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Meet Adam Buckley, your average 33-year-old man who lives in London, Ontario, Canada. He's a cynic with a wise perspective on life... and he's also a web comedian who does weekly rants on YouTube in an attempt to bring "professional, scripted comedy" to the platform.His first rant, "London Transit Strike", was published on December 10th, 2009, and is available for listening exclusively at his website. His 100th rant, "Music Fans", was published on January 17th, 2013.Along with his usual rants, he also has side-series, which he calls "Supplements". The most popular series he has is "Musical Autopsy", where he "dissects a song to find out what the fuck is wrong with it". Another one of his long-running series is "Advice No One Asked For", in which he steals a question asked to an advice columnist, and answers it himself: cynically and according to him, "the way it was supposed to be answered". Other Supplements include "Scumbags Of The Internet", where Buckley rips on a person or group, famous or otherwise, for their reprehensible behaviour, "Bad Head", where Buckley reads headlines from various sources and makes a joke about them, and "Buckley Reads Tweets From Rappers" (a.k.a. "Tweeting Rainbow"), where Buckley does Exactly What It Says on the Tin.In August 2013, Buckley released his first attempt at premium content, Nerd Rants: Series 1. This is followed up with You Are Not Special, an original children's fable too dark for children (or adults for that matter), and Nerd Rants: Series 2.He also does "Ten Worst Songs of [Year]" lists, which have gained him the most popularity. His YouTube channel can be found here.
This series provides examples of the following:
Anti-Hero: Buckley is a cynical angry man that appears to hate the entire planet but at the end of the day has a lot more morality than the people he targets and has many heartwarming moments."
Analogy Backfire: LMFAO - "Party Rock Anthem" - "Yo, I'm runnin' through these hos like Drano". Buckley replies, "Drano through hos? Wouldn't that kill them?"
REQUESTS.note However, the "Planking" video was a rare exception to the rule since Buckley didn't have a topic ready that week.
Brutal Honesty: All the time. Buckley does not hide his emotions when talking, letting the audience know when something isn't right.
Canada, Eh?: Although Buckley's videos attempt to appeal to both American and Canadian audiences, some of his videos deal with Canadian topics (e.g. the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, the 2011 Canada Post strike, Canadian marriage fraud, Verizon attempting to enter the Canadian cell phone market, Target's failure in Canada, etc).
However, in his "Tim Hortons' Cup Sizes" video, Buckley admits that he is not very Canadian: he doesn't follow hockey, hates winter, and doesn't drink Tim Hortons coffee, all of which he claims may be acts of high treason against Canada.
Caption Humour: Since most of his videos are comprised of still images, it comes up often.
Catch Phrase: Commonly used as sign-offs for his "Supplements".
"This has been Musical Autopsy... bag it and tag it."
One of the few times he's deviated from that was when he wound up doing a Musical Autopsy after some members of Wiz Khalifa's fandom harassed him over his placement of "Black and Yellow" on his "Worst Songs of 2011" list, insisting that the song was about the Pittsburgh Steelersnote due to their main team colors being black and yellow with a white secondary, as well as the fact that the Steelers organization had paid for Black and Yellow to serve as their team anthem while Buckley had(correctly) stated that that song was about Khalifa's car: a yellow mustang with black racing stripes. After masterfully tearing the song apart, pointing out that there are vague-at-best references to Pittsburgh itself with absolutely no references to the team or even Pittsburgh's legendary steel industry(which is where the name "Steelers" comes from), Buckley concluded with a snarling "This has been Musical Autopsy, fuck your mother!"
His Christmas Songs Autopsy ends with a more holiday-appropriate "wrap it and tag it".
Buckley signs off each "Advice No One Asked For" with "I'm Buckley, and you're welcome".
"So thanks to today's 'Scumbag of the Internet', [scumbag's name], for making us all feel better by knowing no matter what we do in life, we'll always be better than [he/she/they] [is/are]."
The Faceless: Shows his face in only a few episodes, most often in his "Jason's J'opinions" parody videos.
In the "So You Want to be a YouTube Commentator" video, he justifies his facelessness by stating that audio quality is a high priority for him, mentioning that most video cameras have poor quality microphones and editing audio seamlessly is easier than editing video seamlessly.
Fandom: Buckley devotes an entire rant about them, and why he hates them in Nerd Rants: Series 2. He also explains that one can be a fan of something (e.g. comic books, TV shows, video games, etc.) without being in a fandom.
Genre Savvy: Often prefaces certain comments or observations he makes with "Now I know what I'm about to say is going to have some of you people say "Ugh Buckley is racist/insensitive/sexist/etc.." but..."
Similarly, "This isn't always true, but stereotypes exist for a reason" and "Yes, I'm aware that not every fan...is like this; however, broad strokes get the fence painted faster!"
God: A firm disbeliever of it. If it's not scientifically proven, it's bullshit.
