We asked our staff to share their current favorite thing on the Internet. Whether old or new, video or picture, we have strong feelings about these weird pieces of Internet Garbage.


When I first saw a video called "The Trap Rap" in my friend's Facebook feed — complete with a thumbnail of a dude in a suit wearing a crappy-looking Admiral Ackbar mask — I immediately refused to click on it for a number of reasons: Namely, because every single rap parody ever has already been done (good ones, intentionally-bad ones, and everything in between) and every single Star Wars parody has been done (you can find literally every frame of the series recreated on the internet as like, GIFs of the characters as marshmallow Peeps speaking in captioned Ron Swanson quotes.)

Still, rather than run the risk of feeling offline human emotion for one grueling minute, I clicked on the video anyway, and HOLY CRAP it's absurd and great:

Here's why I love it so much (and granted, this is a very personal interpretation of the video, but it also affected me very personally, as any great piece of art does):

It's basically, like, seven levels of internet parody. You have Admiral Ackbar, and this is his internet video, and it's a rap, so obviously he's going to rap about traps because of the "It's a trap!" line/meme – it's just what internet Admiral Ackbar does. BUT! For some reason, Ackbar isn't allowed to do the obvious internet video that he wants to do, and instead he's stuck with this really banal assignment of explaining fire safety information, but he JUST CAN'T RESIST still rapping about traps because it's his internet-video destiny, and the resulting consequences are tragic and amazing.

I literally do nothing all day but watch ridiculous internet videos, and for some reason, this one's really stuck with me. I guess it's just a deeply layered commentary on destiny, expectation, obligation, love, loss, the commercial declawing of a once-rich urban cultural phenomenon, fire, and above all, giant unwieldy Star Wars masks and really only this last thing. And the song'll get stuck in your head for the rest of your life.

Plus I'm just a sucker for anything with high production values.