In the latest attempt to bring bitcoin to the masses -- or perhaps just to ruin another Billy Joel song through parody -- a bitcoin-themed spoof of "Uptown Girl" has made its way to YouTube audiences.
The video, called "Bitcoin Girl," is produced by the nonprofit Moving Picture Institute and stars Naomi Brockwell, who works at the institute and is actively involved in bitcoin circles, according to her website.
It features such poetic lyrics as "Bitcoin Girl!/ She's been living in her bitcoin world./ I bet she's never had a Wall Street guy./ She kissed the Federal Reserve goodbye/ for digital dimes."
It features "Wall Street Guy" who tries to woo Bitcoin Girl, but his cash and credit cards fail to impress her.
For some reason, Wall Street Guy carries an awful lot of coin change and $100 bills, which are not accepted when he tries to buy flowers and later a hot dog. And a shiba inu image -- probably referencing the dogecoin altcoin -- also follows him around the entire video.
Spoiler alert: Wall Street Guy does finally get some bitcoin, which he first uses to buy an incredibly small amount of champagne (I don't know why he couldn't get a full glass), and then to finally win over Bitcoin Girl.
The point of the video is to educate people about bitcoin and tackle some of the misconceptions about the cryptocurrency, Brockwell says in a press release.
"Those who are unfamiliar with bitcoin want to see it banned, while those who understand bitcoin, support it strongly. Essentially, the more people learn about bitcoin, the more they like it!" she says in the release. "Film is the best way to educate Americans about this exciting innovation."
So far, the video has gotten more than 31,000 hits on YouTube.
The upload of her video this week comes as New York's top financial regulator announced proposed regulations for bitcoin companies that do business in the state, including requiring the businesses to have "BitLicenses." The proposal, which is in the public comment phase, is the first time a state has proposed to specifically regulate the nascent cryptocurrency arena.
Other bitcoin videos
"Bitcoin Girl" is not the first bitcoin-related YouTube music video floating out there in the interwebs.
If you can stomach more bad cryptocurrency-related song parodies, I hereby present you:
"Blame it on Mt. Gox"-- a parody of the Adele song "Rolling in the Deep."
"Love you Like a Bitcoin" -- a parody of the Selena Gomez song "I Love you Like a Love Song."
(And yes, one of the lyrics is "I, I love to spend my bitcoins, matey.")
"Holding" -- poor Billy Joel has another song usurped. This time it's "The Longest Time."
"End of Silk Road" -- a parody of the Boyz II Men song "End of the Road."
And, oh yes, there are more ... if you care to spend more time on YouTube looking for them.
For more on bitcoin that does not include bad parodies, here's my first-person experience of buying, selling and using bitcoin.
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