It’s almost been 10 years since we all sat glued to our television sets watching the saga unfold of the legendary Balloon Boy. If you don’t remember, in 2009, a big balloon was set free, and Richard and Mayumi Heene told authorities and news outlets that their son was inside the balloon.
The media took off running with it, and created a half day’s worth of drama, complete even with a climactic chase and reveal of the balloon in a field with no child in sight.
Apparently, this attention grab was just the jumping off point for the family in their mildly annoying quest for fame. A USA Today piece checked in on our little hero in 2014, 5 years after the balloon incident.
Somehow not disheartened by the criminal charges from the earlier situation, the Heene family announced what they called “the world’s youngest metal band,” sure to be sweeping the airways soon. “The Heene Boyz” as they’re so creatively named, have self-released three albums, and luckily for us, they have a song on YouTube. The track must have been the last chance to clear the noble name of the Heene family, and I’ve got to say, I’m not quite convinced; but at least he looks like he’s having fun, right?
How this video managed to slip through the cracks of the internet un-memed, I have no idea, but the epic journey of Balloon Boy should be an inspiration to us all. Richard and Mayumi went out and captured the true American dream, and showed that with a little hard work and dedication, we too can look stupid on national tv, and in the end, isn’t that all we want?