SEARCH

Entries in YouTube Video (5)

Saturday
May112013

Student Rants at Teacher in Viral Video

Hemera Technologies/ThinkStock(DUNCANVILLE, Texas) -- A Texas high school student’s rant against his teacher has gone viral on YouTube, prompting the district to look at its teaching procedures.

“If you would just get up and teach us instead of handing ‘em a packet, yo. There’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. … They need to learn face-to-face,” Duncanville High School student Jeff Bliss said in the YouTube video recorded by a classmate. “You want kids to come to class? You want them to get excited? You gotta come in here, you gotta make ‘em excited. To change him and make him better, you gotta touch his freakin’ heart. You can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell him.”

Bliss, 18, was kicked out of class by his history teacher after a discussion escalated between the two. Bliss said that a test required three days to complete, but his teacher demanded that the class complete the test within two days.

In the YouTube video, Bliss was told repeatedly by his teacher to leave the classroom. However, as he made his way to the exit, he continued to tell his teacher that her pedagogical approach was wrong.

“You gotta take this job seriously,” Bliss said in the YouTube video. “This is the future of this nation. And when you come in here like you did last time and make a statement about how, ‘This is my paycheck,’ indeed it is, but this is my country’s future and my education.”

Bliss told ABC News that he wished he’d delivered his message in a different manner.

“As far as my attitude was during the video, that could have been taken better in a better manner,” he said. “But at the same time, I realize we all have our spur-of-the-moments.”

Duncanville School District Chief Communications Officer Tammy Kuykendall told ABC News she understood Bliss’ view.

“He makes a number of valid statements about how schools across America need to change, and it is creating a conversation,” she said. “We have focus groups, student panels, so we listen to students and we will continue to listen.”

Kuykendall added that she does not condemn Bliss.

“I feel it is important to share [that] we don’t blame this student or think he did something wrong,” she said. “There are other ways to go about sharing concerns happening in a classroom. Administrators need to know about that. He makes a number of valid statements.”

Bliss’s mother, Rhonda Bliss, said she is not upset with her son and respects his stance.

“I have told the people I support what he did,” she said. “I am an educator, too, and I understand his passion and I understand his concerns, and I support what he did.”

She said Bliss’s tirade was not specifically aimed at one person alone.

“It wasn’t to the teacher,” she said. “It was to address the bigger issue which is education.”

As for Bliss, he said he hopes his declaration inspires others to take action.

“I’m hoping that maybe this sparks something up in other people, teachers, and parents, and even administrators, as well,” he said. “I’m hoping that maybe they, themselves stand up and also demand more. I hope they go to their sons’ schools or school board meetings and speak and see what’s going on in the schools.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Sep072012

Calif. Lifeguards Lose Job Over Popular YouTube Video Imitation

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EL MONTE, Calif.) -- The popular YouTube dance music video “Gangnam Style” has not only gone viral, it’s indirectly gotten a group of California lifeguards fired.

Korean pop singer PSY’s video -- which starts on a beach, as PSY demonstrates his “horse-riding dance” and begins singing about longing for a girl who is "tender and big-hearted” by day, but wild and fiery by night -- inspired the lifeguards to create their own spoof, “Lifeguard Style.” Lifeguards clad in red suits dance, swim together, thrust their hips and generally have a grand time.

But when El Monte city officials saw the video, they were less than impressed. In a written statement released to ABC affiliate KABC the city said:

“There was a clear unauthorized use of city resources and property, including the use of city-issued uniforms during the making of this unauthorized video. The city maintains that it holds all employees to a higher standard.”

 

El Monte city officials cited that the content of the video was not what led to the firing; rather it was the “unauthorized use of a city facility for the group’s private benefit.”

One of the fired lifeguards, 22-year-old Michael Roa, said he was shown the video by a friend in the break room and thought the video was “hilarious” and decided to do his own with his fellow lifeguards.

“We wanted to commemorate a great and successful summer for the pool and to make memories with people that we worked with,” he said. “We wanted to have something to look back on as a fond memory of the pool. We never thought it would turn out to be what it has become.”

Roa said he was told by the El Monte city manager that the video was “disgusting” and an “embarrassment” to the city.

“I uploaded it to YouTube as a way to show it to my friends, not for fame, and there was no malice and I wasn’t looking for monetary gain or to give the city a bad image,” Roa said. “I can’t really express how frustrated I am with the rash decisions that they’re making.”

The El Monte city manager could not be reached for comment. Nor could the mayor.

Roa said he knew that when he was called into a meeting with the city manager it was because of the video, but he said he had no idea what form of punishment would be pursued. He also said the video’s aftereffects proved far worse than he initially thought.

