'We Are Mizzou' viral video gets mixed reactions

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 10:20 p.m. CST; updated 11:29 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 2, 2012
Matt Roberts, 19, left, Andrew Carter, 21, middle, and Tanner Brandell, 20, who created the "We are Mizzou" video are pictured Tuesday. Carter's original plan was to make a fun video to "honor the (basketball) team," but none of them anticipated the video going viral.

COLUMBIA — Facebook and Twitter feeds of MU basketball fans, KU students and SEC teams have been blowing up over the "We Are Mizzou" video posted by three MU students.

"We're all over Twitter," said Tanner Brandell, one of the video's creators. "We didn't think it was going to explode."

Junior Andrew Carter, 21, and sophomores Brandell, 20, and Matt Roberts, 19, were inspired to create their own rap video around campus to showcase their Tiger spirit and feed the rivalry between MU and KU.

"YouTube keeps freezing the number of views every couple of hours," Roberts said.

The rap video has received almost 200,000 hits as of Tuesday night since its initial posting on Saturday night.

Many viewers are polarized into applauding the students for their school spirit and humor, or criticizing the video as lame.

"I don't know if I'm just paranoid, but I keep getting looks," Roberts said.

"My parents loved it," Brandell said. "They've been calling me a lot more than they used to and forwarded it to their friends."

"Looking at my Facebook and Twitter, I've gotten nothing but positive feedback,"  Carter said. "Frank Haith personally loved the song."

As for the negative reviews, "You probably can't write the worst comments in the paper," Carter said.

Although Twitter and Facebook are still abuzz with mixed remarks toward the video, the comments on YouTube were disabled for negative content.

"We didn't want to create a forum for people to bash Mizzou," Brandell said.

"People are taking shots at Mizzou because it's easy right now with us entering the SEC," Carter said.

The video has received 1,371 "likes" and 2,368 "dislikes" on YouTube as of Tuesday evening.

"The negative feedback is from schools in the SEC and KU," Brandell said. "People who don't like Mizzou or 40-year-old analysts and critics who wish they were in college pick it apart."

"The amount of negative numbers on YouTube makes sense when you consider how many people we called out," Brandell said.

But not all negative criticism is from rival schools. Criticism from fellow Tigers centers on jabs at the awkward dancing.

The "dancing" was inspired by "every suburban boy across the U.S.," Roberts said.

Some social network users have speculated that the video is a serious attempt gone wrong and that claims of it being satire are an attempt to avoid embarrassment.

"I wouldn't be rubbing the nose in the video if it wasn't a satire," Brandell said.

"It was meant to be fun, we know we're not rappers," Carter said. "The lyrics are serious in that we're trying to honor our team."

All the people featured in the background of the video are friends of the students, except for one. The man who did a backflip off of the MU Columns was a stranger walking by who asked to be a part of the production.

"People in the background haven't gotten much attention," Carter said.

"They should, they're hilarious," Roberts said.

The students said that people have suggested they should make an MU football video in the future.

"There's some ideas brewing," Carter said.

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mike mentor February 1, 2012 | 9:11 a.m.

They may not get any play on TV as a well financed production might, but if this was a communications class project, they would get an "A" from me...

Haters gonna hate...

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Richard Saunders February 1, 2012 | 2:29 p.m.

Sorry, but I find this video to be not only lame, but embarrassing. First off, one doesn't do satire in support of something, but rather, to poke fun at it. So the idea that it is both satirical and supportive of the Tigers is an incoherent argument.

Finally, autotune. The lamest of the lame. If you can't sing, then please don't try. Once again, fakery is not a supportive element of ANYTHING. Just ask Rebecca Black.

While I don't begrudge your newly found fame, I don't think it provides anything positive in support of Mizzou. It's just the next joke to be the butt of. If you want to do satire, then please chose an appropriate target, such as the chicken-hawks.

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mike mentor February 3, 2012 | 2:19 p.m.

I think the "satire" they are referring to is the part about the rapping and dancing and that they are aware they are not bonafide singers, dancers, rappers. Maybe they should have said campy or something. Looks like they had fun doing it and were not taking themselves too seriously. Maybe we shouldn't either...

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Sally Willis March 1, 2012 | 10:51 a.m.

I'm with Mike here you are young once and haters are gonna hate! Enjoy every chance you get have fun, and poke fun when you get the chance. If not at yourself than at whom?

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Sally Willis March 1, 2012 | 10:51 a.m.

I'm with Mike here you are young once and haters are gonna hate! Enjoy every chance you get have fun, and poke fun when you get the chance. If not at yourself than at whom?

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Derek Bowers May 1, 2012 | 1:08 p.m.

I am a Tennessee Volunteers fan and my username here is the same on message board. I for one loved the video. I me and my college buddies goofed off like this way back when. Only difference is youtube wasn't there in 98-01. I say keep repping your school and welcome to the SEC. Anytime you play Kentucky in basketball, Bama and Florida in football I will be rooting for you. Now as for when Vols and Mizzou get together I have to cut bait.

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