It has become “a thing” for YouTubers to make videos based on Miley Cyrus’ new song “We Can’t Stop” — whether out of respect or a sort of cruel mockery, I can’t yet tell. But Hannah Hart and Daily Grace have teamed up with a wonderfully oddball YouTube musician, Flula, to put their own spin on the pop anthem.
I find it is important in my post as a self-appointed new media critic to not just comment on the video’s merits and overall multi-sensory appeal, but also on the bigger picture. And while their cover of Miley Cyrus’ tune is perfectly pleasant, nothing too outré (as a self-appointed new media critic I am expected to use “critic buzzwords”) or outlandish. It is perfectly fine in every aspect. However, from a legal standpoint, I find this video to be a deplorable use of good judgment.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had to crack down on YouTubers for boasting their “criminal behavior” and, sadly, it probably won’t be the last time. Notice that Hannah is driving while wearing noise-cancelling headphones — this is a major no-no, as it obstructs her ability to hear emergency vehicles. Also, note that they are driving in a residential zone — utilizing my knowledge of fixed point deduction, I can’t help but notice they are grossly exceeding the speed limit. And do you think it is wise for Grace or Flula to be distracting the driver, who should be maintaining proper observational attention to the road? I think the best thing we can say for this popular video is that thank goodness it is an adequate piece of new media entertainment and not some blood-soaked cautionary footage in a manslaughter trial or driver’s education class.
Take a tip from the misdeeds of these “role models,” children: Driving like there’s no tomorrow is likely to produce that result.
Here are some safer YouTubers showing how you can have a good time outside a moving car: