So my friend in Richmond just informed me that the "Church" of Scientology recently opened a new franchise or whatever you call it in the River City, my former home. I was pretty disturbed because Scientology is little more than a pyramid scheme gone horribly, horribly mad with power. However, I was relieved to know that the level-headed people of Richmond have been extremely pissed and taken to protesting the storefront, which is located on some prime real estate in the cities' most popular shopping area.
I am all for protesting a dangerous cult when it tries to establish itself in your town, so you can imagine my delight when said protest takes the form of standing outside of the building BLASTING Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" with a set of huge speakers. Apparently Scientology protestors all over the country have been using this tactic, known simply as the "Rick Roll". Here's a clip of Rick Rolling in Seattle (its really loud so adjust your volume).
I've also attached a clip of Astley himself in his truly unforgettable video for the song. Whats that? You thought these smooth sounds were coming from some soulful black crooner a la Teddy Pendergrass?
Think again my friends. He appears to be a 17 year old British red head who possibly recorded this song while on holiday from his studies at Cambridge. The funniest line in this song is the first one: "we're no strangers to love"....you sure about that? cuz dude looks like vagina repellent from my view.