Some might say that the latest Viner of the Week, Cody Ko, is a bit too judgmental in his videos, but I think he should be honored for his bluntness. Most reaction-based vines include a lot of dramatic screaming, followed up by intense face-wincing or some form of painful expression. Ko opts for more of a straight-to-the-point vibe in both his script and delivery.
It must be refreshing for his 720k followers to scroll through their vine feeds and enjoy six seconds of no fuss hilarity. Ko doesn’t drown his audience in overdone physical comedy or ridiculous audio effects. Rather, he makes ridiculous confessions, offers a quick commentary on other vines, or performs a skit with an obvious punchline. Sure, sometimes he is a little crude, but hey, at least he’s being honest.
I’m not condoning Ko’s decision to watch porn on his iPad in public, but in his vines “me on a plane” and “smh mind ur own business buddy,” (indeed, filmed on the same day) he manages to slip in a message to the haters about their attitude.
In his vine “groundbreaking stuff,” Ko embodies the lost art of sarcasm. The majority of this post includes the clip of another young man’s vine in which he explains how he acts in the presence of a spider in front of a girl (acting brave) versus when he is alone (not so brave). Ko only pops in for a second or two at the end to exhale.
A few days ago, Ko posted a vine especially relevant this time of year called “family dinners,” in which he refuses to curb his anger towards his mother for forcing him to say grace before their meal. His reaction is, of course, over the line, out of bounds, inappropriate and downright disrespectful of elders.
You have to give Ko credit though; he has posted at least one vine every couple of days for weeks now. And if you sift through enough of his videos, you’ll realize that he is actually laughing at himself more than other people.