Has-been-turned-Internet-icon Rick Astley finally comments on the “Rickrolling” phenomenon in today’s LA Times. The “Rickroll” is an online fakeout in which bloggers present a link to something salacious – like a Lindsay Lohan sex tape – which instead re-directs to the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video on YouTube, bouffant, big sunglasses, and all. “If this had happened around some kind of rock song, with a lyric that really meant something – a Bruce Springsteen, “God bless America” … or an anti-something kind of song, I could kind of understand that,” Astley said. “But for something as, and I don’t mean to belittle it, because I still think it’s a great pop song, but it’s a pop song; do you know what I mean? It doesn’t have any kind of weight behind it, as such. But maybe that’s the irony of it.”
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.