New York Times Gets Rick Roll'd


Posted March 28, 2008 - By bleahy

Rickrolling is great because even the giants are vulnerable to its sting. The New York Times ran a story about a prank on a college basketball game. The game was seemingly interrupted during a time out and Rick Roll'd by an Astley look-a-like.

Turns out the video was faked and was created through clever editing. No one was actually Rick Roll'd. Except the New York Times.

After learning it was a fake, they were forced to print a retraction.

"An article on Monday about a popular Internet video prank known as rickrolling referred incorrectly to its use during a March 8 women's basketball game at Eastern Washington University, based on information provided by Pawl Fisher, a student; Davin Perry, who shoots game videos for the university; and Dave Cook, its sports information director. The stunt, which involves a person lip-synching the 1980s hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up" while dressed as the British singer Rick Astley, was performed before the start of four separate basketball games, and the pranksters distilled the performances into a YouTube video. The March 8 game, between Eastern Washington and Montana State, was not interrupted by a performance."


Here now, the video:

KHQ: New York Times owns up to EWU student prank

New York Times Gets Rick Roll'd


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