So whatsupELLE is a youtuber whose jam seems to be that she makes videos in which she and two different versions of her do something (think of it as a cross between that 90s Michael Keaton movie Multiplicity and the “Toasty!” guy from Mortal Kombat) from dancing to a song to moving backwards to a song, to… trying to shame basketball trick shot videos?
Look, we’ve covered trick shot videos on the blog before (and we’re fans). This video left me confused though: is she hating? is it an homage? I can’t tell. Though I wouldn’t understand it, there may in fact be some people out there who find them tiresome and would appreciate that youtube subgenre being taken down a peg. Conversely, there may also be people who would like to see fake trick shots, like when she bounced the ball off the male jogger’s head. But what I don’t get about this video is the whole throwback vibe centered around the gag “girls suck at sports.” The purse gag, the high heels gag– was there a putting-on-mascara-while-shooting-a-basketball gag? This is some least common denominator shit. It seems like ELLE may in fact be bad at basketball, so if she wanted to make a take off of basketball trick shot videos, especially one titled “the girl version,” why couldn’t she take longer than one second to think up a premise, rather than just flailing around like she was actually playing Dizzy Bat? What would her version of a basketball trick shot video be? Babies use a little plastic hoops. This kid throws hackie sacks in waste baskets. She could have at least gone for the old office game of wadded up piece of paper through the little basketball hoop above the trash can. Because, to me, the point of these videos is to demonstrate some mastery, to show you can do something worth filming and putting on the internet, low though that standard may be. Not flopping around, recycling jokes from 1993 Easy Spirit ads.
The end is the kicker though, when Capital One pops out of nowhere as a corporate sponsor, sending ELLE to the NCAA men’s championship to… continue to make an ass of herself? The video below is what they’ve gotten for their money so far. I hope they think that’s better than some of the other options that are out there.