Fantastic!  Then I noticed so many people tweeting about about “DowntoWn Abbey,” which is an unfortunate mistake because that’s a name of a pub near Downton Abbey where the lower caste enjoys burlesque…. And there’s a real-life Downtown Arby’s within walking distance of my house. So I think they made this video with me as the target audience. Perfect!

JoeCardillo
3 years 4 months ago

@barrettrossie  @ginidietrich That’s awesome, maybe they should make you a brand ambassador……if Howie gets a t-shirt from Chobani I don’t see why you can’t get one with the Early of Grantham on it. (see, I’m learning)

Allaniqkvmwd
Allaniqkvmwd
3 years 4 months ago

@eveypistorio http://t.co/To4e4LwvbS

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 4 months ago

Did ya hear about that new dance craze?
It’s a crazed gyration of the rock generation. It’s the WANGO TANGO……..

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@rdopping Ba da dum!

yvettepistorio
3 years 4 months ago

Hahahaha, love the US military/Dolphins cheerleader video, hilarious!!!! I do hate that song, but it was worth one more listen. Minute 2:45 I think is the best though…
 
Still don’t’ get the Harlem Shake…

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@yvettepistorio We’re doing the Harlem Shake so “get” it quickly.

yvettepistorio
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich I’m not alone in this. @belllindsay doesn’t get the Harlem Shake either….then again, maybe I should “get it” 😉

JoeCardillo
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @yvettepistorio Wait a second. There’s going to be a Spin Sucks Harlem Shake?

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@JoeCardillo  @yvettepistorio  I think there SHOULD be a Spin Sucks Harlem Shake.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @JoeCardillo  @yvettepistorio Not on MY watch. 😉

Ken Hetlinger
Ken Hetlinger
3 years 4 months ago

Great stuff as always Gini.
 
Ken

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@Ken Hetlinger Ken! How are you?!? Good to see you here!

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
3 years 4 months ago

In Soviet Russia, lake park car for you!

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@M_Koehler LOL!! campaignfodder thinks it’s fake, but I still think it’s hilarious!

M_Koehler
M_Koehler
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  campaignfodder Either way, it’s hi-lar-ious

debdobson62
debdobson62
3 years 4 months ago

OMG, I so love the Call Me Maybe.  And must confess, the Soviet Russia piece makes me lol.  Yep, likely fake, but still.  Gotta love it.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@debdobson62 I love how he looks behind him as the car is falling through the ice. HAHHAHA!

debdobson62
debdobson62
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Makes me laugh out loud.

Nuk3dawg1
Nuk3dawg1
3 years 4 months ago

Hi Gini , came up on this whilst playing with flipboard. Very attractive the way it formats out..like a vanity fair cover…carry on

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@Nuk3dawg1 Oh yay! That makes me happy to hear!

bhas
3 years 4 months ago

The first time I saw the Call me maybe video, it was a standalone US military one and I was this close to falling out of my chair. I might have possibly scared a bunch of sparrows and a whole nest of ants nearby. A little bit of Googling and when I saw the juxtaposed version i KNEW I had to show it to you

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@bhas It was a GREAT find!

bdorman264
3 years 4 months ago

Downtown Arby’s was good; it’s a laugher.

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@bdorman264 I loved the looks on “Edith’s” face. So funny!

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

Back story on Buble: he was discovered by Canadian uber-producer David Foster when he saw him singing at a wedding reception!!! A hundred bucks says Buble ends up helping this kid, mentoring him, whatever. I get goosebumps every time I watch this. I’ve met Buble in real life – he is as real and gracious as you see when he’s on stage. That’s not an act. 
 
Side note: what’s with all the Canadian singers with the bad B last names?? LOL Bieber…Buble…

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay Tell @kateupdates he’s not mean!

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich  @kateupdates He’s NOT mean!! He’s a wonderful Canadian boy.

KateFinley
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay  @ginidietrich Since you met him in real life, I will take your word for it. Regardless, I’ve always loved his voice!

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 4 months ago

@kateupdates @belllindsay @ginidietrich He can’t be mean. He’s Canadian.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

Oh my god the Call Me Maybe vid is amazing!! hahahaha

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@belllindsay Wasn’t that great? When the guys flip their hair? Laugh out loud funny.

belllindsay
belllindsay
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich Yup. I laughed through the whole thing. Really great – love that they were such good sports. 🙂

rdopping
rdopping
3 years 4 months ago

@ginidietrich @belllindsay Guys? What guys?

barrettrossie
3 years 4 months ago

Asked (via FB) my best friend from high school if he’s seen Downton Abbey. He’s married w 3 daughters. Terse reply: “I live with 3 women. Of course I’ve seen it.”

ginidietrich
3 years 4 months ago

@barrettrossie It’s soooooo good.

MindyTdesign
MindyTdesign
3 years 4 months ago

@kmueller62 Is that what everyone is in today?

dbvickery
3 years 4 months ago

Enjoyed the Buble video – kid had chords! I’m sure @margieclayman loved the Downtown Arby’s…

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