Here’s what PBS had to say about the video: “When we discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, on YouTube, we immediately wanted to work together. Turns out that he is a huge Mister Rogers Neighborhood fan, and was thrilled at the chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes. Both PBS and the Fred Rogers Company hope you like John’s celebration of Fred Rogers’ message. (Headphones highly recommended!)”
Which, just chew on that for a moment. PBS is generally revered as the most high-falutin’ of high-falutin-y places and yet, they just delivered some serious Internet gold. They were the driving force behind the autotuned Mister Rogers tribute. Usually, these kinds of videos come from some random person who’s really high and thinks “let’s autotune some Mister Rogers shit, yo.” BOOM.
The best part, however, is PBS’s acknowledgement that this video will just be the tip of the iceberg. “This is the first in a series of PBS icons remixed,” the station declares. To which, we will add: FUCK. YES.
Here’s to hoping PBS grows a Bill Moyers or Charlie Rose remix in the garden of its mind.