Remember the drunken ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ guy? He’s running for mayor

But will he do the Fandango?

Mar 2, 2020, 2:18 pm*

Internet Culture

Mike Fenn 

Mike Fenn

Will a YouTube star’s mayoral dreams become real life—or is this just fantasy?

Robert Wilkinson is running for mayor of Edson in the Canadian province of Alberta in October. Wilkinson became an Internet sensation in March 2012 when he posted a video of his drunken rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”—performed in the back of a police car.

The 30-year-old Wilkinson was arrested for impaired driving and refusing a Breathalyzer test. He again made headlines in November 2012 when he appeared in court sporting a Viking helmet. He was convicted of the charges levied against him and forced to pay a $1,400 fine and surrender his driver’s license for a year.

Candidates wishing to run for the Edson mayorship need to submit nothing more than necessary paperwork as well as a minimum of five signatures from town residents. Following an opportunity to hear the candidates speak—or possibly sing—on Oct. 10, town residents will vote for their next leader on Oct. 21.

Wilkinson has not yet publicly released a campaign platform. He has also not stated whether he plans to wear the Viking helmet during key mayoral speeches.

Screengrab via Robert Wilkinson/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 24, 2013, 9:49 am