Evidence of a benevolent Internet: Zach Anner's journey into the Oprahsphere
It’s a rare day that presents overwhelming evidence of the inherent goodness of the Internet — but this, friends, is that day. (And on a Monday, no less!) Over the past few days, Zach Anner has become an online sensation — through, it seems, sheer force of goodness — after posting a video audition for Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star, in which the really funny wheelchair-bound Texan explains that he has cerebral palsy (“the sexiest of the palsies”) and pitches “a travel show for people who never thought they could travel.” We could go on about the highlights (“This isn’t yoga, I’m just putting on pants.”), but instead we’ll just show it to after the jump:
Even better? He’s amassed 2.6 million votes and counting, putting him well into first place. (Though that doesn’t absolve you of your duty to vote for him anyway — you never know when Dr. Phyllis’ teacher reality show will make an eleventh-hour surge.) Thanks to pure link-passing magic, even John Mayer is getting in on Zach’s act (and offering his theme song services), as mentioned in Zach’s “Thank you, Internet, I love you!” video posted yesterday:
One correction though, Zach: John Mayer could probably use your help to get a girlfriend at this point, my friend, not the other way around. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to cry (and laugh!) through the Oprah episode featuring Zach, which seems inevitable at this point. To quote Zach: “The Internet is crazy, and I love it!” At least for today, Internet.
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