One of the funnest memories of Michael Jackson’s music over the past couple of years was a viral video that was thrown on the web in 2007.
This video was a group of inmates at a jail in the Phillipines doing some huge choreographed version of the “Thriller” video.
Wikipedia explains more exact here:
Byron Garcia, the official security advisor to the Cebu government who was assigned as head of the prison by Gwendolyn Garcia (governor of Cebu Province) originally wanted to introduce a program at Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) where inmates would exercise for an hour each day. He saw waves of prisoners in the exercise yard and thought it looked good.
Garcia initially introduced an exercise program where the prisoners marched in unison, starting out with marching to the beat of a drum, but moved on to dancing to pop music; he began with one of his favourite songs, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”.
Thriller was uploaded on July 17, 2007.
On December 19, 2007, in an article on “Most Popular Viral Videos”, Time Magazine placed the inmates’ Cebu Thriller as 5th in its Top 10 list. Time’s stated description of the prisoners was: “Orange-jumpsuited accused murderers, rapists and drug dealers paid homage to Michael Jackson’s Thriller in a dance performance filmed at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines (CPDRC).
Alright…now with that set-up, here is the original (TOTALLY AWESOME) video:
Now, I bring all this up because I just found out today that the prisoners have created an all-new video as a tribute to Jackson. I thought it would be fun to check it out.
So they think they can dance??
Yeah…it’s not bad, I suppose. In a “creepy tribute” kind of way. I mean…really? That’s the best they can do?
But c’mon…it’s not like they’re doing The Hustle or anything.