This is a little tale all about the power of the man vs. the fourth estate.
In January, Newsweek put Grand Rapids, Michigan on a list of ‘America’s Dying Cities.’ The people of Grand Rapids were none too happy about this designation, so what did they do? The only thing they could — record the world’s largest lip dub of “American Pie:”
It’s like a Michael Bay movie: 5,000 people, a wedding, helicopters, bridges on fire, etc. OK, so it’s significantly smaller than a Michael Bay movie. (Side note: for extended Michael Bay movie discussion, check out Nerdist Podcast No. 89 with Kevin Pereira.)
Newsweek loved the video, responded on Facebook (that medium has really caught on, eh?), and noted that they didn’t really trash Grand Rapids — it was actually a website called mainstreet.com, and it got picked up on Newsweek as part of a content-sharing deal.
So basically, the entire thing was for naught? Eh. Still a damn good time.