The Webby Awards are polarizing. No, not on prominence–few people award it much of that. It’s a generational thing. We’ll break it down for you:
For our older readers: Yeah, I know, right? After all the webrings were broken, Geocities crumbled and animated GIFs died and were reborn as fandom fodder, the Webbys remained. For 15 years! Or else you knew that, in which case you’re probably still bemused.
For our younger readers: It’s this awards ceremony about the Internet, and it’s been an actual awards ceremony since 2005. Some have called it a scam for its entry fees. Others just like to see wacky Web stuff.
Anyway, you care about the Webbys this year because Antoine Dodson performed “Bed Intruder Song” in an unfortunate blond wig. (Or maybe because Justin Bieber won Best Comedy Video for his Funny or Die stint, although if you’re watching the Webbys for that there’s probably more pressing Selena Gomez news to attend to.)
The Gregory Brothers showed up, too, and the whole affair was lent a lot more musicality than an over-extended rape joke probably deserved. I mean, it had actual singing! With something probably meant to approximate soul! That’s it, Internet: we concede, you win. Just not in the Internet sense.