Taliban 'I'm Sexy And I Know It' YouTube Video Reaches 2 Million Views
HELMAND, AFGHANISTAN — The Taliban continue to celebrate this week as their video release of "I'm Sexy And I Know It" to YouTube continues to go viral and surpass others from U.S. Military personnel.
The song is from a group known as LMFAO.
Set against the backdrop of an upbeat musical tempo, the video shows numerous Taliban fighters grinding their hips and doing another move the CIA describes as the "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle."
The dance routines quite typically come in between cheesy video graphics of missiles striking Israel and men firing AK-47's into the air.
The video also features insurgents in full battle uniform lip-syncing the famous lyrics: "Everybody stops and they staring at me; I got passion in my pants and I ain't afraid to show it, show it, show it, show it."
Video director Ahmad Rakim Muhammed explained that he had heard the "infidel devil song" while surfing the channels on the satellite television installed into his home -- which still has no running water or toilet.
"I was getting bored watching old episodes of The Big Bomb Theory on al Jazeera one night, so I started flipping through the channels and heard this horrible song," said Muhammed. "I thought, well, this could definitely work for our information operations against the American crusaders who keep filming their own videos."
With over 2 million views, "I'm Sexy And I Know It: Taliban Version" has made waves on the internet and across the U.S. military community.
"Now I can't even listen to that damn song without seeing some haji [sic] in manjammies thrusting towards the camera," said Marine Sergeant Brad Allen with 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. "It's seared into my brain. I think I may have to go to MHU [Mental Health Unit] after this shit."
Despite the video's success however, some Taliban fighters have expressed anger at the release. One Taliban infantryman said the video features a bunch of "boot-ass POG's [person other than grunt]."
"Yeah, it's real nice that these guys get to sit around on their fat asses at the TOB [Taliban Operating Base] while the real men actually go out and fight the infidels," said Omar Shaklidi, a fighter who serves with the 332nd Jihad Brigade. "They must have taken time off from belly dance night and their Turkbucks Coffee to film it."
Other comments on the video were more enthusiastic. One YouTube user, which appeared to be an American girl out of San Clemente, California said: "OMG! You guys ROCK!!@1!@ SOOOO Kewl!"
"I'm so glad to see this," commented Youtube user Mohammed300320211121. "You don't ever get to see the fun side of the Taliban. I can't wait until I turn 18 and I can join! ALLAH-AKBAR!"