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article imageOp-Ed: Cat Daddy dance video by Kate Upton goes viral, but why?

By Marcus Hondro     May 2, 2012 in Entertainment
Sometimes some of us seem to like things and others of us either do not like them or, more to the point, do not get them. Like say, Sarah Palin or Adam Sandler. Or like this Cat Daddy dance video that went viral.
The Cat Daddy video stars Kate Upton and was directed, if such a term can be applied given there's not much to direct, by Terry Richardson. Upton is a model I had just barely heard of. Richardson is a fashion photographer that I just barely heard of. Being a fashion photographer means he gets to hang out with really famous women, like Lady Gaga, or really good-looking women, like Kate Upton.
The Cat Daddy viral video
Okay so, as implied, I don't get the Cat Daddy video but before showing it to you I'll tell you that a reporter with the Canadian daily, The Vancouver Sun, Aleesha Harris, wrote "19-year-old model Kate Upton set the internet ablaze with her ‘Cat Daddy’ dance for American fashion photographer Terry Richardson to the Rej3ctz track in a barely there, red bikini." Set ablaze?
And Fox news reported the video was initially banned by YouTube before being reinstated with a proviso the viewer promise they're 18 or over. There's no nudity, just a great looking 19-year-old being introduced by Terry Richardson - I wanna be a director! - and dancing, somewhat self-consciously, while music is played on a tinny sounding stereo of some kind.
Here we go:
It's easy enough to like, I guess. But viral? Media writing pieces lauding it? Media complaining that YouTube initially banned it? Stories quoting Terry Richardson's words as he introduces Upton? A woman dances in a bikini for a few seconds. Why is that such big a deal?
Sometimes some of us like things and others of us either do not like them or, more to the point, do not get them. Like say, Sarah Palin or Adam Sandler - or the Cat Daddy video.
Maybe we all need something better to do with our lives.
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