Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The obsession with AC Transit brawler, a.k.a. Epic Beard Man

I found this and had to share...

The fascination with the legendary Bay Area public transit pugilist Thomas Bruso continues, this time with a documentary. [Tip to Laughing Squid]

Bruso, most commonly known now as "Epic Beard Man" (EBM), became an Internet celebrity after video of his fight with a fellow AC Transit bus passenger was posted on YouTube last month. The footage, taken by college student Lyanna Washington, shows Bruso wearing a T-shirt that says "I am a motherf*****" (hence the title of Washington's video). Bruso and another man, later identified as Michael, are seen exchanging words near the back of the bus. Their back-and-forth escalates when Bruso asks "How much you charge me for a spit shine?" In moments, they make their way to the front of the bus and the fight ensues. Michael ends up with a bloodied and busted nose, while Bruso is ushered off the bus, taking out his rage on a newsstand and screaming "I'm 67 years old and I'm not getting killed." Bruso was taken to a hospital for a psyciatric evaluation, reports the Oakland Tribune.




The video has received more than 3.7 million page views since its Feb. 16 debut, spawning heated and racially-charged discussions online. The clip has also inspired video game parodies (Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter), YouTube video responses, an Epic Beard Man Facebook fan page and twitter account, and hilarious photo mashups (imagine EBM at Guadalcanal). There's even a forum and video dedicated to the young woman in the video wearing headphones and purple tights. Her nickname is "Amber Lamps" -- what people apparently thought Michael said when he asked for an ambulance after the fight.

So who exactly is Thomas Bruso? Well, according to the Oakland Tribune, he's a burly fellow (6-foot-1 and 280 pounds) and calls himself "Epic Beard Man," "Tom Slick" and "Vietnam Tom." We know that he's been an Internet sensation before. In 2009, Oakland police used a stun gun on Bruso during an A's game after he refused to leave the stadium (video below). And from a recent documentary by Nathan Maas (Warning: Language NSFW), we can see that EBM has quite a story to tell.

The video has received more than 3.7 million page views since its Feb. 16 debut, spawning heated and racially-charged discussions online. The clip has also inspired video game parodies (Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter), YouTube video responses, an Epic Beard Man Facebook fan page and twitter account, and hilarious photo mashups (imagine EBM at Guadalcanal). There's even a forum and video dedicated to the young woman in the video wearing headphones and purple tights. Her nickname is "Amber Lamps" -- what people apparently thought Michael said when he asked for an ambulance after the fight.

So who exactly is Thomas Bruso? Well, according to the Oakland Tribune, he's a burly fellow (6-foot-1 and 280 pounds) and calls himself "Epic Beard Man," "Tom Slick" and "Vietnam Tom." We know that he's been an Internet sensation before. In 2009, Oakland police used a stun gun on Bruso during an A's game after he refused to leave the stadium (video below). And from a recent documentary by Nathan Maas (Warning: Language NSFW), we can see that EBM has quite a story to tell.




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Oakland A's Fan Being Tazed by Police - 8/4/2009



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AC Transit Bus Fight - Interview MICHAEL THE BLACK GUY THAT GOT BEAT UP - Epic Beard Man



This dude is so full of shit it is not even funny...

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