This editorial was published in the MOnday, Dec. 3, issue of the Edmonton Journal.The 15 minutes of fame appear to be over for Edson, Alta., bohemian Robert Wilkinson, whose drunken karaoke act in the back of an RCMP cruiser became a YouTube sensation earlier this year.Wilkinson was convicted of impaired driving and refusing a breathalyzer test in an Edson courtroom last week. He was fined $1,400 and prohibited from driving for one year. He turned up for his court appearance wearing a Viking helmet, complete with horns, proving yet again that you can take the clown out of the circus but not the circus out of the clown.Wilkinson was arrested in November 2011 while driving home from a bar in Edson. After denying through slurred speech that he was intoxicated, and appealing to the brotherhood of man on the planet Earth, he launched into a loud and spirited rendition of the classic Queen anthem Bohemian Rhapsody. In point of fact, he pretty much nailed the song in its entirety, complete with hand gestures, headbanging and air drumming.Video footage of Wilkinsons performance was captured on the cruisers internal camera and sent to him as evidence for his trial. He posted it to YouTube, where it went viral. To date, the video has amassed more than nine million hits, or about a million more than the original Freddie Mercury version.Wilkinson has said that he doesnt want to send a bad message to young people about drinking and driving. No worries there. His video has subsequently aired on the U.S. cable series, Worlds Dumbest Criminals.
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