'Lesco Brandon': YouTuber Prankazoids tricks stores to page play on 'Let's go Brandon'
A YouTube channel that goes by the name Prankazoids played a prank that has gone viral. A member from the channel went around a number of stores and supermarkets including Target tricking guest services employees into paging “Lesco Brandon”, a play on the now-viral catchphrase “Let’s go, Brandon!” that is sweeping the nation, meant to mock President Joe Biden and his administration.
The phrase “Let’s go Brandon!” went viral after NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast disingenuously claimed on camera that the crowd at a NASCAR race was yelling “Let’s go, Brandon!” when they were actually chanting “F**k Joe Biden!” After the video footage of the chant was analyzed later, her claims were disproved and the phrase has ever since become synonymous with anti-Biden boos. In order to carry out the prank, Prankazoids hit a number of stores. Most employees didn’t catch on the intentions behind the specific request but at least one did and told a prankster “that’s a good prank.”
Prankazoids, which has a little over 2,500 subscribers on the streaming platform, also has a website where the video was uploaded. The following is a compilation of the pranks pulled on a number of employees who were tricked into calling out “Lesco Brandon” over the mic for everyone to listen, at the respective stores.
'Let’s Go, Brandon,' by Bryson Gray banned from YouTube
After the phrase went viral, Christian rapper Bryson Gray adopted it into a song called 'Let’s Go, Brandon,' that went to number one on Apple iTunes, and only presently has been bumped off the top spot of the music charts by singer Adele. The self-proclaimed “most censored rapper in America” has been criticized over the song as it's a rhetoric on the pandemic response, President Joe Biden, and the botched Afghanistan withdrawal.
YouTube has censored the song claiming it violates their policies over medical misinformation. Ironically Gray raps in the first verse, “if you ask questions ’bout the vax, then they gonna ban us.”
The chorus repeats “Let’s go, Brandon,” and reiterates that “when you ask questions, they start bannin’.” After the YouTube ban went into effect, the rapper tweeted, “YouTube has banned ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ song from YouTube due to ‘medical information,’ What medical misinformation is in the song? Whoa.”
Update: The music video was just banned. @YouTube this is crazy.— CCG BRYSON (@RealBrysonGray) October 21, 2021
On Thursday, October 28, Gray indicated that the version with the lyrics transcribed was the first to come down, However, by the afternoon, the music video was deleted too. “Update: The music video was just banned. @YouTube this is crazy,” he tweeted, tagging YouTube for a response. YouTube has responded saying they would “re-review” the matter. “Jumping in – we’re passing this along to the right team for a re-review,” YouTube tech support tweeted. “We’ll share updates once we hear back from them. Appreciate your patience in the meantime.”
They later confirmed, "Heard back – after careful re-review, our policy team confirmed that your video was correctly removed for violating our medical misinformation policy. If you hope to discuss similar topics in your content in the future, you’ll need to include sufficient countervailing context. Thanks for understanding."
Jumping in – we're passing this along to the right team for a re-review. We'll share updates once we hear back from them. Appreciate your patience in the meantime.— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 21, 2021
1/2 Heard back – after careful re-review, our policy team confirmed that your video was correctly removed for violating our medical misinformation policy. If you hope to discuss similar topics in your content in the future, you’ll...— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 22, 2021
2/2 need to include sufficient countervailing context: https://t.co/LLcfE5tMNM. Thanks for understanding.— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 22, 2021
The phrase has now been used on the House floor in Congress a number of times. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) made a statement by wearing a face mask on the House floor on Monday, October 25, that featured the viral message. Florida Rep Bill Posey ended a speech on the House floor last week with an enthusiastic “Let’s go, Brandon!”
Spotted at House votes: GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC wearing a mask with a phrase that Republicans are using in place of F*** Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/0rTSz6LwNV— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) October 26, 2021