“I am extremely frustrated to hear that even though I was the one who orchestrated it all and the ones who didn’t know they were being filmed were fired,” Roa said. “My supervisor and pool manager were both fired, and the pool manager wasn’t even in the video and my supervisor was in it briefly, maybe four times unknowingly.”

The pool manager was fired because he did not “alert city officials about the video,” Roa said.

As a graduate student at the University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., Roa said the lifeguard job helped 13 of the 14 lifeguards pay for their college tuition.

“It helped me supplement my college education with student loans, and now I don’t have this income,” he said. “I also know a lot of the employees who were fired do not have any other jobs that help pay for it.”

The 14 fired lifeguards have started a Facebook petition page to campaign for their jobs back. Roa said the community has already been sending an outpouring of support his way.

“I have been working at the aquatic center for seven years,” Roa said. “Because of our service we have a lot of support within the local community and it is a great confidence booster. I was always excited to go to work and see the kids I teach and to know the community cares as much I care, it means a lot.”

The original video titled “Gangnam Style,” has been viewed more than 117 million times on YouTube and has already created a celebrity buzz surrounding singer PSY, who was featured on Thursday night’s MTV Video Music Awards and was signed as client of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Nov132011

Guns Drawn, Calif. City Workers Parody Police Profiling on YouTube

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WEST COVINA, Calif.) -- A YouTube spoof on the folly of stereotype-driven police profiling has sparked a City of West Covina, Calif., investigation of how the municipal employees in the roughly two-minute video gained use of actual police uniforms and police cars, and whether they were shooting real bullets from inside the vehicles, ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles reports.

"We're wasting our time dealing with these goofs that wasted our resources and our equipment doing this," said West Covina Mayor Pro Tem Michael Touhey, adding that he will demand full repayment of the investigation's cost from the filmmaker.

With almost 1 million views, the parody damages the image of West Covina's police department and its city government, officials said

Police Cpl. Rudy Lopez, a department spokesman, said no sworn officers were among the video's six actors that consisted of a multiracial crew of five cops and a white, Starbucks-drinking, biscotti-dunking motorist. With police guns drawn on him, he exits the vehicle, hands in the air and eyes bugged in feigned fright.

City employees were involved in the taping but, at this point in the investigation, remain on the payroll, according to the police spokesman.

Patrick Scott is shown in the credits as director and Nikos Bellas as producer of the piece by Zoochosis.com, a Venice, Calif. production company.

Dismissing city officials' outrage, the company issued a statement on Friday: "This is America and truth will always prevail, unless, of course, lies make a better sound bite."

"Save Miranda," referring to the list of rights against self-incrimination and to a legal counsel that police are required to alert detainees to before questioning, flashes on-screen during the credits.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Mar192011

Student Leaving UCLA, Apologizes to Asians for Racist Video Rant

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Alexandra Wallace, the UCLA student whose viral video rant about Asians sparked outrage and a nationwide debate about free speech, will face no disciplinary action by the university and reportedly plans to withdraw from school.

UCLA's Daily Bruin newspaper posted a letter online Friday in which the student newspaper said Wallace apologized for offending "the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture."

"I made a mistake. My mistake, however, has lead [sic] to the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats and being ostracized from an entire community," read the letter the Daily Bruin said was released through a spokesman for the Wallace family.

The school's administration considers the matter closed, UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton told ABC News.

A junior political science major, Wallace received death threats after her videotaped tirade, which was titled "Asians in the Library," was posted last Friday, the same day the earthquake and tsunami hit.

In the video, which went viral over the weekend, Wallace vented about "the hordes of Asian people" at UCLA and mocked them for talking on the phone in the library. "Ohhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong!" she said, imitating an Asian student talking on the phone.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar182011

UCLA Student Off Hook for Asian Video Rant

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, whose viral video rant about Asians sparked outrage and a nationwide debate about whether her disparaging remarks were considered "free speech," will face no disciplinary action by the university.

"While some of the sentiments that were expressed in the video were hurtful, appalling and offensive, we have not uncovered any acts that violated the student code of conduct," university spokesman Phil Hampton told ABC News on Friday. "We have no intention of pursuing the matter further."

Hampton added that the university "zealously protects freedom of expression, however misguided or offensive to our core values that speech may be."

He also said the university was "disappointed with some of the threatening and vitriolic language that has been used by some in response to the video.

Wallace, a junior political science major, received death threats after her videotaped tirade, titled "Asians in the Library," was posted last Friday, the same day the earthquake and tsunami hit.

In the video, which went viral over the weekend, Wallace vented about "the hordes of Asian people" at UCLA and mocked them for talking on the phone in the library. "Ohhhh! Ching chong ling long ting tong!" she said, imitating an Asian student talking on the phone.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio







ABC News Radio