The amount of crap I went through when that Cookie video went viral was enough to make anyone heave. It was just a rough time. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I now understand why Britney Spears shaved her head.
In case you hadn’t heard, I had a video on Youtube go viral in April and I’m still dealing with the fallout.
Well yes, if you don’t mind having to weed through 5000 comments on your Youtube account and removing all of the ones from what appeared to be Neanderthal teenagers with filthy mouths, can’t spell and are basically disgusting.
Oh yeahhh! If you don’t mind people pirating the video all over the place and claiming it’s theirs. Then when Youtube takes it down, they get mad, call you names even I’ve never heard of, damn you to the fiery pits of Hades and threaten to beat you up. I had my attorney on speed-dial. (Yes, I had to get one.)
Umm, when you have a producer on the phone from “The Today Show” and they want the video 15 minutes ago for the show that’s going on in 20 minutes, and you have to figure out what to do, that’s cause for a drink. But I couldn’t because I had to go to work. At that point, I also had my Manager on speed-dial. (Yes, one of those too…)
Of course, Cookie’s video did nothing but help raise the profile of the Cincinnati Zoo. But I haven’t heard from them with the exception of my friend Steve. I emailed him and asked how things were going around his neck of the woods during this hell pit of a firestorm. Steve doesn’t waste words. He simply replied, “Epic.”
Well, yes. Someone left a comment that they got to see Cookie the other day and “touch his beak” which is impossible as Cookie was molting at the time, so he was not in a public area. And even if he was able to be seen, I can assure you that you don’t touch the penguins unless you work there or are invited there. So that was a complete pile of penguin-pucky.
So, all in all, it was an interesting experience. It hasn’t ended yet however and I’ll be dealing with Cookie for a long time. But it’s been an interesting ride and although it was nerve-wracking I learned a lot. And I guess maybe that was the entire point. Maybe I should just stick to parrots.
June 9, 2011 at 8:48 am
I would be scared to leave a comment box after all you have already been through with the last comment box, Good Luck with this one cause you know they’re here just waiting to pounce.
June 9, 2011 at 9:02 am
I’m confused … what was everyone so upset about? I went and looked at the videos you have on Parrot Nation and found nothing but cuteness and education …
June 9, 2011 at 9:09 am
Most of the comments were from smart-mouthed kids that leave rude sexual comments that have absolutely nothing to do with the content on Youtube. Cookie’s video was commented on by a guy that has a popular channel on Youtube and he liked the video, but of course had to be a smart-ass about it as that’s what his channel is about. So these “lemming teenagers” had to come and repeat what he said and it was just all dreck and nonsense. And anyone who used the “F” word, got axed as well. There’s too many kids who watch the video for them to be seeing posts like that.
And of course the people who pirated the video got mad because when it was removed because they lost a source of income revenue generated by the hits on Cookies video. It was a tense couple of weeks, I’ll tell you that… : )
June 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm
Hmmmm. Chalk up another reason why I’ll never post anything on Youtube. Hope it all blows over without any more bad stuff.
June 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm
It’s truly unfortunate that the Cookie video ended up being a case of “no good deed goes unpunished,” but you’ve obviously come to grips with the experience. Crummy that you had to deal with negative & rude jerks. Don’t know if you should “just stick to parrots.” You’re a tough cookie (lol) in all the right ways, so keep up the good work! 🙂
June 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm
No matter what happens, you always make me feel better about everything. You say the right things in the right way and it’s always better when you say something. Thank you so much!
June 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm
You’re very, very welcome! 🙂
July 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm
great video.. i’m curious about the interaction ‘tween the person & the pengi with the various noises and physical affections… very parent-and-child i thought.. very cute
oh yeah, and consider locking comments so that no more can be added if ur getting too much negative stuff you have to weed through. u just go to your video’s edit page, and disable comments. or you can filter (block) specific individuals too, or have the comments moderated, etc. (there are options to make the experience less painful)
July 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Seconding what Amrahd said. I’d say 75% of the people on youtube are idiots/internet bullies, sadly. You’d have an easier time just blocking the comments all together.
I enjoyed the video though. Cookie is just so adorable!
July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Do you actually get stressed out by swear words on the internet? Take a chill pill and get over yourself; it’s just a video of a penguin, not the cure for cancer.
July 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Paula, I’ll send you some of the comments. Some of them are beyond bizarre. Some were psychotic, bordering on the sociopathic. A few were threatening.
February 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm
I so very much enjoyed the video of Cookie, I’m sorry it caused you such grief and headaches.