The first thing you’ll notice about Corbin Corona’s ‘SuperStar’ video is that it’s spectacularly, cringe-inducingly awful. The second thing you’ll notice is that it looks like it cost a lot to make—probably upwards of $50,000. The third thing you’ll notice is that the initial wave of comments (including this gem: “This is very effectively composed”) are ridiculously positive, and that the number of “likes” it has received (2,773 as of this writing) absolutely defies credulity.
So how do we account for all this? The working theory on Reddit is that Corona’s wealthy parents paid for the video, the fake views, and the fake comments.
Not surprisingly, Corona denies this. “Hahaha you dumb ****s my parents are not rich hahahaha stupid muts,” he recently wrote in the video’s comments section. (According to an article in The Dallas Observer, Corona’s parents live in a $1.8 million mansion).
Whoever financed the video, it was clearly money well spent. Buoyed by Corona’s crazy crackhead energy, the video is an instant classic of the “What the heck were they thinking?” genre. The user comments (the one’s that Corona’s parents didn’t pay for, at least) describe Corona as a cross between Lil Wayne and Weird Al, but that doesn’t begin to do him justice: He’s much weirded than that.
Don’t be too stingy with the replay button. It could be a while before we see something this bafflingly awful/oddly compelling again.