Surely members of the Utah House of Representatives expected the merciless social mockery that followed the release of a rap parody of the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song.
But from the looks of the caption that accompanied the release, it seems the – mostly Republican – lawmakers were pretty darn proud of the finished product.
Our representatives have taken the time to explain how a law is made…with a surprise twist. Give it a listen and share so all your friends can know how laws are made! #utpol @GHughes51 @BradWilsonGOP @kimfcoleman @NormThurston @mikemckellutah @RepJimDunnigan @JohnKnotwellUT pic.twitter.com/KqaUSqOKtC
— Utah House of Reps (@UtahReps) February 28, 2018
“Our representatives have taken the time to explain how a law is made…with a surprise twist,” the Utah House of Representatives announced. “Give it a listen and share so all your friends can know how laws are made!”
The nearly 90-second video, which is set to the theme song from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the 1980’s sitcom starring Will Smith, features a collection of the state’s lawmakers explaining how a bill becomes law – by rapping about it.
And it’s as awful as you’d expect.
“Now this is a story all about how our bills get flipped into a law. I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there. I’ll tell you how a bill becomes law in this our chamber,” the state representatives attempt to rap, each line presented by a different House member. “In a legislator’s mind an idea is raised. In the law book is where they spend most of their days. Drafting out, maxin’ out, hardly relaxing all cool.”
The video concludes with Rep. John Knotwell sticking his tongue out.
The Twitter reaction was scathing, with many calling it the “cringiest” thing ever seen.
Nothing can prepare for the sheer amount of cringe you are about to experience
— Daniel Kottenstette (@danielkotten) March 2, 2018
This….this is the cringiest thing I’ve seen all day. Yeesh…at least the intentions were good.
— Spicy Boi (@RunzaRex) March 2, 2018
— Kyle Da Silva? (@kyledasilva) March 1, 2018
Definitely a video that should come with a warning label, the Salt Lake County Health Department offered up a suggestion to label the video as a “public health hazard.”
brb labeling this as a public health hazard pic.twitter.com/ndbwVOy4Cg
— Salt Lake Health (@saltlakehealth) February 28, 2018
Seems at least one Twitter user was excited about the video.
As a middle school Government teacher I literally CANNOT WAIT to inflict this on my students tomorrow. They’re going to cringe as they have never cringed before!
— Robin McGinn (@robin_mcginn) March 1, 2018
Many others did not even have words.
— Ohingo O Luta (@ooluta) March 2, 2018
— Darth Peestains?? (@DarthPeestains) March 2, 2018
Delete your account.
— Bob LeDrew (@bobledrew) March 2, 2018
— DealMeIn (@DenverPetre) March 2, 2018
— dylmnop (@dylmnop) March 1, 2018
Spend more time making the change that’s needed to make your state/country better and less time wasting taxpayer money to make a “rap” video.
— T.J. (@PrettyBrwnGyrl) March 2, 2018
— Lady Statuesque (@fragland1) March 2, 2018
I think you forgot about the part where the lobbyists and legislative aides write the bill and you don’t read it before passing it. Good effort, though.
— Peter Kang, MD, MBA (@mitraddoc) March 2, 2018
This is literally like an episode of Jerry Springer… or a train wreck. Don’t wanna watch but, can’t look away either…
— The Stygian Renegade (@stygianrenegade) March 2, 2018
Possibly the worst thing ever made in the state of Utah. EVER. Thanks for the embarrassment.
— markdago (@markdago) February 28, 2018
Just no. Hell no. pic.twitter.com/L0Er0SAXRE
— Joe In Memphis ? (@MEMLiberal) March 2, 2018
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