by David Mendez
Vine, the Twitter-built social media platform that's taken the world by storm (at least until Instagram video became a thing), is a great source for all sorts of weird, goofy, interesting short video clips.
And then, there's the fun bit of horror known as the #SmackCam trend, which seems to involve hitting people upside the damn head and laughing about it.
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According to his Vine profile, Aaron VanDeventer is an 18-year-old senior from Grand Ledge, Michigan who enjoys track and thinks it's hilarious to slap little girls in the face until they cry. A video he posted of two assholes harassing a tearful girl has been been retweeted 625 times and counting on @VineLoop, "The Official account for the YouTube channel FunnyVines!"
Vines of boys hitting girls are instant #SmackCam hits; here's a video of a guy violently slamming a girl on the head with heavy jug. She appears to be so stunned that she falls over.
You don't need to wonder what your 8th grade sleepover parties would've been like if the grade's Queen Bee had Vine; just check out these two videos. This school bus #SmackCam is like something out of a warped John Hughes movie.
Don't mind me while I lose objectivity here, because what the fuck is this?
I get that people have played terrible pranks on each other in the past, and that being a dickhead isn't a new thing and isn't simply a millennial thing, but this simply defies comprehension, honestly.
Interestingly, and unsurprisingly, it appears to be mostly done by a bunch of dickish bros that are hitting each other (With shaving cream! With powder! With ice!) because smacking your friends in the face is hilarious. Basically, it's actually something more terrible than the "bros icing bros" trend, because you only have to drink Smirnoff Ice if you get "iced."