YouTube Auto Captions Karaoke


SHS graduate Hannah M. Syrus performs Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” with the aid of YouTube auto captioning at the first ever YAKK event.

Logan Flake, Satire Editor


While some students prepare their vocal cords for Coffee House, others are readying themselves for a lesser-known production with a cult-like following that will happen shortly after.

SHS’s third annual YouTube Auto Captions Karaoke Kraze will be held in the auditorium on Sept. 9. According to the event’s host, Luna Tick, YAKK was created for those who want to spend a night “celebrating the sure beauty and accuracy behind the wonders of YouTube’s most underappreciated feature.”

Junior Autumn Lavine says she is excited for what will be her first time performing at YAKK. To “start off with a bang,” Autumn says she has chosen her favorite song, “Misery” by Maroon 5, to be the subject of her debut performance.

“To be honest with you, I have no clue why it’s called ‘Misery’,” Lavine said. “That word isn’t even used once in the entire song. Maybe it’s an odd mishearing of the chorus? That’d be whack, because it very clearly says ‘I am in Missouri, there ain’t nobody who can comfort me’ on the auto captioning. How could YouTube get the lyrics right and the actual creators of the song get them so terribly wrong?”

The event’s small student section, which takes up only a third of the auditorium’s seating with the other seats being reserved for “excited” or “proud” parents and family members only, is already sold out. When looking at the enthusiasm of students like Sophomore Miley Syrus, it’s not hard to see why.

“My sister has told me all about how amazing YAKK is,” Syrus said. “She said performing Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ and being able to perfectly hit her favorite line from the song, which goes ‘all the lonely Starbucks lovers,’ was one of the highlights of her entire time in high school. I can’t wait to be able see other heart-filled performances just like hers”

Senior Cray Zee, brother of the now infamous SHS graduate Pepe Zee who refused to leave his vacation destination during Spring break of last school year, says he doesn’t seem to get as much out of the event as his peers do.

“I have yet to understand anything any performer has ever said,” Zee said. “I’ve talked to my friends after both events so far, and they look at me like I’m crazy when I try to reason with them, for example, that it goes ‘we’re up all night to get lucky’ not ‘we’re up all Mexican love beat.’ Maybe I’m just a loon. I guess I should put more trust into YouTube’s auto captioning after-all.”