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Man Dressed As Giant Rat Takes New York Subway Mask Requirement To Next Level

by : Cameron Frew on : 15 Nov 2020 13:26
Man Dressed As Giant Rat Takes New York Subway Mask Requirement To Next LevelMan Dressed As Giant Rat Takes New York Subway Mask Requirement To Next Leveljonothonlyons/TikTok

Picture the scene: you’re a New Yorker riding the subway. Suddenly, a man dressed as a giant rat appears. 

Masks are a common sight wherever we go, whether it be the supermarket, out on the streets or on public transport. However, some have gone to extra lengths with their headwear.

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Meet Buddy the Rat, a human under the guise of a massive (albeit well-dressed) rodent who’s been seen next to the Big Apple’s commuters quite frequently recently.

Equipped with a big mask, a long pink tail and a suit, Buddy can be seen in videos boarding the carriage and perching atop a seat. In a tweet with a clip, comedian Alison Williams wrote: ‘Oh NYC is dead? Explain this.’

Hilariously, the passengers don’t seem to be bothered by Buddy whatsoever, maybe taking a quick glance before going back to their phones. Fortunately, he’s been receiving a lot of love online.

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Buddy is brought to life by Jonothon Lyons, a performance artist with a long career in physical theatre, including credits with the Blue Man Group. The character was first created 11 years ago for a video in Times Square, which amassed more than 70,000 views.

The large rat will soon appear in a short film this Thanksgiving from Todd Strauss-Schulson, the director behind Isn’t It Romantic and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. The short synopsis reads: ‘Lonely rat finds love and dances the night away.’

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Lyons, originally from Arizona before moving to NYC in 2005, told the New York Post: ‘Most New Yorkers are totally indifferent… I don’t have to worry about people staying six feet away from me.’

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

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