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The Most Bizarre Juxtaposition in the History of MTV

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 14, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 14, 2009 |

I wasn’t going to post this, but I desperately need to exorcise it from my brain, and the only way I can do it is to inflict on the rest of you. This is a fucking music video, and it’s three months old, even, so it’s not even my department. But I have to get it out of my brain.

I was at the gym this morning, where I tend to flip back and forth from VH1 to MTV, just to see what the kids are into these days (apparently, a lot of Fray and a lot of Fray knock-offs, and an All-American Rejects song that sounds like a cast off of Chumbawumba).

And this video for a Jamie Foxx song came on. The video is directed by Hype Williams, and the song is so processed it’s a wonder they even needed an actual performer to sing it. It’s atrocious. It’s a fairly mediocre video: A bunch of guys sitting around a hip-hop club and drinking whiskey. And it wouldn’t have really caught my attention much but for one thing: It’s got an impressive cast of cameos in the video. Sam Jackson, Forrest Whitaker, and Jake Gyllenhaal all trying to act like badass pimps hanging with the ladies and getting their drink on. I’m being obstinately white here because the other guy in the video, hanging with his homies and sipping on bubbly, is Ron Howard. Motherfucking Opie, y’all, is flashing the blank stare and trying to look tough. Jesus: I nearly fell off the treadmill laughing so hard. I kept waiting for the big reveal, but it never arrived. This is for real. And as far as music videos go, it’s the most unintentionally comical video I’ve seen since George Michael’s “Faith.” Ron Howard and T. Paine, y’all. Get your _____ on.

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