THE Nobel committee has selected the potential winners of this year’s YouTube comments prize.
Shortlisted comments were found under a wide range of videos, including clips of weeping Justin Bieber fans, obese men sharing Kale recipes and elderly people stuck in paddling pools.
Selection panel member Wayne Hayes said “There have been some really meaningful comments this year.
“I felt very passionately about including a commenter called J0nnyWr0ngun, whose existential comments like ‘Nearest Starbucks’ and ‘When do clocks go back’ are quite beautiful in their abstraction.
“However the other judges think that he probably just got the site confused with Google.”
Emma Bradford, who uses the pseudonym PinkKittinSlay3r, is shortlisted for a comment she made under a video of a pro-NHS demonstration in Lewisham.
Her posting ‘Shut all the hospitals, all nurses r sluts’ earned her over 10,000 upvotes, as well as catching the judges’ attention.
Emma said “At the time, I thought there were just lots of other people who were angry because their boyfriends had gone in for a check up and got off with the person taking their blood sample.
“I never expected this.”
However Stephen Malley, an early adopter of the YouTube comments system, said: “It’s not about seeking glory or attention, it’s the pursuit of truth.
“I once posted on a Casualty clip that I shagged the actress playing the coma patient behind Pizza Hut in Dundee back in 1993 or maybe 1994.
“I didn’t expect anything in return, I just felt the public had a right to know.”