Warning: This clip has some nasty words. Don’t play it when the boss is around.
Though it wasn’t a phenomenon I’d ever really noticed until a friend of mine sent me the video clip above, once you’ve been made aware of it, the duck face does indeed seem to be ubiquitous and inescapable in the Facebook/MySpace universe. And what the heck is up with that?
Antiduckface.com, a Web site devoted to ending this plague by pointing out just how goofy it is, defines the duck face as “the pose where you push your mouth out in that sort of pout/kiss face to make it look like you’ve got big pouty lips, a super-defined jawline, and model-quality cheekbones” but wind up looking “really, really stupid.”
The auteur behind this clip, which takes its images from the Web site, is a Massachusetts home-recording musician named Gamble who, according to his MySpace site, is available to write “personalized songs for cheap.” (“Is there someone you hate but just don’t know how to tell them without getting punched in the face?” he asks. “Are you running out of birthday gift ideas? Do you have a song idea but are not a musician? Ask me! I can make this happen for you overnight!”)
The melody is stupid but catchy, and the lyrics are obnoxious, sexist, and gratuitously vulgar.
I’m sorry. I still find it pretty darn amusing.