Viral Video Alert: Rochester Mascot Stars in Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’

Months after the University of Rochester went viral with a music video featuring students rapping about the awesomeness of all things UR, the New York school has struck again.  This time, admissions staffers teamed with current and prospective students to deliver a frame-by-frame send-up of the video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

The twist: In the Rochester version, Carly Rae is a male incoming freshman in drag, while the love interest is Rocky the Yellowjacket, the school’s mascot.

Grant Dever, the gender-swapped Carly Rae character, told me via email: “The purpose of this video was to make the mascot, Rocky, more approachable, as well as to continue producing popular media to spark interest in and at the University.”

Along with regular YouTube placement, the Rocky rendition was placed next to the original “Call Me Maybe” vid on the mashup site YouTube Doubler.  In the screenshot above, the videos are featured side-by-side, each showing almost the same frame. First impression: The dude on the right has more muscle tone, but Rocky is definitely sporting more school spirit.


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