'Rick-Rolling' lawmakers a YouTube sensation

Last updated 12:41 14/04/2011

Relevant offers

Digital Living

Microsoft quietly content as EU moves on Google Facebook Messenger apps seek to infuse emotion into texts The next pill you swallow might have a computer chip in it These tools can help you find legitimate content Plane wifi could facilitate terrorism The addicting psychology of 'The Button,' the Reddit game that ate the Internet Google faces fines, search constraints as EU decision approaches Chimps are no chumps when it comes to drones Consumer NZ accuses TV companies of protectionism First four episodes of Game of Thrones season five leaked online

Oregon state lawmakers, capitalising on a long-running internet meme, have created a YouTube sensation by slipping the lyrics from a song by 1980s pop star Rick Astley into floor speeches.

Videotapes of the speeches by a dozen Republicans and Democrats were cobbled together with Astley's 1987 hit, Never Gonna Give You Up, and released on April Fool's Day - already logging some 820,000 views.

The video was apparently inspired by an internet prank, at least several years old, that involves providing a hyperlink that dupes the viewer into watching Astley's video.

"It seemed non-time-consuming, funny and positive," Portland Democrat Jefferson Smith said. "Our country is facing some real partisan toxin. Any break from that seems not terrible."

Other members of the Oregon state House of Representatives went along.

"It was fun," Sara Gelser, a Democrat from Corvallis said, adding that "for five minutes I was cool" to her kids.

"No bills were harmed in the making of this video. Indeed, every bill discussed in the video passed," the video says.

Participants were also quick to point out that no public money was used.

VIEW VIDEO

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content