Grammar Nazi: Oh, is he ever. Don't hold your hopes that he'll forgive your misspellings. And while he's eager to point them out in every sort of his videos, his feature Buckley Reads Tweets from Rappers seems to be the first one dedicated entirely to this.
"When you're insulting someone's intelligence on the internet, one should be mindful of their own spelling and grammar. In other words, don't call someone a retard when you spell like a retard."
Hates Everyone Equally: As he says in the annotation for his Scumbags of the Internet #6 video, "Buckley is an equal opportunity asshole!"
He-Man Woman Hater: Jokingly "admitted" to being a misogynist in his "Worst Songs of 2011" video. Though, to his credit, he once called Chris Brown a "woman-beating piece of shit", so he has standards..
And even if he was a misogynist, he's not, in his own words, "a misinformed misogynist."
Hipster: Can be at times, hating things that become popular.
Says that he's been into Asian girls since 1989 - a period of time when Asians were thoroughly hated and prejudiced against.
Mentions them when he listed the Rej3ct's "Cat Daddy" in his "Worst Songs of 2011" list, asking why, when black culture decided to rip some off from white culture for a changenote after mentioning how white culture stole Rhythm and Blues to make Rock 'n Roll and Rap to make Nu-Metal, they decided to rip off hipsters, of all things, from white culture.
Ultimately subverted, as his comments on We Are Young in his Worst Songs of 2012 video reveals that he has pretty negative views on "indie hipster bullshit."
He explains that he was reluctant of putting "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj on The Ten Worst Songs of 2014, because he's sick of hearing about it, and then says that you can call him a "Hipster of hate."
Hidden Depths: He can bake. From scratch too. Although he wonders why women aren't fighting over him despite knowing this.
Buckley: I've been criticized in the past for how I pronounce Rihanna's (pronounced as "Ree-anne-ah") name. Have a listen to this... Rihanna (voice clip): Hi, this is Rihanna (pronounced as "Ree-anne-ah"). Buckley: That's Rihanna saying her own name. So to everyone who says "Ree-awn-uh": I'm right; you're wrong.
Jerkass Has a Point: He's harsh about the subject at hand, but it's mainly because of how idiotic that person or group of people convey themselves.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his angry, cynical perspective on life and music, he actually respects a lot of people and actually does some nice things - even if he doesn't approve of what he does. He's not that bad of a person when he's not ranting about various topics.
Judge, Jury, and Executioner: One reason why Buckley hates YouTube. YouTube's Content ID system allows the owner(s) of copyrighted material to decide whether or not a Content ID claim violates copyright instead of having either YouTube themselves or a third party review the claim and render the decision. Buckley states that he has no problem with companies enforcing copyright. However, he does have a problem when a company illegitimately claims or blocks a video protected under Fair Use and chooses to uphold their claim after rejecting a user's appeal.
Buckley later calls out Warner for abusing the Content ID system as a form of censorship, first blocking a Musical Autopsy of the Black Keys' "Turn Blue", then blocking a parody video from Greenpeace using music and imagery from The LEGO Movie to criticize Lego and its partnership with Shell.
Last Name Basis: He refers to himself as 'Buckley' - so do his fans (and haters).
Laughing Mad: Possibly the only time he does this. He does this in Advice No One Asked For 20 after reading the question.
Literal-Minded: When talking about Beyonce's Run the World (Girls), he calculates that girls actually run 6.86% of the world note as of 15.12.2011 and calls Beyonce out on incorrect information.
Man Child: His "30 is the New 20" rant is about people like this... including himself. It is arguably his only rant so far that crosses the line between biting humor and just being plain depressing.
Jason (a parody character of bad, ameteurish YouTubers) tends to exhibit a few man-child traits.
Mr. Exposition: Tends to stop rants to explain certain things (though he calls them "mid-rant rants").
OOC Is Serious Business: The only time he's ever been truly offended at something was when Nicki Minaj said 'nigger monkey' in "Stupid Hoe". This is coming from someone who gets routinely (if falsely) accused of racism, casually uses the word 'retarded' on occasion, and doesn't seem to care about offending anyone.
The only time he's ever laughed in a video was in the twentieth episode of Advice No One Asked For, when he read a letter from a man complaining that he'd only had sex with his wife nine times in the last year.
And in "Baking with Buckley- Throatclosers, he laughs about people with peanut allergies, saying it's a dumb way to die
Playing the Victim Card: Buckley calls out the subject of "Scumbags of the Internet #6", Carla, for doing this. Even though (ex-)CBC Radio personality Jian Ghomeshi made inappropriate advances on Carla, she only went out with him because she thought he was gay (and his groping proved otherwise), and she was using him to advance her career as a professional writer.
