Here we just thought it looked stupid; turns out, lying face down like a board is actually a shout-out to the darkest period in our nation’s history. According to the rapper Xzibit, planking originated from slavery, rather than from the more bored corners of the Internet as we had assumed. “Planking is THE dumbest shit ever,” the rapper tweeted. “#Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade, its not funny. Educate yourselves. Dont get it twisted. I care less where your dumb asses lay face down and take pictures of the shit, I’m just telling you where it came from.” So wait…if planking came from one of the worst eras of American history, what other memes have their origins in a horrible tragedy of the past? Sad Keanu? Keyboard cat? HIPSTER DISNEY PRINCESSES?
“I’m having a full blown town meeting with people trying to defend planking. Lol. I wish this was about something important,” Xzibit tweeted as fans and detractors alike started to respond. This afternoon he defended himself against accusations that he called planking racist, explaining that he “never used the word at all, eh, what can you do?” Maybe next Xzibit can uncover exactly where this Nigel Thornberry business came from; it has to be from somewhere equally as disturbing.
Yesterday we posted the extremely sad news of Nate Dogg‘s death. His passing was met with a fair amount of shock because the entertainer was only 41 years old, and no details had emerged about what caused him to die. While the official cause hasn’t yet been stated, Nate’s family is speaking out about what the possible cause could be. His manager and close friend Rod McGrew said he was, “95% recovered from the first stroke in 2007.” Nate had suffered two strokes — one in 2007 and one in 2008 — which left him partial paralyzed and with memory loss. What’s confusing about this is that McGrew revealed that Nate had “cognitively recovered,” and was functioning and alert in the days leading up to his death.
Either way, McGrew’s given a statement on the family’s (and his) behalf that reads, “We appreciate the enormous outpouring of response from all over the world. We greatly appreciate that and thank everyone for their prayers and support. We know that Nate will be hanging out with his good friend 2Pac and Biggie.” Meanwhile, the music community are pouring in tributes and condolences for their friend.
• Snoop Dogg tweeted, “We lost a true legend n hip hop n rnb. One of my best friends n a brother to me since 1986 when I was a sophomore at poly high where we met.” And, “I love u buddy luv. U will always b wit me 4ever n a day u put the g n g funk u put the 1 n 213 n u put yo stamp on evrybdy u ever didit wit.”
• Ludacris tweeted, “RIP NATE DOGG!!!”
Look after the jump for more condolence messages on Twitter for Nate Dogg.