Was Melania Trump's Rickroll during the Republican National Convention intentional?

Melania Trump's speech has been one of the more memorable moments of the Republican National Convention. Photo / Getty/YouTube
Melania Trump's speech has been one of the more memorable moments of the Republican National Convention. Photo / Getty/YouTube

Everyone loves a good Rickrolling. We've all been had by Rick Astley's pop hit in the decade-long internet prank.

As an April Fool's joke in 2008, YouTube's entire front page consisted of Rickrolling videos. So ubiquitous is the meme, it's hard not to wonder if Melania Trump's speechwriter intentionally included reference to these immortal lines:

"He will never, ever give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever, let you down."

If that doesn't convince you, this YouTube video might:

So was it the most egregious troll of all time, or just a coincidence? The public seems to think sabotage was at play.






On April Fools Day in 2008, every featured video on YouTube went straight into a Rickroll.
On April Fools Day in 2008, every featured video on YouTube went straight into a Rickroll.

Melania Trump wouldn't be the first victim of a public Rickroll, however. Back in 2010, a bipartisan group of legislators Rickrolled the Oregon House of Representatives in a convicing fashion:

Rick Astley himself pulled off the most meta-Rickroll of all time when he appeared on a float at Macy's Thanksgiving parade lip-syncing to the hit song.

MTV were Rickrolled into giving Astley's song the Best Act Ever award for the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2008 after a round of public voting.

When the Westborough Baptist Church, famous for protesting soldier's funerals, decided to take on the Foo Fighters outside the venue of their Kansas City gig, the Foo Fighters hit back by Rickrolling them.

Driving by in a flatbed truck, members of the band blared Never Gonna Give You Up, drowNing out the protestors.

Even the church had to concede the Rickroll, tweeting after the incident: "Did @FooFighters just #rickroll us? Oh well!"

The New York Mets were Rickrolled in 2008 when they let fans vote for the 8th-inning sing-a-long song. Never Gonna Give You Up won by an overwhelming five million votes.

Are you still confused about what a Rickroll is? Here's a helpful video.

- NZ Herald

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