College Humor does this hilarious video series called “Prank News Network,” that is just getting better and better every week. In it, fake newsman “Mike Holland” (comedian Dan Hodapp) asks unsuspecting people on the street for their opinions about recent news items. The catch is that the stories he’s asking about are totally fake. The one above features a question about Jay-Z and Beyonce remaking the ‘Harry Potter’ series and more than one person compares it to ‘The Wiz,’ the Diana Ross-starring ‘Wizard of Oz’ remake. Oh wow.
In this one, he asks people their opinion on Taylor Swift already picking her next five ex-boyfriends.
It’s pretty shocking what people will believe just because you’re telling them while holding a microphone and wearing a suit. I mean, I’m sure they go through a tone of people who agree to comment and then realize the joke’s on them, but the amount they get to stay and actually answer all the questions is impressive.
I mean, really? The police are going to use swords instead of guns?
You’re just going to buy that because some guy in the park said so? What is going on? Why do we just believe this stuff? Is it because we don’t want to look like we’re out of the loop? Or because we want to seem knowledgeable and comment on everything to feel like we’re smarter than we really are? Is there no critical thinking going on? It’s mind-blowing.
Watching these videos made me so sad for humanity. Like Jessa on ‘Girls’ once said, “Read a newspaper. Just one.”