Patrice Wilson, the producer (and presumable beat-writer) behind the tween viral hit “Skip-rope” has been on my radar for a while now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s on Chris Hansen’s radar too. I’m sure I’ve made jokes about it before, but here’s the thing — I don’t think I’m joking.
Remember how Michael Jackson was always hanging around young boys and while most people were like, “I don’t think he’s molesting them necessarily, but there does seem to be something weird going on …” — that’s the vibe I get off Patrice Wilson. Sure the guy could make your kid a temporary YouTube star, but at what price?
If you’re uncertain as to who Patrice Wilson is, he’s the person who looks waaay too old to be rapping in a kids video. He’s also made uncomfortable appearances in several of his other viral videos including “Thanksgiving” and “Hysterical.” And for me, that is the icky part. See, I’m not one of those alarmists who believe that every guy is a child molester waiting for an opportunity, but there is something about Patrice’s need to be a star of children that makes me uncomfortable. He COULD cast an age-appropriate kid to sing the bridge, but he doesn’t. HE needs to be in that video, HE needs to be the cool guy that the kids trust. Granted, he’s found a profitable niche, probably by charging parents to make their kid a video star and then profiting off the YouTube dollars, which is genius, and I don’t fault him for it. But at this point, I think it’s fair to say that I’m not having kids, only to make sure Patrice Wilson doesn’t go near ‘em.
Oh, and as for the ‘Skip-rope’ video? It’s formulaic pop fluff, but it’s fun with a decent beat.