Remember when you literally couldn't access the internet without being bombarded by that damn 'Baby Shark' song? It felt like a unique and bizarre form of torture.
Well, it seems a group of inmates at the Oklahoma County Jail agree ...
The "Baby Shark" song was everywhere this past year. But there are still people that have never heard the song or of its phenomenon. And if you're one of those people, then lucky you. We're here to break it down for you.Get ready to have this catchy tune in your head for years to come.
The origins of the "Baby Shark" song goes back a decade starting in Germany. It was then popularized by a video released in November 2015 by PinkFong, an education brand within Korean based startup SmartStudy.As of today, the video has more than 2.2 billion views on Youtube.
The beginning of the song starts with bars that are reminiscent of the music from the movie 'Jaws.'Of course, there is a Jaws connection. Mind-blowing!
And if you haven't figured it out yet, the sing-along is about a family of sharks who go hunt a school of fish that escape to safety.The video features dance moves for each character. Not only is it a sing-along, but it also has a simple routine for the entire family. This is probably the secret sauce for the popularity of "Baby Shark."
What's really wild about the song is that it's a Billboard top 100 hit!The song hit #32 on the Billboard charts the first week of January 2019. I did not know this but I'm genuinely impressed that a simple nursery rhyme can be on music charts. Apparently, back in 2012 Billboard changed some rules which took into account songs that have high viewership on Youtube. With "Baby Shark" having billions of views, it easily slipped onto the TOP 100 chart.
It's no wonder the creators of the dance video want to capitalize on its popularity. However, not everyone is excited about it, mostly parents.There's a lot of love/hate surrounding it because it's the song that gets stuck in everyone's head. We're currently having a hard time focusing on writing this for all of you because all we keep thinking is "doo doo doo doo doo doo..."
The creators of the "Baby Shark" music video looked to popular K-Pop styles to influence their video.Trendy beats, upbeat rhythms, catchy lyrics, and a simple dance routine. That's all it took.
Now they're invading our homes with more Baby Shark-like materials. Infiltrating more of our devices like Alexa and Google Home with games, and our streaming services with a Netflix show.
Of course, a viral catchy song like "Baby Shark" wasn't excluded from being the topic of a lot of funny tweets.
via: TwitterIt's gotten to the point where if you can't beat 'em, tweet about 'em.
The song even has remixes.
via: TwitterWhen it gets to this point, just back away slowly, don't make eye contact, and let them tire themselves out. We can actually thank "Baby Shark" for that, not much else.
Some of us don't know how to respond without quoting lyrics from Baby Shark.
via: TwitterThe song has made history, and it's also made some of us forget what we were talking about, "doo doo doo doo doo doo."
And then there's this mom who is totally cool with the song.
via: TwitterShe's probably the only one, and we're a bit concerned about her to be honest.
The craze is not only hitting parents of young children, it seems.
via: TwitterNo one is safe. We heard it playing over the speakers at the supermarket recently.
Anything to get this song out of our heads!
via: TwitterIf the song could go away and the ice cream machine at McDonald's to never break down, that would be great.
This will not end well.
via: TwitterIt's impossible to get rid of!
This sounds frightening but it could work.
via: TwitterIt's like they say, revenge is best served with a karaoke machine that only plays "Baby Shark."
My guess is that a lot of us are losing.
via: TwitterTo whoever has not lost it while listening to the song that-shall-not-be-named, we salute you!
Celebrities are really just like us, they can't escape it either.
via: TwitterCardi B has an almost 1-year-old daughter and apparently, she loves the "Baby Shark" song too.
Cardi B gave us a fashion runway look with Baby Shark playing in the background. That's how much the song has taken over her life.
Even before becoming a Billboard hit, the song went full-on Hollywood when Kylie Jenner posted a picture with some of the lyrics in her caption.
TODAY show host Hoda Kotb also got in on the craze.
via: TwitterHoda is a mother of her own, so that makes her a Mama shark, too!
It was a little comforting knowing that celebrities also cannot escape this song.Doesn't matter where you are from or what your background is, the "Baby Shark" song will come for you. Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, name a celebrity and they've been affected by it too.
It went viral when people started posting videos of themselves doing the Baby Shark Challenge.Remember the In My Feelings challenge? But instead of that song, play "Baby Shark" and the Baby Shark Challenge was born.
This dad took it to a new level by dressing up as a shark while doing the Baby Shark Challenge.
via: TwitterThis is wholesome content right here.
There was even a baby shark abs challenge ...
via: TwitterThis is it, the song has officially taken over every aspect of our lives.
But now the song's unique earworm status has landed it in some hot water.
via: TwitterAs some Oklahoma County Jail staff have been charged with using it in a cruel manner...
The officers have been charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a prisoner and conspiracy.
via: ShutterstockInmates say they were forced to stand with their hands cuffed to a wall and listen to the irritating tune on repeat.
The treatments occurred in November and December of last year.
via: ShutterstockAnd the offense was repeated against at least 4 inmates for up to 2 hours at a time.
There's even video evidence of the offense.
via: ShutterstockAn investigator claimed the treatment was particularly cruel as it "put undue emotional stress on the inmates who were most likely already suffering from physical stressors."
"The officers systematically worked together and used the... attorney booth as a means to discipline inmates and teach them a lesson because they felt that disciplinary action within the Detention Center was not working in correcting the behavior of the inmates."
via: ShutterstockThe punishment for these officers is not yet known.