Yes, really. MEP. Rap. Battle.
Last night, actually, and guess what? I co-wrote a little piece for the BBC News Inside Europe blog about it! So yes, that's pretty exciting.
Have a read here! (There can only be one name on the byline so I don't actually get a mention until the bottom but that doesn't matter.) And if ya fancy it, you could also share it on the social network of your choice. Just sayin'.
Now, you all know how much I like a waffle - in both senses of the word (mmm waffles) - so I figured I'd just share a teeeensy bit more about my experience as well as a few more snaps.
|Also Sofia's snap|
When I arrived at the European Parliament, I was shocked to see a massive queue snaking out of the building and yes, they were all there for the rap battle!
That said, who wouldn't want to see MEPs rapping?
Alas, the MEPs themselves didn't really rap, but the professionals did and the MEPs should definitely be commended for getting into the spirit of it all - some more than others!
The event was sponsored by Facebook and MTV Voices among others (an attempt to be down with the kids?) and the hashtag #battle4yourvote was encouraged. Yes, with a '4'. *facepalm* If you take it in an ironic way it's pretty funny though.
That wasn't the only use of the big screen though, oh no. We were shown graphs, people!
At this point I was starting to feel like I was at some strange lecture crossed with a club night, but I think maybe our MC for the night was just stalling.
So there was a bit of politics, yes, but I can't help but wonder if the event actually swayed anyone or persuaded anyone to vote who wasn't going to before... Obviously I don't know for sure, but I reckon most of the attendees were all already part of the Brussels Eurobubble, and isn't it the 'normal' people back home who are more likely to need the encouragement?
Still, maybe the hashtag trended, and hey, you can watch the whole evening back online if you fancy it. I don't know whether the organisers achieved their aim, but it was certainly different (hey, they got a BBC News blog out of it!) and I enjoyed myself. Yo.