It’s pretty difficult to believe if you’re an Internet
junkie veteran like I am, but fourteen years ago my friend Dino Ignatio created a little website called Bert is Evil. While the original website has long been taken down, internet mirrors exist all over the world of circumstantial (and Photoshopped) proof that Bert of Sesame Street is the devil’s spawn — it was one of the first Internet meme’s before an age of YouTube or Twitter or Facebook, and became infamous when an image of Bert with then unknown-in-1998 Osama bin Laden was seen in a 2001 pro-Osama bin Laden protest rally in Bangladesh.
And what has Dino been up to in the past fourteen years, you ask? You might have seen his work in the flash animation Maritess vs. the Super Friends, or as a director on the video Embarcadero Blues by Goh Nakamura, one of the first Asian American indie artists to have a million views on YouTube. From the looks of it, I’d say that Dino is doing pretty damn well.
(Hat tip: Rickey)