The Answer Is Finally Here: The Leeroy Jenkins Video Was Staged
The viral YouTube video that is known as 'Leeroy Jenkins' was shared mercilessly when it first hit the world wide web 12 years ago, and it still is to this day. However, it has constantly been called a fake ever since it debuted in 2005.
If, for some reason, you've managed to miss this golden piece of meme culture, here's the clip.
The video shows a bunch of World of Warcraft users, known as the Pals for Life Clan, talking about a very complex battle strategy before launching their next encounter.
The character of Leeroy Jenkins was there, but his human user, Ben Schulz, was making food and missed the detailed war plan. He came back unaware of the plot and charged in like a boss, but not before yelling his name in a piss-funny style.
There were plenty of reasons why people thought it was staged, with the main one being a calculation made by one of the characters on their chances of survival. In just a few seconds, the user said they had a 32.333 percent chance of making it out alive.
Twelve years after the video was released, a new clip has been posted onto the internet with the title: "Leeroy Jenkins First Take/Dry Run (NEW)."
This one shows the classic characters gathering around, chatting about the battle strategy, before 'Leeroy Jenkins' is yelled, but instead of everyone following him in, they all stay put.
However, if you're wondering why, after all these years, they've decided to reveal the truth, it's all to do with net neutrality.
How could Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeroy Jennnnnnnnnnnkins have anything to do with the Federal Communications Commission killing the principle that internet service providers treat all data the same?
The user who posted the video, Anf Pal, wrote on YouTube: "I am releasing this never-before-seen first take/dry run of the Leeroy Jenkins video in hopes of raising awareness about Net Neutrality.
"I've been holding onto this for over a decade waiting for the 'right' moment to make it public, and then last week Ajit Pai created his awful/condescending video and it riled me up so much that I decided it was finally time to unleash this gem of Internet history on the world to do my part to help out.
"Hopefully some of you will find this interesting and/or amusing, and will take some time to research Net Neutrality and make a fuss about it."
Anf also said they would be donating any ad revenue to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been leading the charge to keep 'the internet open', along with any other entities fighting for net neutrality.
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