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This 'Death Note'/ Pineapple Pen Mash-Up Will Straight-Up Give You the Shivers

What’s creepy about the United States’ clown epidemic isn’t that dressing up in baggy yellow jumpsuits and white face paint makes a person inherently more powerful or cruel — it’s that it puts on an excessive display of cheeriness that we, as intelligent human beings with plenty of lived experience, can see through. No one is that cheery — we know pendulums swing two ways. There must be an underlying darkness there.

And that’s why it’s so unsettling to see this video, where Ryuk from Death Note dancin’ and boppin’ around to internet sensation PPAP Pen Pineapple Apple Pen:

Made to promote the upcoming live-action film Death Note: Light Up the New World, this video has made me wildly uncomfortable — it’s tough to see a god of death having such a fun time with fruited-up writing utensils. PPAP is pure gibberish, but goddamn if it isn’t delightful gibberish, and Death Note is about a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in its pages. These two properties don’t mix! It’s like having a maple glazed donut in your kale salad.

And while the intention of this video may have been to make Death Note more palatable to we internet kids, but for me, it’s done something else — it’s made PPAP singer Piko Taro feel all the more sinister. There’s no reason to thrust that pen into that pineapple so brutally… unless he has violent tenancies lurking just below the surface. After pineapple-pen, what’s stopping him from going on to make adorable Beanie Baby-pen, tiny turtle-pen, your ex-girlfriend’s dog-pen, and, finally, the most innocent among us-pen?

 

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