A man over Christmas lights

Jonathan McIntosh/Wikimedia @justinthelightguy/TikTok Mikael Thalen

Viral video shows man confront neighbor for over-the-top Christmas lights. Who was right?

'I don't understand your childish need for f***ing attention all the time.'


Mikael Thalen

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 7, 2020   Updated on Dec 7, 2020, 3:21 pm CST

A viral video posted to social media shows a man being confronted by his neighbor over his extravagant Christmas lights.

The footage, filmed by TikTok user “justinthelightguy,” begins by showing the home’s musically synced light show before the outraged neighbor unloads.

“This kind of sucks dude. It kind of sucks,” the neighbor says. “Now I don’t understand your childish need for fucking attention all the time, I don’t. Celebrating every calendar holiday.”

The confrontation has led to widespread debate online, leading users to take sides in the fight between the two men.

Most users appeared to side with the neighbor, arguing that the “abysmal” music was much worse than the lights.

“The lights wouldn’t bother me, but that ‘music’ is abysmal,” @AlisonWaiting argued. “Bad taste in ‘music’ dude’s booming noise needs to stop where my eardrums begin.”


But another user pointed out that the music isn’t actually audible and that visitors must tune into a specific radio frequency in order to hear the songs.

“He has all kinds of music,” @berghberghbergh said. “And if you see that box in front, it displays an FM frequency you need to tune into to be able to hear the sound.”

Despite the explanation, many users continued to state that the music was the biggest issue.

“The lights alone, no problem,” @charmedone626 said. “But that music is a bit much. Noise pollution? No, I’m not a grinch lol.”

The users who were aware of how the light display works sided almost entirely with the homeowner.

“I follow this guy on tiktok and the type of engineering it takes to do this is absolutely amazing,” @iheartruiner added. “The neighbor’s a dick, he should have on a mask. Everyone’s entitled to opinion but that doesn’t mean you go tell someone their work sucks. The world sucks, let them have this ffs.”


The video also became a topic of debate on the popular subreddit r/PublicFreakout, where users both empathized and laughed at the upset neighbor.

“If I were his neighbor I would eventually get irritated but as a random person on the internet I can’t stop laughing,” u/WetBandit69x2 said.

The video is just one of several on the popular TikTok user’s page that have collectively racked up millions of likes and views.

Many of the displays incorporate popular memes, making them a hit among internet-savvy users.


Despite the neighbor’s complaints, it seems unlikely that the light displays will stop anytime soon.

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2020, 1:37 pm CST