Denver, CO (April 26th, 2014) – In recent months the Internet, specifically YouTube, have been under siege by comedic sensation and former Army Ranger Mat Best. He first made waves through the military and special operations community with his video How To Be An Operator, which was a satirical look at members of elite special operations units and currently has nearly 600,000 views on YouTube. His fame grew with each video topping the last as well as the launch of a clothing line. His latest video, Epic Rap Battle: Special Forces vs. MARSOC, has been the source of recent controversy though.
Mat Best spotted at an undisclosed location in Texas
The video, which depicts a Green Beret duking it out with a MARSOC operator via a comedic “rap battle” has drawn criticisms from both communities. The point of contention? Mr. Best is seen depicting both characters, in which he wears the famous Green Beret of the Army Special Forces as well as the Eagle, Globe and Anchor of the Marine Corps in his costumes – neither of which he has earned. One Special Forces NCO commented on the matter, “Mat already has a plethora of bikini clad women, why does he need to impersonate us as well? And a Marine riding on a 160th bird… get real. He said some really hurtful things about 18x’s and the National Guard… the Stolen Valor Act is the only way for us to get revenge!”
The Marine Corps was not happy about the situation either. “We do not take some bearded internet hippy wearing our shit lightly. I mean, his tattoos aren’t even in regulation! And a Marine riding on a Little Bird… that’s not even realistic! This finger snapping, Jameson drinking Ranger needs to get back in his lane – and take off our EGA!” said one Marine, who also produced a list of demands, which included having Mr. Best admit that Rangers were ‘basically the same as Marines’. Mat and the rest of the Article 15 crew are all military veterans themselves as well as being clear that they have nothing but the utmost respect for all branches of the service, they thought it was clear the videos were only meant to be funny and did not anticipate the drama that has ensued.
Upon our request for an interview, we were blindfolded and driven to an undisclosed ranch in Texas to meet with Mr. Best himself for a Hit the Woodline exclusive. Riding up to greet us upon a mythical unicorn whilst wearing nothing but Ranger panties and holding a bottle of Jameson whiskey, his response to our rapid fire questions on the matter was short and to the point, “Rangers Lead the Way.” With a snap of his fingers, he was gone and we were left in the dusty Texas driveway in nothing but our undergarments. For now, it seems the issue is un-resolved – but the stolen valor accusations are not likely to gain traction as the government is too busy with more important matters like passing budgets and eradicating corruption.