This week has been big not only for viral videos, but for the world. News of the major earthquake in New Zealand, continuation of the protests in the Middle East & North Africa, and the Obama administration’s decision to stop defending the Defense Of Marriage Act made this an incredibly memorable week historically, and this was definitely mirrored by the videos that went viral this week. In addition to a clip from last weekend’s NBA Slam Dunk contest, and some other silly viral hits, we saw footage of devastation in New Zealand and Bahrain rake in millions of views. Check out this week’s most popular viral videos below.
Major Earthquake Has Hit Christchurch, New Zealand
Of course, this week our thoughts have been with New Zealanders who were affected by the terrible earthquake. This video of footage after the quake has been viewed over 2 million times this week. Note that some of the footage is hard to watch.
Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters with live rounds
Also garnering more than 2 million views this week is video footage of peaceful protesters in Bahrain being shot at and killed by the army. There has been some dispute about whether or not this video is real, but the general consensus seems to be that it is. This one, like the video footage back in 2009 of Iranian demonstrator Neda being killed, is difficult to watch. However, it definitely shows the importance of social media and web video in letting the world know what is going on during these sorts of protests. Warning: Watch at your own discretion.
I feel a little bit strange continuing this post, considering the fact that we saw so much devastation in these first two videos. However, despite what is going on in the world, the land of viral videos continues to prosper and there have been a number of viral hits this week with a more positive outlook.
Blake Griffin Jumps Over A Car
I’m a sucker for unbelievable slam dunks, and this one is no exception. At Sunday night’s NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, Blake Griffin jumped over a freakin’ car to dunk the ball. This video has over 1.3 million views so far.
5 year old needs a job before getting married
And here’s a little girl who’s been viewed over 1.9 million times this week. She’s five years old and she already knows so much about life and she has decided that she definitely needs a job before she gets married.
Playable Angry Birds Birthday Cake
A lucky six-year old got the coolest cake for his birthday this year, that’s making over 2.8 million viewers jealous. The cake is a playable Angry Birds cake. I want one! If you like this, check out our list of 10 hilarious Angry Birds videos.
MEME BONUS: The Chronicles Of Rick Roll – Official Teaser Trailer
And because this is a roundup of viral videos it wouldn’t be complete without a mention of this new trailer for ‘The Chronicles Of Rick Roll’. Apparently a new film is in the works starring all of your favorite YouTube memes, from the Double Rainbow guy to Antoine Dodson, Numa Numa, Boom Goes The Dynamite and more. I can’t wait to find out more about this!