Summary of “Is it okay to laugh at the Florida man meme?”

This past April, I set out to meet a few Florida Men behind the clickbait and answer some questions, like: Is Florida Man a hero, a villain or a victim? And is it still okay to laugh along?
If aliens were to arrive in Florida – a state that ranks third in UFO sightings – they could tell a pop history through the way the Florida Man virus grafted itself onto other trending topics: “Florida man shoots at Pokémon Go players outside house.” “Florida man changes name to Bruce Jenner to preserve name’s ‘heterosexual roots.’ ” “Florida man says it’s okay to grope woman on flight because Trump says it’s okay.”
He saw the way the Florida Man meme immortalized even misdemeanors and seemed to overlap with the pay-to-redact mug shot publication industry, which the American Bar Association has dubbed an “Online extortion scheme” and which Florida only recently regulated, in July 2018.
In Tampa, Cigar City Brewing has named its Florida Man IPA after “a hero who’s forgotten more about amateur taxidermy and alligator rasslin’ than you’ll ever know.” In Miami, a drag performer named Florida Man has gone viral for performing an Ariana Grande hit in a Voldemort costume.
In Tampa, a tour guide leads Florida Man walking tours, and writer Tyler Gillespie has published an empathetic book of poems about Florida Man, including one inspired by his own DUI. In Jacksonville, Mike Alancourt, a white-bearded, 43-year-old teacher’s assistant, went viral this winter as “Florida man wins the internet with hip-hop dance routine.” He ended up on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and in an official Post Malone music video, and though he describes himself as “Technically the antithesis of Florida Man a gay bearded hippie who belongs in Seattle,” he’s since embraced the label.
In late July, the team will host a Florida Man Night, featuring a jorts-clad Florida Man bobblehead, a performance by at least one actual Florida Man and the breaking of “Weird Florida laws.” The night’s advertising sponsor is the law offices of John M. Phillips, an attorney who says he’s become “Florida Man as a lawyer.”
So when the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp planned their Florida Man night, they looked for a family-friendly mascot who represented the best of Florida Man without dragging along the worst of his baggage: a Floridian who hadn’t hurt anyone, who wasn’t being exploited, and who was happy to have people laugh along with him.
At the Jumbo Shrimp’s Florida Man Night, Pittman will play the national anthem on electric guitar because, the first time he went viral, he was “Florida man arrested after playing national anthem on July 4.” In the video seen everywhere from BuzzFeed to Fox News, Pittman, wearing jorts and an American flag tank top, shreds like Hendrix on a Neptune Beach sidewalk until hundreds of people gather around and he is arrested for obstructing traffic.

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