‘2 Girls 1 Cup’ Turns 5 — Eat A Big Bowl of Chocolate Ice Cream to Celebrate!

“2 Girls 1 Cup” is this generation’s “Star Wars.”

As many of you doubtlessly have it circled on your kitten calendars, it should come as no surprise that today is the five-year anniversary of the greatest dirty video of them all. “2 Girls 1 Cup,” the emotionally charged odyssey of two women’s struggle against the bounds of the human gag reflex started popping up on your radar at this time back in 2007, and in the years since, its notoriety has never been equalled.

Sure, challengers have arisen, chief among them, “Mr. Hands,” the comically-named beastiality epic documenting a man’s eventually fatal perforation of his colon with a horse’s wang, but none have ever quite captured the Internet’s dual fascination and horror like “2 Girls 1 Cup.” What was it about an overly bountiful chalice full of excrement being enjoyed by two moderately attractive ethnic women that made so many of us sit up and film reaction videos? And does the fact that one of them adds vomit as a topping on the poo sundae make the viewing experience any less palatable? Or that she later barfs said fecal matter straight into the other lady’s mouth — how’d that grab you?

My own experience with the work left me somewhat numbed and forced a disconnect. I couldn’t process what I’d seen; I only realized that I had seen something, and that by its own taboo nature I had to promote it. On a basic level, it was the shock of realizing that someone on the planet is casually engaging in actions I did not find comprehensible. That something like “2 Girls 1 Cup” existed was mind-blowing in the same way that it would be to learn that the boogeyman was real. Or for that matter, like the first time many people saw “Star Wars.” If I were a scholarly man, I would likely speculate that the film, and its inherent success, had a somewhat historical precedence, and that we are in our own iteration of Caligula’s Rome, what with its geek parade of sideshow carnality. I am not a scholarly man though, and “2 Girls 1 Cup” is probably nothing more than a testament to the notion that when it comes to nasty “bedroom antics,” South America has everyone beat (except perhaps the Dutch).

Filmed by Brazilian gonzo filmmaker, Marco Fiorito, the clip, which features the immortal “Lover’s Theme” by Herve Roy, is originally from a full length feature titled “Hungry Bitches.” How the roughly minute-long ode to coprophagy found its way into the mainstream is a matter of speculation and fable, but one thing’s for certain: Due to the United State’s strict policy against videos of this nature, we won’t see one like this any time soon. Sure, you can always go more brutal — “1 Guy 1 Jar” for instance, is, on a human level, so much more gut-wrenching, but it lacks the escalation technique of “2 Girls 1 Cup,” where just when you think you’ve seen the worst of it, something much, much more vile occurs. Essentially, this is why “2 Girls 1 Cup” crossed over where other gross-out films did not.

Adding to the film’s overall mystique was the popularity of the reaction videos on YouTube. Millions of viewers would tune in just to watch hidden-camera footage of unsuspecting innocents (frequently old people) reacting to the video, a technique first popularized by the hidden terror pop-up video pranks where a screaming demon would suddenly appear in the midst of an otherwise normal setting. I myself contributed to this fad by introducing the video to as many peers as I could during the early part of its cultural rise; none of them thanked me. I just made “the boogeyman” a reality and opened your eyes to the possibilities of the world around you — where’s the love? Fun fact: Allegedly, Wyclef Jean was once shown the video to gauge his reaction to it; he watched the whole thing unfazed and even ate an ear of corn during the screening.
 


 
While “2 Girls 1 Cup” has largely been banned from the mainstream Internet, its presence lives on in pop culture perpetuity, occasionally being name-checked in songs and on television. Also, at every frat party, whenever two girls split a red Solo cup of beer and then one of them vomits into the beer and then vomits into the other girl’s mouth and they both make out. True story, bro.Now that we’ve had time to process what it is we’ve borne witness to, it shouldn’t be too much longer until adulation sets in and we’re all attending “2 Girls 1 Cup” conventions, dressing like our favorite characters. I’m going as the cup.      

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