In the video below, the artist known as Boonk Gang pulls out a handgun and a wad of cash at a radio interview. Who he? For that kind of intel there’s really only one reliable source: knowyourmeme.com . . .
Boonk Gang is the online pseudonym of South Florida resident John Robert Hill, who gained much online notoriety for posting footage of himself performing stunts and committing various crimes on Instagram.
On April 10th, the @boonk.ig Instagram feed was launched, with the first video featuring Hill going behind the counter at a Popeye’s Chicken fast food restaurant to steal a box of fried chicken. Within four months, the video gathered upwards of 1.22 million views.
On July 27th, Hill posted a video of himself throwing milkshakes on himself in a Chik-Fil-A restaurant and removing his clothes to celebrate reaching one million followers on Instagram.
I think Boonk is one of those poor unfortunate souls who failed to heed Kurt Vonnegut’s admonition: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
I mean, you don’t “pretend” to wave a gun around, especially with your finger on the trigger. That’s completely, irredeemably, irresponsible, even if it is postmodern performance art.
If the YouTube sensation had done that in front of me I’d bonk Boonk on the noggin, STAT. As it is I can only award him TTAG IGOTD award (from the safety and comfort of TTAG’s above ground bunker). Which I’m sure Mr. Hill will protest with suitably fake/real indignation.