Thursday, August 22, 2013

Georgia Tech VidShizzle Plagiarized. From Gawker.Com.

Since it was uploaded to YouTube three days ago, Georgia Tech sophomore Nick Selby's "epic welcome speech" at this year's Freshman Convocation has gone on to rack up over 1 million views, and score rave reviews on many major news networks and websites.

But, as with all good things, this too must come with a catch.

It seems Selby's over-the-top oratory to incoming students was lifted almost wholesale from a speech given by Arizona State University debate team champ Andy Stone in 2008 (skip to the 8:40 mark in the video above, and compare with the video below).

Some Internet sleuthing reveals that, back in 2006, Stone became Assistant Coach of the Speech, Theater and Debate Company at Desert Vista High School, which just so happened to count Selby as a member until his graduation last year.



  1. I was a little freaked out by the kid's speech... its likeness to pre-battle/pre-football game speeches made me roll my eyes. But now that it has been said to be plagiarized, I think it's just lame. Could he REALLY have not come up with his own inspiration that he could shout at startled first years?

  2. Calling this plagiarism is like calling Darla's hubby a plagiarist because he texted, "It's a boy!!" A rose is a rose is a rose. Fuck us all. Let the student have his fun. I'd rather sit through his performance than the usual goddamned boring shit. Fuck, yeah! The fact that someone else has done something very similar before doesn't diminish the greatness of the act.

  3. It's too bad, since I liked this kid's enthusiasm. I know how to deal with plagiarists, though: I need to load up my staple gun.