Epic Beard Man: Another Day in Oakland

A few days ago there was a fight on an Oakland bus between a 50 year old black man and a 67 year old white man who was wearing a T-shirt that read "I AM A MOTHERFUCKER." The fight is embedded above and available on YouTube here, where it has been watched more than two million times.

Know Your Meme has an exhaustive analysis of this internet phenomenon including this summary:

The older white man in the video has been identified as Thomas Bruso, AKA Tom Slick, AKA Vietnam Tom; infamous in Oakland for his reputation of belligerence. Prior to the discovery of his identity, Anonymous had already dubbed him Epic Beard Man.

After the black man’s nose is broken, he says “bring an ambulance” which has been misheard as both “bring M&M’s” and “bring Amber Lamps” due to a combination of his dialect and facial injury. Amber Lamps has also come to be used as a pseudonym for the girl sitting next to the black man in the video.

Here is one man's video response to the fight. Here's a post-fight interview with EBM via the always-reliable KRON-4 news in which he at times he is crying and other times is bragging about knocking out the black dude for "twenty two and a half minutes" with a Mohammad Ali strike. (Totally false.) Here is Epic Beard Man getting tased by police at an Oakland A's game.

Besides the hilarity of it all — except the ugly racial slurs that have accompanied many of the internet postings — it is a case study in how quickly a internet meme can catch on. Thanks to the indefatigable Steve Dodson for the pointer.

13 Responses to Epic Beard Man: Another Day in Oakland

  1. If for nothing else, it’s a wonderful advertisement for Stacy Adams shoes. Their new tagline: “Make sure you shine them.”

  2. Jeff Kuo says:

    I prefer this one!

    link to youtube.com

  3. Ted says:

    Are you sure that’s him at the Oakland A’s game? According to what I read on the internet, there was some uncertainty. An article about the incident listed the tasered man’s age as 62 when EPM is 67 or so.

  4. Ben Casnocha says:

    Not sure. I haven't verified it for myself, just what I read.

  5. Janet says:

    The internet and 4chan are crazy things… I feel sympathy for both and the racism associated with this meme is horrible.

  6. Debra says:

    Luckily the one guy wasn’t badly hurt and a real tragedy was avoided. That’s good news.

    In my opinion, one of the reasons this video is entertaining is watching a 67 year old guy open a can of whoop ass on someone.

  7. Krishna says:

    Never expected it from your stable…Terrible choice for a blog post!

  8. eric says:

    I disagree. but i suppose it doesn’t matter what I think because its Ben’s blog

  9. Sean S. says:

    Not a terrible choice for a blog post at all.

  10. Charles Feney says:

    The Epic Limerick of the Epic Beard Man.

    In Oakland a grizzled veteran named Tom
    From the long forgotten war in Viet Nam
    Tried to get rid of his blues
    By shining his Stacy Adam’s shoes
    To look sharp at the funeral of his Mom.

    When he got on the AC transit Bus
    He encountered a racially toned fuss
    Because a thug named Tyrone
    Tried to pick at Tom’s bone
    When the shoeshine was brought up to discuss.

    Tyrone acted like his shit wasn’t stinky
    But compared to Tom he was really quite dinky
    Though Tom’s conclusion was foregone
    That it’s better to be pissed off than pissed on
    One of the hecklers yelled out “Say it again Pinky!”

    Tom declared that he was 67 years old
    That’s when the thug decided to get gangster bold.
    One of the women with no class
    Yelled out “Beat his white ass”
    Now here’s where the legendary stuff begins to unfold!

    Tom said something about slapping the thug shitless
    That’s when Tyrone finally proved himself witless.
    When Tyrone’s right hook came around
    He got his ass beat to the ground
    By the Senior showing Epic Beard Man fitness!

    Epic Beard Man hit him with a three lefts and a right
    It was a beat down instead of a fight!
    Then Beard man got his shoes shined
    By inserting them up Tyrone’s behind
    Then he decided to call it a night.

    Tyrone crawled off to where a wounded man encamps
    To some of his bleeding he tried to apply clamps.
    The videographer who was freakin’
    Cried aloud “Ohh He Leakin’!”
    As Tyrone yelled out “Get da’ Amber lamps!”

    Here’s a tip for any thuggish city sucker
    Epic Beard Man can make y’alls ass pucker!
    You’ll be cryin’ and moanin’
    If you pick on a big bearded Roman
    Who’s shirt declares “I AM a Motherfucker!”
    ————————————————
    Charles Ulysses Feney
    Livingston, Montana

  11. Jason says:

    LOL this guy is going viral. Check out Epic Beard Man Facts. Way better than Chuck Norris Facts.

    http://www.epicbeardmanfacts.com

  12. Chris says:

    That guy got what he deserved!! Black people commonly use aggressive talk like that to try and intimidate. Finally someone stood up to the ignorance. Call this racist if you want, but ANY sympathy for the black guy that attacked the white man first, after the white guy moved to the front of the bus is stupid. Should have been beaten worse, and arrested. GREAT JOB EBM!!

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