Damn Daniel
Damn Daniel is a 2016 viral video. Daniel Lara (born April 4, 2001) and his friend, Joshua Holz, who are students at Riverside Poly High School, reached

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Damn Daniel is a 2016 viral video.[1] Daniel Lara (born April 4, 2001) and his friend, Joshua Holz, who are students at Riverside Poly High School, [2] reached their Internet fame after their video, an edited collection of Snapchat videos, went viral on YouTube and Facebook.[3] In 2016, Time magazine listed Lara as one of "The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet".[4]


The original video was retweeted more than 300,000 times, liked 400,000 times on Twitter and looped more than two million times on Vine.[5] The original video clip is a 30-second compilation of Lara striding around school, with Holz complimenting him by repeatedly saying "Damn Daniel!" and occasionally following the catchphrase with: "Back at it again with the white Vans."[2] In the video, Lara wore a navy blue hoodie, skinny chinos, a burgundy backpack, and the slip-on sneakers.[6] This led to Lara and Holz guest appearing on Ellen, soon after, where Lara received a lifetime supply of Vans' shoes.[7][8] Lara donated the shoes to patients at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in California.[9][10][11]


Tech Insider stated in an article that “It’s hard to explain why it’s so funny.”[12] As a result of the video's popularity, companies such as Clorox, Vans, Denny's and Axe used the phrase "Damn Daniel" as a part of their marketing campaigns.[13][14] Vans' profits peaked shortly after the video as well.[15] In addition, the video's rise in popularity created price inflation for "Damn, Daniel Vans," which have received eBay bids for upwards of $400,000.[16] The video has also been turned into a song by rappers Little, Teej, and LeBlanc.[17][18] According to Wired, the viral video lasted for 14 days before Josh Holz, the director of the short video, had his Twitter hacked.[19] Daniel and Josh were later featured in the video for the song "California Kids" by Weezer, which appears on the band's 10th album, the White Album. The meme was also turned into a house song by Australian electronic comedy duo Bombs Away, adding to its popularity.[20] Lara was also featured in YouTube Rewind 2016, seen at 2:10 wearing white vans in a white van.[21]

  1. ^ Rogers, Katie (2016-02-25). "We Should Probably Have a Conversation About 'Damn, Daniel'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ a b "Why The Internet Is Melting Down Over The "Darn, Daniel" Meme". Seventeen. 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. ^ "The 'Damn, Daniel' meme, explained". For The Win. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  4. ^ Staff, TIME. "Meet the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet". Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  5. ^ Begley, Sarah. "'Damn, Daniel' Is Back at It With a Lifetime Supply of Vans". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  6. ^ "Damn Daniel's White Vans Are on eBay for $300,000". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  7. ^ "Teen in the viral 'Damn, Daniel' video makes an appearance on Ellen". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  8. ^ ""Damn Daniel" Was Back At It Again With The White Vans On "Ellen"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  9. ^ UTC, Chloe Bryan2016-03-12 23:04:48. "'Damn, Daniel' kid makes a new kind of fashion statement with charity work". Mashable. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  10. ^ Murray, Matt. "Teens behind 'Damn Daniel' video donate Vans shoes to young patients". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  11. ^ "'Damn Daniel' Stars Donate Vans to Patients at Children's Hospital". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  12. ^ "This teen named Daniel is all anyone can talk about this weekend — here's why". Tech Insider. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  13. ^ "'Damn, Daniel' Being Used In New Ads For Vans, Clorox & Even Denny's — See Them Here". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  14. ^ "These Brands Totally Won the Internet With the 'Damn, Daniel' Meme". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  15. ^ "Damn Daniel: Vans turns 50 today". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  16. ^ ""Damn, Daniel" White Vans Are Now More Expensive Than Birkin Bags". ELLE. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  17. ^ "Daniel Lara: Viral Star Of 'Damn Daniel' Is Blowing Up Online, Already Has His Own Rap Song". The Inquisitr News. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  18. ^ "The Latest (and Greatest) Meme to Be Turned Into a Song is "Damn Daniel"". Complex. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  19. ^ "Finally, an Exhaustive Structural Analysis of 'Damn Daniel'". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  20. ^ "This 'Damn Daniel' Remix Is A Pretty Damn Good Club Banger". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  21. ^ "Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge | #YouTubeRewind". YouTube. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2018-04-10.

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