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People Are Celebrating 10 Years Since One Of The Greatest Videos Of All Time

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People Are Celebrating 10 Years Since One Of The Greatest Videos Of All Time

Oh Lord, Jesus, it’s been 10 whole years since Sweet Brown took the internet by storm with her catchphrase: “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.

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The Oklahoma City resident became a viral sensation a decade ago in 2012 when she was interviewed by local news station KFOR News Channel 4 after safely evacuating her apartment building that was set on fire.

And while many would be in shock over such an incident, Brown – whose real name Kimberly Wilkins - somehow managed to entertain the masses as she recounted hilarious details about how she escaped the life-threatening incident – with 'no shoes or nothing Jesus'.

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The interview originally aired on US TV on 8 April 2012, and was subsequently uploaded to YouTube where it struck a chord with users and instantly became a viral hit.

A decade on, our lives are still the better for Brown’s catchphrases, as well as the countless memes and autotune remixes that were produced from the original 41-second clip.

It's been 10 years since Sweet Brown's interview went viral. Credit: KFOR News Channel 4
It's been 10 years since Sweet Brown's interview went viral. Credit: KFOR News Channel 4

And it's clear Brown still has fans out there, with someone writing on social media this week: "I ALWAYS got time for dat."

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Another wrote: "I love this to this day!!!" while someone else said: Does she still have bronchitis? Ain't nobody got 10 years for that."

After the video was released, Brown became a minor celebrity – starring in national commercials, being a guest on TV shows, including Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, was played by Queen Latifah in a skit for Jimmy Kimmel, and was even quoted by Beyonce at the Superbowl.

But that’s not all, as the viral star even enjoyed a brief film career, appearing in Tyler Perry’s flick A Madea Christmas as herself in 2013.

She became a viral sensation in 2012. Credit: YouTube/2HD
She became a viral sensation in 2012. Credit: YouTube/2HD
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Following her short foray into film, she turned her attention for a brief time to condiments in 2013 and sold the Sweet Brown's Lord Jesus It's a Fire BBQ Sauce. Sadly, the sauce is no longer available.

Brown’s 15 minutes of fame wasn’t without controversy, however.

In 2013, she sued Apple and a radio program called The Bob Rivers Show for unauthorised use of her likeness and voice when her now-infamous news clip was turned into a song called I Got Bronchitis.

According to NewsOK at the time, Brown filed a lawsuit, saying that not only was the song up for sale and that The Bob Rivers Show was making a profit from her, but that she never gave her consent for the clip to be used, despite the radio station claiming she had.

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Sweet Brown appeared on several TV shows and even released her own BBQ sauce. Credit: Twitter/Sweet Brown
Sweet Brown appeared on several TV shows and even released her own BBQ sauce. Credit: Twitter/Sweet Brown

Since Apple removed the song immediately after the complaint was filed, they were protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and that just left a case against the radio show itself.

She was looking for $15 million (£11.5million) in damages, but six months after the lawsuit broke, the charges were dismissed and her lawyers asked to be removed from the case.

Now in 2022, Brown has disappeared from the spotlight, but her infamous clip does live on and regularly makes an appearance on Instagram and TikTok.

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While she now enjoys a private social media presence, she last posted publicly on Twitter in 2016.

And what did she say? “Ain’t nobody got time fo dat!” – Obvs.

Featured Image Credit: KFOR-TV News Channel 4

Topics: Viral

Lisa McLoughlin
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