To be a Rick, and not to roll

I sense a disturbance in the Humor Force:

YouTube has restricted access to a seven-year-old video upload that spawned the still-popular RickRoll meme, in which people trick others into watching [Rick] Astley shimmy in his cheesy “Never Gonna Give You Up” clip.

Simply titled “RickRoll’D,” the video was uploaded by YouTube user cotter548 and has amassed nearly 71 million views. It has been blocked by YouTube in several countries, including the United States.

The video-sharing giant did not immediately respond to request for comment on the takedown, which happened once before, albeit briefly, in 2012.

I have to believe this is a temporary measure, and that Rick has not in fact deserted us.


  1. fillyjonk »

    22 July 2014 · 9:44 am


    That was one of my favorite immature jokes ever. (From what I heard, it was apparently some dispute with the song’s composer/writer, not Astley. Astley seems rather amused by the whole thing and I think he’d rather just leave it up if it were up to him.)

  2. CGHill »

    22 July 2014 · 10:01 am

    Astley’s earnings from the video are close to nil, though it’s raised his profile in recent years; I have to assume it’s a Stock/Aitken/Waterman deal. (S/A/W wrote the song and produced the record.) Or maybe Colonel Abrams figured out that S/A/W borrowed one of his bass lines.

  3. McGehee »

    22 July 2014 · 5:41 pm

    Astley seems rather amused by the whole thing

    ISTR he once performed a live Rickrolling — something one would not expect of the unamused.

  4. fillyjonk »

    22 July 2014 · 6:12 pm

    At the Macy’s parade, no less.

    I remember that because I had to go through the whole explanation of what a Rickroll was to my mom when she asked why I was laughing. (I will say that was a LOT better than the time she asked me if I knew why “teabagger” was considered such an awful insult)

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