Oneupweb : Ben Folds on ChatRoulette

I’m just going to be honest—ChatRoulette freaks me out. I mean, you have no idea who you are going to be webcam-to-webcam with. It could be some weirdo, some crazy stalker, and yes, even an aspiring porn star. I hear that people of all ages are getting on this thing, including tweens. That’s just creepy. Your 13-year-old daughter could be chatting with a homicidal maniac—a maniac who knows what she looks like!

However, I did find the video of the pianist named “Merton” improvising piano ditties based on the people he was served up in Chatroulette to be absolutely hilarious. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Rumors began to circulate that “Merton” was actually Ben Folds. Really, the resemblance is uncanny. Of course, Ben Folds denied these rumors.

And then, at a recent concert, he got in on the ChatRoulette game himself, performing an “Ode to Merton” live onstage and on ChatRoulette in front of 2,000 fans.

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So what do you think about ChatRoulette? Cool or creepy? I’d love to hear your thoughts.