Remember Disco, the beatboxing parakeet with a repertoire unlike any other? Well apparently he's now selling Netbooks on German television – without his permission.
Digital Journal first met Disco and his human owners at the end of May, when video of the remarkable parakeet and his impressive talking abilities winged its way to us via e-mail. We warned readers at the time that Disco, who lives in Rochester, NY, was on the verge of going viral. It didn't take long.
In fact, the green-feathered bird who picked up beatboxing in about a week, has become such a celebrity these past few weeks, he appeared on Channel21 television in Germany selling Netbooks ... except he didn't know about it and neither did his human owners.
"No," said Judy Bolton, "they did not have our permission to use Disco to sell their mini-computers." And Bolton quickly posted a note under the video on Disco's YouTube page, advising everybody that Disco is "NOT selling Netbooks for anyone."
But of course, it's all kind of tongue-in-cheek.
Judy told Digital Journal that she had gotten a note from one of Disco’s German fans on his Facebook page, letting them know he had been on German TV:
Disco’s been on a few stations in the States and Australia in the past few weeks, but always as part of a news program, so I thought it was the same deal here. Then she posted the clip, and no, it’s the German version of our QVC or Home Shopping Network.
Judy, who took took German all four years in high school, and then majored in it at the university level, said she got the gist of what they were doing almost instantly and found it hilarious:
I laughed the entire time. Then my husband came home from work and I showed him, and he laughed the entire time. The Germans don’t use a cognate for “parakeet” (it’s Wellensittich, if I remember correctly), and the one guy is trying to tell his co-host how to look up Disco, but his spelling of the word “parakeet” is just not getting across.
As for Disco, who even has his own Facebook and Twitter page, "Nobody puts baby bird in a corner" he says and considering the multilingual budgie can impressively cite John F. Kennedy's 1963 quote, "Ich bin ein Berliner," Channel21 might like to offer the bird a cut, or at least send him a netbook for tweeting?