The joke’s on you internet. Earlier this week, people were proclaiming that Yoko Ono’s unruly rendition of Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” was the viral video of 2012. Sites like Buzzfeed, Jezebel, and The Daily Beast went after the traffic like sharks that smelled blood. Unfortunately, the video was totally fake. Via Hollywood.com:
Rather, the video was created by layering a recording of Perry’s ballad over a 2010 performance art exhibition Ono gave at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, titled Voice Piece for Soprano & Wish Tree. YouTube user (and clear comedy visionary) Kroiker McGuire saw the funny potential in Ono’s performance and ran with it. In addition to creating Ono’s “cover” of “Firework,” McGuire created video mashups of Ono’s performance and “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Dynamite,” “Bad Romance,” and “Someone Like You” (which may be my personal favorite).
Congrats to Mr. McGuire, you’ve duped us all. Below, you can watch the original performance alongside the gone-viral version.