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Justin Bieber Gets Hit By A Water Bottle is a series of video remixes that began in early August of 2010, after YouTuber TheEnd1079 posted a clip of the teenage pop idol getting hit by a plastic water bottle on stage during live performance. It was later revealed that the water bottle was actually Sour Patch kids wrapped in a t-shirt.
The video was posted on August 2nd, 2010 and took off within a few days of the first posting, becoming a viral hi around August 9th, eventually reaching over 2.4 million views after only a month, and gaining various remixes, auto-tunes, and re-posts along the way, although none have reached the views of the original. Many of the reposts have come close to the original video’s views, with some having as much as two million.
The concert in question actually took place in December, 2009, at a Christmas-themed radio event in Sacramento. The item in question, although most often known as a water bottle, was revealed by Justin Bieber through comments on the first video posted of that concert (posted on December 1, 2009) to be a bag of Sour Patch Kids wrapped in a “I <3 Bieber” T-shirt.
Spread & Popularity
(Popularity of Justin Bieber Water Bottle vs. the popularity of Mudkips)
Remixes and Responses
With the combination of Justin Bieber’s pop-stardom and the opinion of him on the internet, many remixes and responses were created in the days following the viral video.
Many of these have reached hundreds of thousands of views, some even gaining close to a million.
The remixes vary from changing the item thrown to autotuning and adding a beat, making the video into a song.
News and Mentions
Although the original video and its remixes were a primary source of spread, a lot of views and talk came from the video’s mention on web shows, news articles, and other internet media, some even came from Bill O’Reilly and his mention of the incident on television.