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Ultimate Insult Man refers to a video clip featuring a game show host viciously berating a contestant for answering a question incorrectly. The scene is often referenced or embedded in discussion forums to incite other users, as well as being featured as a reaction clip in several YouTube remix videos.
The video clip comes from a scene in the 1995 comedy film Billy Madison, in which the host of an academic decathlon (played by James Downey) insults the character Billy Madison (played by Adam Sandler) during the contest.
“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
The earliest known video using the scene was uploaded by YouTuber ladder09 on August 29th, 2007, featuring the incoherent response of Miss Teen USA South Carolina followed by the insult clip (shown below). Within six years, the video accumulated over 160,000 views and 600 comments.
On September 28th, 2008, YouTuber stupidity66 uploaded a video featuring interview footage of former Alaskan governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, followed by a clip from the insult scene (shown below, right). In the following five years, the upload received more than 176,000 views and 630 comments.
On November 26th, 2009, YouTuber Bound4Earth uploaded a clip of the Billy Madison insult scene, which received over 3.5 million views and 4,400 comments within the next four years. On June 30th, 2010, YouTuber hh1edits uploaded a montage of insults from major motions pictures, which featured the Billy Madison insult scene (shown below). In the next three years, the video received over 21.4 million views and 66,000 comments.
On June 4th, 2011, Redditor enthius submitted a post requesting users to provide “classy” insults to the /r/AskReddit subreddit, to which Redditor BurningPandama responded with the ultimate insult quote. The comment received upwards of 1,000 up votes prior to being archived. A TV Tropes page for “Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard” was created on October 7th, featuring the insult quote at the top of the page. On February 11th, 2013, YouTuber fbombrocks uploaded a mashup video featuring footage of an anti-gay Indiana school teacher being scolded by the Ultimate Insult Man (shown below). On the following day, the video was submitted by Redditor MC_Hawking to the /r/atheism subreddit, where it received over 12,300 up votes and 1,100 comments within the next ten days.
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