In this day and age, no one is safe – not even Pikachu.
A recently surfaced video taking the internet by storm showed 14 huge pocket monsters bouncing and dancing around in front of a live audience at the Pokémon World Festival 2017 in South Korea. It was a jovial performance – after all, what could be better than watching a bunch of gigantic yellow creatures flawlessly pulling off an intricately choreographed dance number to the beat of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.
However, since we can’t always have nice things, the cheerful routine started turning into a nightmare as the lead performer Pikachu began to deflate. Before the viewers could wrap their minds around what was wrong, a man suddenly entered the scene and ran towards the struggling Pokemon, practically body slamming him.
A moment later, several other suited men were running towards the intruder as he dragged the bright yellow creature off stage. As the footage shows, at least nine men, all presumed to be security guards, swarmed the stage.
Meanwhile, as the audience watched the scene panic-stricken, the rest of the troupe, which was previously dancing to an expertly choreographed routine of "You Can't Stop the Beat," continued performing even after they lost their lead.
Although their expressions could not be seen through their costumes, their haphazard dance moves were painfully hilarious.
It looked like a never ending, trying performance. But around the 4 minutes and 40 seconds mark, the assaulted Pikachu waddled back on the stage. Everyone applauded him, obviously, in an attempt to motivate him.
However, the ringleader’s costume started melting down again, once again leading the guard to push him away while looking like villains abducting a fictional hero.
Twitter had a lot to say about the deflating Pikachu dancer.
When Spicer has a meltdown explaining why a bunch of white men just made being a woman an uninsurable pre-existing condition https://t.co/pUl50mEnXq— Aya Cash (@maybeAyaCash) May 5, 2017
Pikachu as state propaganda https://t.co/TItqfGSlD7— Akin Unver (@AkinUnver) May 5, 2017
raise your hand if you're the deflated pikachu of your friend group— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) May 5, 2017
This clip caused me to feel every possible emotion simultaneously. https://t.co/JUEJoFSaga— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) May 5, 2017
Distopian nightmare as defective pikachu kinapped by secret agents in broad daylight! pic.twitter.com/lqeU4kKD9i— 19th Of Brumaire (@delmoi) May 5, 2017
Current feeling: deflated Pikachu.— Elizabeth Joh (@elizabeth_joh) May 5, 2017
RETRIEVE THE PACKAGE! PROTECT THE PRESIDENT! PACKAGE ACQUIRED, DISPERSE THE PREMISES! THREAT NEUTRALIZED! https://t.co/UQQisvlsQ7— におに (@Neonie) May 5, 2017
Pikachu knew too much https://t.co/Kg8RPAKQS1— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) May 5, 2017
When I'm trying to have a positive outlook and a sad thought starts entering my mind https://t.co/slvJhj03go— sara reinis (@SaraReinis) May 5, 2017