When Napoleon Dynamite exploded into the pop culture universe back in the summer of 2004, more people than we care to remember walked around sporting "Vote For Pedro" t-shirts. In the wake of that film's inexplicable success, Jon Heder went back to work (albeit mostly unmemorably) while Efren Ramirez, better known as Pedro, seemed content just to ride the wave of popularity that the film provided him. During the next year, there was nary a public function that Ramirez DIDN'T show up to, nor was there a photo opp that went by without him sporting a goofy grin and his "Vote For Pedro" shirt (including the Academy Awards!). Why do we bring this up? Because we fear the very same thing is about to happen to McLovin.
In today's Rush & Molloy column, it is reported that McLovin (aka Christopher Mintz-Plasse) attended a Super Bowl party thrown by Playboy just this past weekend. Perhaps spurred on by his friends or a healthy dose of liquid courage, McLovin proceeded make his way into the DJ booth, grab the mic and scream out out the following quote to the crowd of rowdy partygoers: "Allow me to reintroduce myself ... I am McLovin!" Naturally, this concerns us just a smidge. Not because McLovin isn't allowed to go out and have fun, mind you, it's more because we already know how this story ends. And it ain't pretty. We hope that by pointing out the similarities in career trajectory that McLovin shares with Pedro now, he'll avoid the indignity of spittin' rhymes alongside American Gladiator's Militia and the "I Can Do 200 Of These" guy in Season Two of MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar.
[Photoshoppage done by Seth, natch]