Proving that there is ALWAYS a market on the Internet for stories with 1) weird headlines and 2) videos of heroic hitchhikers performing vigorous reenactments of thwarting racist, bear-hugging-Jesus impersonators by using the (presumably) blunt ends of conveniently accessible hatchets, KMPH has gone viral with its story about the black Fresno PG&E worker attacked last week.
If you recall, the unfortunate worker was injured Friday after a 54-year-old Washington man named Jett Simmons McBride rammed his car into him. McBride was making racist comments, and after pinning the worker with his car jumped out and started attacking him. That’s when the hitchhiker named Kai, who had caught a ride with McBride, came to the rescue and started hitting the agitated man with a hatchet.
A weird story, yes, but the reason it went viral has all to do with the KMPH video, in which the enthusiastic hitchhiker basically reenacts the incident with a performance best described as a cross between interpretive dance and surf rave. Here are some of the outlets we found that picked it up:
Gawker: “Meanwhile, Kai has become something of a guru to many after participating in an eminently quotable interview following the drama.”
The Blaze: “It’s a sentence you won’t read every day, or hopefully ever again.”
Mediaite.com: “Local news is an often-wonderful, even-more-often-bizarre place.”