"Brooklyn Boys" Perfectly Spoofs "Brooklyn Girls"

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A couple weeks ago, you'll recall, the internet did what it did best and lost its collective mind when a young music artist with seafoam colored hair, Catey Shaw, held a mirror up to Williamsburg and showed it exactly how the world sees it in her song and video "Brooklyn Girls." She was immediately labeled the Rebecca Black of Brooklyn Gentrification who made a video everyone hates but isn't really that bad (or is it) if you're not lying to yourself. Or something. By now, you know how these things go. The first stage is outrage. The second is defense. Then comes the Twitter round up. Then we get a little more creative. SCENE.

It's all very ripe for parody, and now that's here too, in the form of a pitch-perfect video, "Brooklyn Boys," from directors Teddy Vuong and Richard Jordan.

See also: Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" Party at Baby's All Right

The video, we're told, was conceived in the kitchen of Laura Rubin after talking about Brooklyn's love-hate relationship with Catey Shaw's original. "We're a group of Brooklynites in our 20s - 30s who thought it would be fun to create a parody video," says Rubin, who appears briefly in the video and served a role as producer on the shoot. "Let's face it -- there's a lot to love and parody about Brooklyn." (Full disclosure, Rubin is the Digital Marketing and Promotions Coordinator here at the Voice.)

She's right, and as you can see below, they get the parody just right. Even Shaw herself thinks so.

Here's the video. We've included the lyrics, so you can sing along if you like.

Brooklyn 11211 is a place where nobody comes from when i move there, i'll be an artist as well...

Tossin' shoes on a wire
job search has got me tired
call my dad before the rent is due.

Got my filters on Instagram
so my friends all know that I'm the man,
Cause i came from Ohio
but tonight, I own the borough!

Brooklyn Boys
how do they get all those Brooklyn girls
Brooklyn boys
when they walk in their 'staches curl

Tinder swipes on my iPhone
my 10 roommates are not home
I'm gonna show her downward dog,

New place you've never heard of
4 hour wait at Robertas?
Can't wait to have my kale pancakes!

But i don't know what I'm doin'
when my mom asks what I'm doin'
but my microbrews are brewing
and I'm wasted before noon-in

Brooklyn Boys
when we walk in we rule the world
Brooklyn Boys
So tough and pretty like those Brooklyn Girls

Waiting for the G train...
Still waitin' for the G train...

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17 comments
brigitteharris15
brigitteharris15

Wow. When you read the comments you realize how people don't read anymore. Did any of you (with the exception of Sarah Olivia b/c I'm not sure what the "HA" was in reference to) read the article? This video was a PARODY of another video. They were making fun of the fact that most people who "represent" BK were not born and raised in BK. Although personally I could care less. I was born in NY and lived in every boro but the Bronx and guess what? If we are American, we are ALL immigrants. Or our ancestors ALL came from different countries. BK now is different from BK in the 90's and BK 90's is different from BK 70;s, 60's, 50's...etc. Every decade there is a change in music, fashion, food... Coney Island may have a lot of Russians now but 50 years ago there was a large Jewish population; Austrian to be more precise. Before them it was probably German or Irish. Point is, every 20 years or so a large population of a specific race will overtake a different part of every boro in NY. Always has, always will. In 20 years the hipsters we know and love today will be replaced by some futuristic blend of hipsters and gangsters and whoever else is "repping these streets" right now.

brigitteharris15
brigitteharris15

Wow. When you read the comments you realize how people don't read anymore. Did any of you (with the exception of Sarah Olivia b/c I'm not sure what the "HA" was in reference to) read the article? This video was a PARODY of another video. They were making fun of the fact that most people who "represent" BK were not born and raised in BK. Although personally I could care less. I was born in NY and lived in every boro but the Bronx and guess what? If we are American, we are ALL immigrants. Or our ancestors ALL came from different countries. BK now is different from BK in the 90's and BK 90's is different from BK 70;s, 60's, 50's...etc. Every decade there is a change in music, fashion, food... Coney Island may have a lot of Russians now but 50 years ago there was a large Jewish population; Austrian to be more precise. Before them it was probably German or Irish. Point is, every 20 years or so a large population of a specific race will overtake a different part of every boro in NY. Always has, always will. In 20 years the hipsters we know and love today will be replaced by some futuristic blend of hipsters and gangsters and whoever else is "repping these streets" right now.

Margaret Kelly Kenefick
Margaret Kelly Kenefick

Do us all a favor and go back to Ohio. How dare u say u are a Brooklyn boy? U don't have a clue and if u think 11211 is Brooklyn u need a reality check. Go the hell home and leave Brooklyn to the real boys!

jeanlouis61
jeanlouis61

this is sad.  i have no issue with hipsters and such but please miss me with the narrow view of what Brooklyn is.  Yeah, its a large boro that few people see all of especially if you dont have a car, but showing two neighborhoods in all these "Brooklyn" videos looks really dumb.    And even though they are in Bushwick/williamsburg, they seem to somehow miss a lot of the black and latino people.....

CalmerThanYouAre
CalmerThanYouAre

This is the best video I have ever seen. Better than the other one for sure.

Thanks, Obama

Linda Mayer
Linda Mayer

Lousy vid. btw some of us were actually born and raised in Brooklyn. Imagine that

Bksucks
Bksucks

1. The G train doesn't even run through their neighborhood. They're just bashing the G because they've heard other people bash it.

2. This video isn't a parody, it's a call and response from one group of losers to another.

3. This video just sucks.

4. You're not NOT an artist because you live in a crappy trendy neighborhood for hipsters. The reason ur you're not an artist is because you work as a digital social media editor for the Village Voice. Can you please just leave art out of this?

5. Move back to Ohio. This is worse than the first video.

6. This isn't a parody they're just trying to bask in the reflected media hype of that other loser. Which makes this especially pathetic.

Bksucks
Bksucks

1. The G train doesn't even run through their neighborhood. They're just bashing the G because they've heard other people bash it.

2. This video isn't a parody, it's a call and response from one group of losers to another.

3. This video just sucks.

4. You're not NOT an artist because you live in a crappy trendy neighborhood for hipsters. The reason ur you're not an artist is because you work as a digital social media editor for the Village Voice. Can you please just leave art out of this?

5. Move back to Ohio. This is worse than the first video.

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