So, apparently gay porn star Billy Herrington is HUGE in Japan. Somehow, Billy’s Japanese stardom has spawned a hot new trend in Japanese video art wherein gay porn (particularly the Herrington wrestling and posing videos) is re-edited with other weird video footage and imagery (often obscuring the NSFW parts with cutouts of baby faces) and synced to Japanese Hi-NRG dance music. I saw this first at omgblog and then went on my own youtube quest to discover where this stuff is coming from and why. Here are some of my faves:
Wikipedia offers the following explanation of Billy’s rise to Internet memedom:
Herrington has become an internet meme among Japan’s online community after a clip from one of his videos Workout was posted on Nico Nico Douga, a Japanese video sharing website. Over 3000 mash-up parody videos of him have been made, many of which utilize deliberate mishearings (soramimi 空耳歌詞) of lines from his films. He is affectionately called “Big Brother” (兄貴 aniki) among the Nico Nico Douga community, and most of his videos are deliberately tagged with “Forest Fairy” (森の妖精 mori no yousei), “Philosophy” (哲学 tetsugaku), or both.
Herrington visited Japan in February 2009 to attend in a live online event hosted by Nico Nico Douga and Garage kit makers Figma and Good Smile Company. Herrington said that he is flattered and humbled by his fans’ creativity. A limited-edition Herrington figure was announced for a July 2009 release.