Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Where the hell is Matt?

I watched the newest wherethehellismatt video this morning (if you haven't watched them, good gravy, go do so right now), and as always was very moved.

It's just some dude, dancing -- dancing badly -- in places all over the world, with people joining in or not. It's a very simple concept, but it's incredibly moving, simply because every person in these videos -- all the dancers, no matter what odd clothes they're wearing or how different their skin color or facial features or visible level of health is from yours -- is just having such an awesome time. They're all laughing, goofing off, making fun of each other, making fun of Matt -- just as you would do.

And that's the clever thing about these videos: you watch them prepared to marvel at the exotic locales and fabulous scenery, and you do (Matt chooses some of the most brilliant backdrops), but what you take away with you is that everyone around the world, regardless of creed, class, color, gender etc etc, acts like a complete dork when dancing in front of a camera. More, that they act like the same kind of dork that you would act like.

And isn't that a lovely thing to know?