Precision F-Strike: At the end of the Musical Autopsy of "Black and Yellow", after disproving the belief held by some members of Wiz Khalifa's fandom that the song is about the Pittsburgh Steelers note Since the main colors of the team are, well, black and yellow, along with most of the other Pittsburgh sports teams and, in fact, about his car, he signs off with this:
"This has been Musical Autopsy;fuck your mothers."
Rule of Funny: Word of God states that one of the criteria for including songs in the Worst Songs of the Year videos is that there must be something funny he can say about them, and this is why So Ok Its Average songs tend not to be there.
"This has been Musical Autopsy... bag it and tag it."
Every "Advice No One Asked For" video ends with the William Tell Overture.
During "The Ten Worst Songs" produced of that year, his honourable mentions are always after the #1 pick, and he always ends the video with by playing out the top worst song.
"AND NOW... FOR A PRE/MID/POST-RANT RANT!"
Larry the Legal Eagle shows up whenever Buckley is talking about law.
Santa Claus: Says he won't tell his future-children about him because he doesn't want them to grow up believing in bullshit.
Self-Deprecation: As Buckley states in his "Nintendo Fans are Morons" video: "If you can't make fun of the things you love, you don't deserve to make fun of the things you hate."
Sell Out: When Buckley released his first premium album, Nerd Rants: Series 1, and sold a run of t-shirts, the droolies and mouth-breathers call him out on "selling out". Buckley then has to post a video explaining that trying to make a living off something you enjoy doing is not selling out but sacrificing one's principles (e.g. a band or musician changing their sound to appeal to mainstream audiences, a band or musician including product placements in their music videos, etc.) in order to earn money is. Midway in the video, Buckley does a parody dose where he hypothetically sells out, shilling Burger King, bashing McDonalds and having all of his cursing censored.
Buckley explains that he doesn't monetize his videos through YouTubenote If a video of Buckley's, usually a Musical Autopsy, has an ad, those are placed by a third party claimant (e.g. Sony, Warner, Universal, etc.) due to YouTube's Content ID system because it would be hypocritical of him to do a rant about a particular topic and the pre-roll ad is for the very thing Buckley is ranting about. Buckley only promotes things he endorses (e.g. his premium albums) with a five second bumper before his rant of the week.
Shown Their Work: Buckley does research on his topic each week, citing his sources whenever he pulls news articles or statistics.
Straw Misogynist: "Yes, I'm a misogynist. But not an ill-informed one." Though, this is a joke because people kept accusing him of being a misogynist.
Take That: One of his highlights for his Nerd Rants: Series 1 album reads as follows —
Buckley:(After Nicki holds a long "note") Fuck, that is really annoying! This is the second time I heard her do this; I believe she's trying to make it a trademark of her's, holding a quote-unquote "note" for a very long time, then taking a deep breath before returning to the song. She also does it on the remix for Big Sean's "[Dance] (Ass)". I can't imagine anything else in this song being more annoying than that. Nicki Minaj: ♪You a stupid hoe! You a, you a stupid hoe!♪ (repeated over and over) Buckley: Well, I fucking imagined wrong, didn't I?
This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: According to him, Buckley has spent a grand total of 18 hours outside of Canada in border towns in Michigan and New York. And the image caption states "Counts as being outside of Canada, bitches!".
The Beautiful Game: Admits that it's the only team related sport he tolerates enough to watch in his "North Americans and Football" video.
However, Buckley later admits in another video that as a teenager, he often misused the word "random". In the same video, he calls the Oxford English Dictionary a "fucking joke", comparing it to Urban Dictionary for including the misused definition of words.
Wonders why LMFAO keep talking about 'rocking' and making 'rock' music, when they aren't.
Comes up at least once in each of his "Worst of Songs 20xx" videos, except in 2013. In the first two cases, the words in question already have an established slang meaning.
In 2010, it was Soulja Boy with "swag"note a window decoration OR free promotional items (e.g. pens, coozies, etc), NOT style.
In 2011, it was YC with "racks"note a place to store your hats, spices, or bikes OR cleavage, NOT money.
In 2012, it was Juicy J with "bands"note rubber bands, NOT money.
Calls out Katy Perry for calling herself a "dark horse" in the song of the same name. Buckley states that she is a "sure thing" with nearly all of her main release singles hitting the Top 40.
You Need to Get Laid: In his "Hate Comments" video, Buckley receives this as one of his comments and explains why it is not a valid argument.
"Ah, my favourite; the old 'You need to get laid'. Because, apparently, I've never had sex, and only people who had sex like poorly, lazily produced pop music. If I had known that, I would've never ever had sex in my life, but luckily, 'stupid' is not a sexually-transmitted disease, and I'm fine. I find this argument usually comes from people who are virgins themselves; people who believe 'sex solves everything', because if they ever had sex, they know that it doesn't change the way you perceive music, movies, TV shows, sports, or anything else people like to use this argument for."