Friday, March 30, 2012
As musical protests go, this one is pretty entertaining.
Robert Wilkinson, of Edson, Alta., was arrested by RCMP last November and placed in the back of a police cruiser. In a video taken by security cameras in the cruiser, Wilkinson, 29, is heard using some choice words to berate the officer for saying he’s intoxicated. Wilkinson then launches into an a cappella version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
He manages to lustily belt out nearly the entire song, plus the musical interludes, complete with hand gestures.
Wilkinson, who is unemployed, tells The Smoking Gun website that he’s a karaoke singer and also has 118 songs by the Beatles in his repertoire. He told the website that he’d received the tape from prosecutors when he opted to defend himself in court on a drunk-driving charge.
He then posted it — swearing, singing, scatting and all — to YouTube to amuse his friends. It has, however, gone viral, with the cleaned-up version above garnering 1.2 million hits alone.
It’s worth it to listen to his entire song for the boisterous finale: “Nothing really matters . . . even the RCMP!” source