Ylvis takes on Massachusetts

I’m a Ylvis fan. You’re a Ylvis fan. We’re all Ylvis fans.

We’re also a fan of the great state of Massachusetts. If you’re not, I kindly ask you to transfer schools right this instant. Have some pride!

Hailing from the Bay State myself, the appearance of Ylvis’ newest comedic music video, “Massachusetts,” caused two reactions from my Masshole friends and I: first, excitement that a popular Norwegian comedy duo would write a song about us, and secondly, confusion as to why in the world they would go from writing about fox noises to… well… a pretty “normal” place, as far as states go.

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The normalcy of the whole video was what was so funny about it. The local dance group from Pingryville, the Bank of America backdrop, the legitimate tastiness of brie–but am I the only person who didn’t know Nelson Mandela has a house here? Still speculative on that one. I actually tried researching it and got no answers, so I guess I’ll have to take their word for it.

My absolute favorite part was at 3:28 when the camera focuses in on a wooden sign reading, “Fan-Ta-Sea.” Ylvis was right on with this shot; there are a gazillion different ocean and beach word play variations out there and I come across them constantly. In fact, I got a graduation present from my mom that was a necklace that reads: “Seas the day.” The funniest part is she didn’t even notice it didn’t say “seize,” but that’s a whole other reaction article in the making. Oh Massachusetts, land of a thousand puns.

An alarm went off when I noticed the abundance of old men in this video. We’re not Florida, Ylvis. This brings me to my main reaction from the video (other than the lack of mention of Martha’s Vineyard—which is definitely the best thing about this state. I have some bias, I guess): what’s with all the gay references? Actually, it’s not just a reference but more of a statement: “Checking out the nightlife, and suddenly you’re sucking on a c*ck.” Well that’s upfront.

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Is this their way of supporting Massachusetts’ recognition of gay marriage? I suppose since they’re so in love with our state that it must be their way of giving us a head nod, but I can’t say I wasn’t a bit confused about their intent. Comedic effect perhaps? They certainly got a reaction out of me.

All in all, a weird video, but not in the way “The Fox” was weird. No, they have also mastered the weirdness of the average. Watch out The Lonely Island, Ylvis is taking over.

Images courtesy of Maddie Webster / Gavel Media.

Featured Image via Wikimedia Commons.




About Maddie Webster, Assoc. Opinions Editor

School, major and year: A&S, History, 2017
Hometown: West Tisbury, MA
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? With the exception of my roommates (don’t kill me), the Gaveliers are easily the funniest, smartest, and obviously most attractive people I’ve met at BC. The fact that I even look forward to our mandatory meetings says it all.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? Challenge accepted. We’d start the day with a wholesome Mac breakfast and Chocolate Bar coffee, then we would head to the bookstore and get them some trendy BC clothing. A stroll around the Res would follow, complete with Instagram-ing Gasson from afar. We’d stop at the Rat for some Thursday Mac ‘n Cheese and go back to the dorm and take a nap because there really isn’t anything better than a good college nap. Well, maybe a few things. The day would end with a BC Eagles hockey game and a crazy #socollege night to follow. Welcome to BC, prospective students.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? “Get yourself a proper iPhone case, girl. You’re going to shatter your new phone while tailgating in a couple weeks, and it’s going to suck. Also, don’t freak out about spending all of your dining bucks because it’s not going to happen. Not even a little bit, so get the salmon.”
What is your favorite study spot on campus? I actually have no idea. This could be because a) I don’t study or b) it’s my bed and that’s a boring answer.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Chicken wings! Not tenders. Wings.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult (I swear I'm not goth).
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? There's a well known sailboat in one of the harbors on Martha's Vineyard called The Shenandoah: My friend and I built a model of the boat and wore it as a Halloween costume. Killed it.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Thai Cuisine in Oak Bluffs, MA
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Saturday Night Live from the late 1980's: Dana Carvey, Mike Meyers, Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon, etc. Those guys are arguably the coolest Not Ready for Prime Time Players to date!
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