American Idol breakout Internet sensation General Larry Platt performed his signature “Pants on the Ground” rap on The View Monday. Platt also explained the origin of the song and broke out a few new dance moves for the fans!
Platt said he saw a young man walking along sucking on a baby bottle or pacifier with his “pants on the ground” and was inspired to make up the “Pants on the Ground” rap on the spot.
The ladies of The View played a video of Brett Favre singing a brief bit of “Pants on the Ground” after the Vikings win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Platt gave the rendition two thumbs up.
Platt’s nephew Jason said he was “really proud of my uncle, he’s finally getting the word out that he always wanted to do for all these years… he’s been a real good inspiration to me.”
Check out General Larry Platt performing “Pants on the Ground” on The View in the video below:
General Larry Platt, who gained Internet celebrity status for his American Idol “Pants on the Ground” audition video, is way more than meets the eye (or ear). The General is a lifetime civil rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Speaking to Access Atlanta‘s American Idol Buzz blog, General Larry Platt said he is “a general of the civil rights movement.” Platt said his nickname was coined by civil rights leader Reverend William Hosea. During the height of the civil rights movement, Platt marched several times with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including the “Bloody Sunday” Selma to Montgomery march. A photo on the home page of www.crmvet.org (Civil Rights Movement Veterans) allegedly shows Larry Platt as a teenager at a civil rights meeting in Savannah, GA, according to Tonic.com.
General Larry Platt sat down with the ladies of The View on Monday to discuss his American Idol fame and his background in the civil rights movement. On Sunday, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre paid tribute to Platt by singing “Pants on the Ground” after his team’s blow-out win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Platt continues his efforts to “help keep people from being dominated” by speaking to government officials about issues involving the poor and homeless. “This should be a civilized state. Everyone should be treated equal,” Platt told Access Atlanta. The city of Atlanta honored Platt in 2001 with his own holiday for “priceless and immeasurable contributions to society.”
We’re just pleased to see someone getting their 15 minutes of fame who actually deserves it for a change.
General Larry Platt may not have gotten a golden ticket to Hollywood this week on American Idol, but his “Pants on the Ground” audition video has certainly launched him into celebrity status on the Internet. Platt’s catchy original song and amusing performance has already spawned several “Pants on the Ground” remix tributes. (Our favorite so far is this one.)
General Larry Platt told Access Atlanta he was inspired to write the song when he saw a guy walking down the street carrying a baby with his pants hanging nearly to his knees. â€œHe had his underwear showing,â€ Platt said. â€œHe was being disrespectful so I wanted to embarrass him.” So he made up the “Pants on the Ground” rap on the spot. “He rolled his eyes and pulled his pants up a little bit,â€ Platt said.
In addition to the “Pants on the Ground” remixes spawning all over (check out a list here), it seems even the celebrities are starting to get in on General Platt’s 15 minutes of Internet fame. Our favorite tribute to the American Idol contestant so far comes from none other than Jimmy Fallon.
In tribute to General Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground” audition earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon took to the stage on his show to perform his own rendition of the song – while acting the part of singer/songwriter Neil Young.
Check out the entirely entertaining clip below:
General Larry Platt will appear on The View, Monday, January 18 to talk about his American Idol audition experience and resulting Internet fame.