Pop Rocks: Sharkeisha, the Viral Sensation Surrounding a Sucker Puncher from Houston

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Sharkeisha with the bitch slap.
Update: According to a press release from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the girl in the video known as "Sharkeisha" has been charged with Assault with Bodily Injury as a result of the video. She was taken into custody on this class A misdemeanor Thursday morning and is being held by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department. Video taping assaults is clearly not a good idea.

Original Entry:

People on the Internet love videos of other people getting hurt, punched and kicked, whether it be intentional or otherwise. They also love videos of black people being sassy (ask Antoine Dodson or Sweet Brown). And they really love sharks (Sharknado anyone?). Put them all together and you might have the most talked about T-shirt in ThinkGeek.com history (it would probably also have a wolf, a light saber and a unicorn), or an Internet meme spawned by a sucker-punching girl from Houston with a funny-sounding name.

The cell phone video, which spread virally after it was posted on WorldStarHipHop.com, of a teen named Sharkeisha punching another teen, allegedly over a boy, shows Sharkeisha sucker punching 17-year-old Shamichael Manuel and then beating and kicking her repeatedly outside an apartment complex on Mills Road. The two reportedly were friends who both attended Cypress Creek High School. Manuel, interviewed by KHOU, said the now-viral video of the beat down is increasing the humiliation she feels, not surprisingly.

The scene is as dumb as it is unfortunate. Sharkeisha (it is spelled Sharkeysha in the KHOU report, but because it spread online as the former, we'll go with that for our purposes), 16, is clearly being a punk and fights over boys (or girls) are often the most ridiculous, outside of a stabbing over a parking space at a Walmart on Black Friday.

What makes me most uncomfortable, however, is how quickly it spread and the reasons behind it. First of all, it should be noted that the video is NOT funny. Unless you think it is hilarious when some jackass hauls off and clocks you one in the side of the face when you aren't looking, my guess is you shouldn't be laughing when it is someone else.

Certainly, plenty of us have chuckled if not all-out died laughing over videos of people running into things, falling down, etc. Johnny Knoxville and his moron friends made millions off of their pranks turned into lowbrow movie features. But, many of those were self inflicted or accidents. This was a person deliberately and violently turning on another person, viciously attacking her repeatedly before being stopped.


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27 comments
Rolando Ontiveros
Rolando Ontiveros

I agree, but Houston Press will repost it like 5 more times.

Carlos A. Martinez
Carlos A. Martinez

And helping make her moment of shame fame grow with a #hashtag on a bully like that? SHAME ON YOU @Houston Press

Rolando Ontiveros
Rolando Ontiveros

It's not a good thing and your the one promoting it. Over and over again

Mayling Tate
Mayling Tate

Can we seriously stop promoting this disgusting behavior by this disgusting individual?!? Stop posting this fucking video!

Erin Lucas
Erin Lucas

I find this disgusting and feel sorry for the victim. How f*cked up is it that another teen assaulting another teen girl is entertaining?

Johnny Damian III
Johnny Damian III

Punk ass youngstas cant square up anymore ol scary ass muthas lol Call out a kat to box or else your weak!

Daniel McCrary
Daniel McCrary

Don't give your kids stupid names. George Carlin said it best.

Victor Del Rio
Victor Del Rio

Has she been properly charged with assault already?

Erickson Ernest
Erickson Ernest

She tries to act tough like she accomplished something but any coward to sucker punch someone. What a joke.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Democrats......

Victor Del Rio
Victor Del Rio

Whom is the good steady-handed samaritan catching this on video?

Sarah O'Donnell
Sarah O'Donnell

I heard the story on 97.9 yesterday morning and am still infuriated by this. I was on Vine last night and this video popped up on the feed. I never wanted to see that :(

Halston Hugo Luna
Halston Hugo Luna

"go down to your basement..." where the hell is there a basement in Houston/the south??

Samantha Guzman
Samantha Guzman

I refuse to watch this video. I read the story and I refuse to publicize the offender and embarass the victim anymore than she has been already.

jeffbalke
jeffbalke

@Carlos A. Martinez We didn't create the hashtag. That already existed.

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