Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Only in Tampa: Randall the Honey Badger guy meets New York Times' David Brooks

Randall, the face of the Honeybadger 2012 campaign, was in Ybor City on Monday night.

Leah Millis | Times

Randall, the face of the Honeybadger 2012 campaign, was in Ybor City on Monday night.

TAMPA — It was the ultimate clash of high and low brow.

Randall, the voice behind the smash-hit YouTube video/Internet meme about the Honey Badger who doesn't give a you-know-what, and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

The men almost passed each other by Monday evening on Ybor City's E Eighth Avenue without recognizing the other — until a Tampa Bay Times reporter asked if they knew each other.

"No," Brooks said. "But he does." The columnist pointed to his 13-year-old son, Aaron.

Randall — that's what he calls himself and he declined to give his real name — gladly agreed to a photo with the columnist's son.

"One more," Randall said. "We have to do the claws, though."

Then Randall raised his hands and opened his mouth, baring his teeth.

"Claws up," he told the 13-year-old. "I'm going to bite your head off."

Then Randall invited Brooks to attend his 7 p.m. Tuesday press conference at the Roosevelt 2.0 at 1812 N 15th St. Randall will be announcing the Honey Badger party's official entry into the 2012 presidential campaign. (See www.honeybadger2012.com.)

"Honey Badger 2012," Brooks said. "Okay. I've heard of this."

Hilarity ensued.

"I can't make it," Brooks said.

"Oh, are you here for the RNC?" Randall asked.

"Is that here?" Brooks dead-panned.

But that's okay. Other media outlets are already lining up to hear about the Honey Badger platform — although "media" in this case refers to the Daily Show and the Colbert Report.

But Randall, who has recorded a series of amusing animal videos, said his message about preserving the environment is no joke, and said he's finding a receptive audience among the conservatives he has met here for this week's Republican National Convention.

"The more we keep destroying this planet, we're destroying ourselves," he said. "I take it very seriously but I'm going to do it with humor because people will laugh and then they'll realize: .... He's making sense! We have to do better for this world."

Jamal Thalji can be reached at thalji@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3404.

Only in Tampa: Randall the Honey Badger guy meets New York Times' David Brooks 08/27/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 4:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Today: Scientology to film mock FBI raid on downtown building

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology will be filming a mock FBI raid on its downtown campus Monday at 3 p.m., according to the Clearwater Police Department.

    According to Clearwater Police, the Church of Scientology plans to hold a mock FBI raid at 3 p.m. Monday at this vacant building at 305 N Fort Harrison Ave. Police announced the raid in advance to alert the public. They said they did not know the reason for the event. [Google Earch image]
  2. Ranking Malik Zaire among 2017's top transfer quarterbacks

    Blogs

    The Florida Gators' Malik Zaire is among many transfers who could become starters at their new school. Here's how he stacks up in our rankings of top transfer quarterbacks:

  3. Video shows giant humpback whale breaching right off side of boat

    Environment

    A man filmed a whale breaching really close to his boat in a video that has gone viral.

    A giant whale breached right next to a boat in the waters off New Jersey last week. It was captured on video.
  4. Lightning re-sign Yanni Gourde to two-year, one-way deal

    Blogs

    Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fightning to stay in pro hockey.

    Yanni Gourde seized his moment with six goals in 20 games as a callup last season.
  5. Next up in Bucs renovations? A $20 million indoor practice facility

    Bucs

    Renderings of the Bucs' new indoor practice facility (Courtesy of the Bucs)