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vendredi 4 février 2011

Ice cream guy : la gloire immédiate avec un cornet de glace sous la neige

Bien avant Internet ou la télé-réalité, en 1968, Andy Warhol avait pronostiqué : «N’importe qui deviendra célèbre dans le monde entier pendant 15 minutes».
C’est ce qui est arrivé la semaine dernière à un jeune juriste travaillant pour un cabinet d’avocats dans le centre de Washington.
Mercredi dernier, une tempête de neige s’est abattue sur la capitale fédérale américaine.
Malgré le mauvais temps, le jeune juriste, Zach Burroughs, avait envie de manger une glace. Il est sorti de son bureau pour aller à la pizzeria d’en face où on vend justement des crèmes glacées, même en plein hiver.
Zach n’avait pas pris la peine d’enfiler un manteau, ni même un pull. C’est en chemise, sous la neige et portant son cornet de glace à la main qu’il a retraversé la rue. C’est à ce moment-là qu’un photographe du «Washington Post» a saisi l’image de Zach avec sa glace, sous la neige.

Cette photo insolite s’est retrouvée le lendemain à la ‘une’ du «Washington Post». Oui, ce même journal qui jadis avait fait tomber Richard Nixon. L’homme du jour, l’homme de la tempête de neige, c’était Zach Burroughs, bravant les éléments, sa glace à la main.

La photo a ensuite été détournée par des internautes et le jeune Zach s’est retrouvé mêlé à toutes sortes de situations.

«15 minutes of fame», disait Andy Warhol (15 minutes de célébrité). Zach Burroughs a largement dépassé le temps qui lui était imparti. Zach est désormais connu sous ce nom : «The ice cream guy». Tapez ces mots sur Google, vous allez tomber sur lui.

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