If there are two things the Internet loves, and neither of those two things are allowed to be cats, they’re Bob Ross and autotuned remix vids. And PBS just served up the goods on both counts.
“Millions of fans remember Bob Ross and the joy he brought to so many aspiring artists over his years on television,” a PBS rep wrote this morning in an email to VentureBeat. “Like with Mr. Rogers, this is a great way to remember him.”
If you can watch that and not crack a smile, you might want to see a cardiologist, because you have no heart.
Ross, who passed away July 4, 1995, is already immortalized in tons of YouTube clips from his show, The Joy of Painting. While watching a guy with a crazy afro paint woodsy landscapes for a half hour at a time might seem like a one-way ticket to boredsville to the uninitiated, Ross’ trademark witticisms and gentle nature made the show a rare pleasure to watch. The show ran for more than a decade on PBS.
“I got a letter from somebody here a while back, and they said, ‘Bob, everything in your world seems to be happy,'” the icon once told his PBS audience.
“That’s for sure. That’s why I paint. It’s because I can create the kind of world that I want, and I can make this world as happy as I want it. Shoot, if you want bad stuff, watch the news.”