Four teenagers in American Fork, Utah were recently cited by police for being disorderly in public after they rapped their order at a McDonald’s drive-thru window. Could this be the next Footloose? (Or, more accurately, the next next Footloose?) I think it could be. Follow me a second: The four boys were under the thrall of all those endless YouTube videos, both homemade and professional, of people rapping orders at various fast-food drive-thru windows. So they performed their own little rap and what happens? The not-at-all-charmed worker called the cops, saying she felt her “safety” was at risk, and the boys were later tracked down at a high-school volleyball game and issued a citation.
As soon as I read this story, I thought it had all the makings of a gangbusters teen movie. Instead of a small town where people aren’t allowed to dance though, what about a small-town where kids aren’t allowed to rap? And then some super-cool kid from the big city hits town and shows everyone how rapping’s not so bad— it’s just another form of self-expression and a really creative way to order a Big Mac. I’d watch it, would you?