When I read that a girl twerking caught on fire, it all seemed too perfect — in the world of the internet, that is. Afterall, twerking has somehow become the mainstream dance trend of the moment and anything involving an accident (like falling) and fire (see: Sweet Brown) is the perfect candidate for a viral internet clip. The fire twerker was too good an internet moment to be true, and that’s because it wasn’t.
As it turns out, the fire twerker was a hoax created by Jimmy Kimmel and team. The woman in the video, Daphne Avalon, actually does stunts for a living and the video was filmed months ago, before the nation became obsessed with twerking.
“We didn’t send it to any TV station, we didn’t tweet it,” Kimmel said. “We just put it on YouTube and let the magic happen.”
Magic is an understatement. The video has been viewed over 9 million times on YouTube.
Let the magic happen indeed–the video got over 9 million hits in a week. We’re just glad the girl got a check.