Bottom Line: There is nothing quite like “leaked” footage of someone getting electrocuted to spur on a mean. Well, maybe there is when that person decides to scream, “Don’t Tase Me Bro” moments before the faithful incident.
On September 17, 2007, U.S. Senator John Kerry addressed a Constitution Day forum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, which was organized by the ACCENT Speaker’s Bureau, an agency of the university’s student government. When Meyer asked Kerry about his connection to the Skull and Bones society, university police removed Andrew Meyer, a 21-year-old fourth-year undergraduate telecommunications student, from the forum, restraining him and drive stunning him with a Taser.
Several videos of the episode were then posted on the Internet. The most viewed version of the video, shot by Kyle Mitchell of The Gainesville Sun, had more than 3.8 million views on YouTube by May 2009. The New Oxford American Dictionary listed “tase/taze” as one of the words of the year for 2007, popularized by the widespread use of “Don’t tase me, bro!” The Yale Book of Quotations designated the same quote as the most memorable quote of 2007. Mick Jones, former guitarist for The Clash, wrote and published a song inspired from the event, “Don’t Tase Me, Bro,” and new wave band Devo use the quote in their song “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man).”
1. An utterance emitted by University of Florida student Andrew Meyer on the evening of September 17, 2007 in efforts to ward off the vicious bite of a police taser after he was detained for getting uppity at a forum with U.S. Senator John Kerry.
2. A phrase used (with ironic reference to the above incident) to express feigned dissatisfaction with another’s recent or impending actions or speech.
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