RIP, Alfonso Ribeiro

Written by on September 10, 2012 in crazy - 16 Comments

The other day on twitter, I came upon this interaction between my bloggy friends Kia and Jen:

Peace out, Alfonso Ribeiro. Or not. Whatevs.

And then I had a twisted thought, as is the custom in my Pumpkin Spice Latte addled grey matter.

Evidence of the twisted. No wonder I have nightmares about tornadoes.

I’m not kidding, of course.

Though I am wondering if perhaps Alfonso’s publicist started the RIP facebook page so that he can come out and remind everyone that he isn’t dead. That he is, in fact, alive and well and  bored of living off of the royalties he gets from all of the gifs of him dancing to Tom Jones songs. And by the way, does anyone have a need for some silly 90s dance moves on a current hit show? How about a Carlton cameo in a movie?


Wait. Do people really get royalties from gifs? If so, I’m gonna start making some. I can attempt to ride a skateboard and fall off and get my kids to make their eyes really wide when they see some cupcakes, too. Maybe I’ll get the whole fam to do and homage to Carlton’s elbow-swinging dance moves. See you all on my yacht next year, suckas!

Until then, don’t cross me. I’ll facebook voodoo you if you do. RIP, jerk faces.

But please download my gifs, ‘kay? Alfonso Ribeiro’s life career rejuvenation (and my chances for a boat) are in your hands. (Or let’s make gifs for money together. Then we can race our new boats!)

He can’t just do  “Carlton Dance” flash mobs forever. Even if they are awesome.

16 Comments on "RIP, Alfonso Ribeiro"

  1. thedoseofreality September 10, 2012 at 11:03 am · Reply

    DUDE. I totally saw the title and went and checked the news to see if he was actually dead. I was all like, poor Alfonso he was so young. Damn you Southern Spark for making me have false grief!! ;) Seriously, though, the gif idea is awesome. Count me in!

    • Tricia September 10, 2012 at 11:17 am · Reply

      That was the entire point. I expect people to be inviting Alfonso to his own “I’m Not Really Dead” parties very soon. Genius marketing, if you ask me.

  2. Jessica Ballard September 10, 2012 at 11:56 am · Reply

    So not right, I was really upset thinking he and Morgan Freeman died this weekend

    • Tricia September 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm · Reply

      I know. That’s why I always try to confirm it via a reliable source before I believe it. When Whitney Houston died, I googled it and found a hoax link from CNN from about four months before she actually died. This is how rumors get started and are perpetuated.

  3. Jen Lawrence September 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm · Reply

    You’re hysterical! I don’t believe anything on twitter or Facebook until I get a factual news link. I honestly didn’t believe when Whitney Houston died until I checked news sources. I just assumed they were killing people on twitter again. *sigh* love the whole RIP jerk faces, literally burst out laughing. FB voodoo HA! ;-)

    • Tricia September 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm · Reply

      Ha! Thanks, Jen! I did the same thing when Whitney Houston died-as I mentioned in my response to Jessica above, I googled her death when I first saw reports of it on twitter, and found a link from CNN from months before reporting her death. You just never know…and that’s why we have facebook voodoo for the jerk faces. :)

  4. Emily September 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm · Reply

    He was just here in Davenport, IA, a few weeks ago for a minor-league baseball team game promotion. He was promoted as “Carlton Banks,” not Alfonso Ribeiro. The morning radio guys spent at least a week discussing how sad it was that he couldn’t even use his real name. Here’s a video of our team mascot doing “The Carlton.”

    • Tricia September 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm · Reply

      Oh, poor Carlton. I mean, Alfonso. I wonder if he is sick of doing that dance and being called by his character’s name or if he likes it because it pays the bills? Either way, it is really sad that they would promote him as Carlton instead of Alfonso. Thanks for commenting, Emily!

  5. Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm · Reply

    This title completely tricked me. I’m a huge “Carlton Banks” fan and have been hoping for years that he will be on Dancing with the Stars one season. The world needs to see that dancing. ;)

    • Tricia September 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm · Reply

      Oh, Erin! You are so right. He would be awesome on DWTS!

  6. Amiyrah September 10, 2012 at 6:35 pm · Reply

    Hahahahaha! This post was all kinds of awesome. The fact that it started with a twitter conversation between Kia and Jen just told me I was in for a treat. RIP nasty-ass haters of Tricia…

    • Tricia September 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm · Reply

      Hahaha! Pretty sure there are a few people who might do an RIP, Tricia facebook page now. There were some people who were very upset with me for the title of this post!

  7. Karen September 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm · Reply

    Totally thought this was the “rule of threes” in action – first Morgan Freeman, then Michael Clarke Duncan. Glad Carlton continues to be unusual with us.

    • Tricia September 12, 2012 at 11:06 am · Reply

      Exactly, Karen. But since only one of those people has actually passed away, other Hollywood types must be shaking in their boots.

  8. Rae Lovvorn September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm · Reply

    I actually remember Alfonso from his Silver Spoons days. Oh, how I loved Ricky Schroeder and his wacky family and friends! Glad Alfonso is still among the living.

    • Tricia September 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm · Reply

      Me, too, Rae! Me, too.

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