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NBA reporter mixes up Vanilla Ice and David Bowie, Twitter howls in protest

Is there really such a difference between 'Under Pressure" and 'Ice Ice Baby?'


Kahron Spearman

Internet Culture

Posted on May 20, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:02 pm CDT

Ric Bucher tried his best, attempting to meld sports reporting and music observing into one tweet that quickly was exposed as oblivious. See if you can figure out why, because soon after his tweet was sent, Bleacher Report’s senior NBA writer predictably found himself roasted on Twitter. 

For those old enough to remember, Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle) was a popular (overexposed and overrated) early 90s rapper, who’s multi-platinum megahit “Ice Ice Baby” liberally borrows from Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure,” while simultaneously annoying anyone with even somewhat discerning ears.

See if you can spot the difference between Vanilla Ice and Queen/David Bowie.

It somehow seems that Bucher missed out on one song or the other, and his peers were quick to let him know.

At first, Ice might have appreciated Bucher’s analysis, since initially, here fused to admit the blatant obviousness of the track’s origins.

Ice later took back these statements when he discovered that other human beings were also blessed with the gift of hearing. 

Bucher’s take, however, is curious, given that he was about 30 years old at the time of the song’s release and subsequent heyday. Unless he was purposefully ignoring the catchy, oft-drunkenly recited lyrics, there’s zero chance you could call “Ice Ice Baby” a “cover” of any sort, just as Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” clearly isn’t a cover of Rick James’ “Superfreak.”

Bucher tried to justify his ignorance:

But then, he later confirmed that he was, in fact, hearing the original. He actually asked the Warriors for confirmation.

And then he owned up to his mistake, if passive-aggressively:

But, it was all too late. All of this had happened.

And this, too.

And so on.

The Warriors and Thunder are currently tied at one game apiece, as they transition from the Bay to Oklahoma City. Game 3 is Sunday at 7pm ET. Hopefully, Smash Mouth (and its own clunky cover of “Under Pressure”) is nowhere nearby. 

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*First Published: May 20, 2016, 8:49 pm CDT