Epic Beard Man
Epic Beard Man (Thomas Alexander Bruso—a.k.a. Vietnam Tom a.k.a. Tom Slick a.k.a. I AM A MOTHERFUCKER: not to be confused with Wise Beard Man.) is a 67 year old war veteran who gained internet fame on February 16th, 2010 in a video which was filmed by Iyanna Washington and was posted to YouTube. In the video, our elderly hero finds himself confronted by a racially sensitive and unreasonably angry drunk black man. Epic Beard Man subsequently surprises us by delivering a beat down so crushing in its righteousness that it has touched the scrotum of Jesus himself. Predictably enough, lulz ensued and 4chan dropped everything to crown their new King. Epic Beard Man is a MOTHER FUCKER. He even has the shirt to prove it. Take dat nigga.
- The original
Michael speaks out
Note how he can suddenly speak perfect English for the radio after his gangsta rap patter on the bus. One can only conclude that he was indeed yelling for the beautiful siren Amber Lamps to come to his rescue. Meanwhile, President Obama has invited Vietnam Tom and Michael for a beer at the White House to patch things up.
Summary of the Incident
Epic Beard Man (EBM) misheard a young black man and thought he offered to shine EBM's shoes. Since EBM needed some shoe shinin' done, he asked how much shining his Stacy Adams would cost. Mistaking EBM for a racist that thinks all blacks shine shoes, Michael takes off his glasses and starts getting his bug-eye going. EBM stated that he misheard the young man and that he doesn't have to shine his shoes, that he is not a racist and that anyone could shine his shoes. The angry young man presses further on with his accusations, threatening to put his foot up EBM's ass. EBM denies this proposition and goes to the front of the bus to try to avoid any physical confrontation. Michael runs up to the front (with support of onlooking passengers) and attempts to throw a left hook at EBM, and gets wrecked immediately by an amazingly effective straight left punch after a feinting quick right.
The event occured on Bus Number 3057 of the AC transit system at the corner of 20th Street and Webster Street in Oakland headed towards the West Oakland. West Oakland is, incidentally, one of the less pleasant areas of the Oakland, in which USI is off the charts. The internet has exploded with discussion of the video, due in part to the old man's t-shirt (I AM A MOTHERFUCKER) and partly because a young black guy gets his shit handed to him by an old white dude.
The Birth of Meme Quadruplets
The incident brought about the birth of four unforced meme quadruplets. In addition to the Epic Beard Man meme the other three memes are called:
I am a motherfucker: What was written on the shirt that Epic Beard Man wore.
Amber Lamps: The mispronunciation of ambulance by Michael, it is also the name given to the pretty girl in purple tights who was too pretty to give a shit about the whole affair because she is obviously not human.
Bring M&Ms: Another mispronunciation of ambulance.
These memes are used as the titles of over 9000 videos that are circulating Youtube.
The EBM Documentary
Nathan Maas and Aaron Curry filmed a documentary on EBM. It gives us insight into just how fucking epic this guy is. Oh, and EBM's friend (conveniently black), reassures us that EBM is not racist. He's just a motherfucker that knows how to kick ass.
The EBM animation fight
DragonMaster Dan created EBM animation with DJ Relapse music
Interview with Iyanna Washington
It should be pointed out that Iyanna was the woman shouting inflammatory
comments from behind the camera, and more importantly she filmed
herself stealing EBM's shopping bag.
EBM is none other than Thomas Bruso, a man cops tasered at an Oakland A's game in 2009. After the event, where it took three cops to take him down for refusing to leave because he was carrying booze, Bruso was sent to the nuthouse for evaluation of his badassery. Bruso was once more admitted for a psychological evaluation at the John George Psychiatric Pavilion following the bus incident.
BAG IS RETRIEVED
New interview with EBM. He states that the cop returns the bag to him, and he talks about how that bitch stole the bag right on camera.
More importantly, He is aware of the pwnd guy's response video and (being the badass he is) states that he is more than ready for a rematch. Theres a song thrown there too. Other details include that EBM is a cokehead, and smokes marijuana for his arthritis. All of which makes him a perfect candidate for cage fighting.
Interview with Epic Beard Man
Despite the preceeding bullshit dutifully reported by the media, the truth of the incident was finally told by the motherfucker himself in the following interview.
The truth is that EBM just loves his country, and still hasn't got his belongings back. Some anons, deluding themselves that they would dare go near a black person in real life for fear of getting their own asses beaten, have decided that this serious injustice against the elderly warhero must be set to rights. Enter Operation I AM A MOTHERFUCKER. And remember above all else, Epic Beard Man LOVES HIS MOMMA!
- The "young" black guy is actually fifty years old. The guy says it on the video, and it's even there on the transcript above. Did you miss that fact? Everyone else did too, don't worry.
- EBM claims to have gone to Vietnam for the war. Turns out, he was honorably discharged due to, get this, mental illness.
- Fun fact: Bipolar people are prone to lie a lot. His interviews after the video included a claim that during the confrontation, the black guy pulled a knife on him, and punched him in the jaw. Even though he totally didn't do any of that in the video. The lies don't stop there. He claims to have punched his father out at 15 and been put in the oven by his mother while he was a baby. EBM's sister said NONE of this ever happened. Who do you trust, discharged for mental illness or the guy's mentally sound sister? I think we all know the answer to that question
- Other batshit quotes include '"I know you're goin' crazy, too," he told the dog.', "I'm out of my mind and can't think anymore", and '"I can't even remember yesterday, to tell you the truth," he says. "Half the time, I don't even know what I'm saying. I ramble and ramble. I get high and happy and I just start talking."'
- Honestly, doesn't wearing a shirt that says "I AM A MOTHERFUCKER" just SCREAM crazy hobo?
- Altough we cannot forget the main fact: He is way too epic to be insane!
Epic Beard Man: The Game
Cause an Epic Man needs an Epic Game!!
Play as the heroic Epic Beard Man and get your bag back off the bus, punching-out idiot homeboys along the way!!!
Annex 1: Amber Lamps
Amber Lamps, teh bitch in purple spandex. How come you paid no attention to what was going on? You are just too good to get distracted by humans. Teh queen, MY queen, t3h 4mb0r L4mpz. She's a pretty dirty slut. She lives in teh hood and doesn't afraid of anything.
Anonymous loves you Amber Lamps, you ride public transit and doesn't afraid of anything. A success to all /b/ and shall become a meme of epic win. Oh sweet queen, the internets will forever remember you for your stone cold resolve and your lamps of amber.
The Epic Fail Man Movie
A shitty movie about him is being made, where our now mexican hero beats up evil whiteys.
The original video was deleted, here is a reupload:
- Angry Grandpa
- Bus Uncle
- Jimmy McMillan
- I'M PRESSIN CHARGES
- Techno Viking
- Tourette's Guy
- The Peckham Terminator
- Wise Beard Man (VERY different guy)
- Whistles go whoo
- Excellent Parody
- Supposedly fair reporting by racist local news group and it so much bullshit
- EBM on TOW
- The Original Video of Epic Beard Man's Punchout Session
- Epic Beard Man says FUCK YOU to the AC Transit Authorities
- EpicBeardMan on YouTube
- A Challenger Appears!
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