Rumor has it that LeVar Burton and some unnamed organization are planning to do a Reading Rainbow themed flash mob . This is possibly the best idea ever imagined. What isn’t available, and I think everyone in their right mind wants to know, are the details of what, when, and where this thing is going down! I’m thinking that they don’t quite know exactly what they want to do yet. Of course they want it to be frickin’ awesome, but maybe the talent and ideas around LeVar are lacking. Well, if they want a great idea look no further than your trusty blogger, Maxim. I have come up with a genius Reading Rainbow flash mob idea that is surely the best ever conceived. It is kind of complicated though, so I split it up into several parts for easy understanding. In addition this plan may need police and fire department cooperation in order for everyone not to get arrested. I guess you could say it’s a bit dangerous.
Part 1: The Book Burning
The first part of my incredible flash mob is to stage a very large Nuremberg style book burning, led by a bunch of actors who happen to resemble neo-nazis. Everyone participating in this book burning will be part of the show. The mob shouldn’t be burning just any sort of books, they should all be burning children’s books. The neo-nazi actors will spur hate speech and angry anti-children book rhetoric, specifically targeting the lies that those kinds of books teach children. For example, something like how the book “Sunny With A Chance of Meatballs” lies to children about weather patterns, and consequently destroys our competitiveness in the sciences worldwide. Obviously, the bigger mob the mob, the bigger the fire and attention it will receive, so we want it to be big. I would recommend everyone bring at least 3-4 books to burn.
Part 2: The Pleading Onlooker
A woman will run on stage, grab the mic from the neo-nazi lookalikes and plead with the audience to stop what they are doing, and of course to think of the children. The grumpy neo-nazis will stage a struggle with the woman for the mic. They grab her, but before they can to take the mic out of her hands she screams one more thing: “HELP, HELP! WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!” That’s his cue.
Part 3: The Entrance
Suddenly, from large hidden speakers cleverly placed around the area, a sexy heavenly voice from above, LeVar, will say: “Did somebody say…children?” This begins the reading rainbow song. Well, not the actual song, you know, the part with the fluttering butterfly, and the nameless instrument sound thingy? The crowd will quiet and stop throwing their books. Enter the dashing LeVar Burton onto the scene. He will be riding on top of a parade float that looks like a giant rainbow with hundred of suspended books floating like butterflies. LeVar jumps off the float, backflips onto the stage, does another flip, high kicks the neo-nazi actors (who also happen to be stuntmen) and throws them into the fire, burning them alive. LeVar stands there for a while, looking like a complete badass in front of silenced crowd. He picks up the microphone from off the floor. “Don’t. Burn. Books” he says. A members from the mob scream, “Why”? He replies, “I’ll tell you why”.
Part 4: The Song and Dance
LeVar erupts into song, “Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high…”. A lone man from the book burning mob sings “Take a look”, another woman sings “It’s in a book” and then crowd erupts into chorus “Reading Rainbow!”. After that LeVar keeps singing and the dancing begins. I was thinking that everyone be would be part of a pre-arranged color coded rainbow team wearing pre-arranged clothing of that color. That way they could make all sorts of cool rainbow formations. I’ll leave all that to an awesome choreographer, not my specialty.
So there you have it! Truly amazing isn’t it? And nothing like this has even been done before, I can assure you. So LeVar, if you were to ever do this, it would immortalize you as the god of flash mobbing and high kicking forever, guaranteed. Just letting you know.
Hope it happens!
P.S. Fun fact- I was actually on an episode of Reading Rainbow when I was a kid, and got a chance to meet LeVar. Well, not really meet… but I did get his autograph! It was an episode on carousels, and they used the carousel around my house for the opening and ending sequence. At the end, he does his signature “See ya next time” all of us ran into the carousel and for the ending credits we’re all riding it. I got to sit one horse away from Levar. I got two or three closeups, too! Best moment of my life?
Just when I thought Flash Mobs were losing their “coolness” factor (once a commercial is made about something, it’s time to move on), you come out with this spectacular idea. I truly hope this happens. Lavar, are you listening?
BTW, thanks for putting the Reading Rainbow song in my head. God, what an earworm.
Thanks a lot! I actually sent my idea to LeVar via twitter and throughout the day I got a couple of hits from that site (normally never do). Does that mean he read it!?
Wow, you obviously put a lot of thought into that. Maybe you should hire yourself out as some sort of Flash Mob Director or something.
For some reason I don’t think my ideas would be accepted by the flash mob community…
great idea. but they better get the info re TV because hardly anybody reads anymore. (:-(
keep it up.
Haha, true. I need to get this to a news outlet somehow… what to do, what to do…
Im floored, yeah I think of stuff like this too, but usualy only go public with notions like this when Ive had too much sake. I loved it, but I have three questions for you now: In your comment relpy you said (normally never do). So I gather this means you contact reading rainbow a lot? Are you stalking LeVar? Can I be in the mob?
Who says I wasn’t under the influence? We do got plenty of sake here in Japan.
Onto your questions!
1. Although RR is dead now, I have contacted LeVar on several occasions with no reply. I love him not only for RR but for Star Trek TNG as well. I really hope read this…
3. As long as your willing to part with some books.
YOU WERE ON READING EFFING RAINBOW!
That is truly awesome!
“Well, not the actual song, you know, the part with the fluttering butterfly, and the nameless instrument sound thingy?”
I know what you’re talking about: that do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do soundy thingy that goes on the whole length of the song.
LeVar Burton rules!!
Yeah I was on the best show ever conceived. Jealous? Hahahahah!
Yeah, what is that dodododododododododo!? I want to know!