One of the oldest, classic Internet memes has let us down and deserted us
The original music video for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” the basis for the Rickrolling bait-and-switch meme, has been blocked by YouTube in several countries, including the United States. The video was first uploaded by YouTube user cotter548 on May 15, 2007 and was temporarily taken down due to copyright disputes once before, in 2012.
In remembrance of the original video’s takedown, we present you with five memorable Rickrolling moments.
1) Rickrolling at Shea Stadium
During each home game, the New York Mets host an 8th inning “sing along” event. In 2008, fans flooded online ballots with requests for “Never Gonna Give You Up,” effectively Rickrolling a crowd of thousands in a stadium that, like the original video, has also since come down. Read more…