Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2010]
Origins: This video clip purportedly showing school kids performing a stage version of Scarface, the 1983 Brian
However, according to various sources (such as TMZ), this video did not originate as a taped record of an elementary school play; the stage work was professionally produced and directed:
Instead, it's the work of director Marc Klasfeld and Rockhard Films who did the videos for Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" and Adam Lambert's "For Your Entertainment." It was produced in L.A. within the last few weeks and the audience members were a mix of cast family members, colleagues and friends.
As for Lil' Tony and his co-stars, they were selected through a casting agent known for finding child actor look-alikes for adult stars.
With the quirky homage to "Scarface," Klasfeld said "we had a great cast, great kids and great
"We definitely suspected that would happen," said Klasfeld, a father of two who says he wonders why the most vocal critics of the ironic video don't speak out more against the sexualization of young girls in American culture or the relentless violence on screens of all sorts.
"Everyday when I wake up with my daughter and I turn on the television for her and we're constantly guarding her against all these unnecessary sexual [messages] bombarding
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