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.