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You’re Killin’ Me: Xzibit

July 11, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 10 Comments 

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A couple days ago Xzibit tweeted, “planking was a way to transport slaves on the ships during  the slave trade”. X is making a spurious correlation between slavery and planking.  There is absolutely no correlation between the two; planking comes from a different origin.  At best, it is simply a coincidence. How did Xzibit even come up with this idea? Let’s get educated.

The first plankers were Gary Clarkson and Christian Langdon who in 2000 started lying down in public places around Taunton, United Kingdom. They called it “the lying down game”. When asked why they lie down in their pictures the group says that it’s, “because it’s utterly ridiculous, if you go on a holiday, you take a photo of yourself in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. We thought it would be hilarious if you’re not interested and lying down instead”. In 2007 co-founder Daniel Hoppin started posting their  “lying down” pictures online.  To date, their facebook page titled “The Laying DownGame” has over 100,000 members.

Tyga planking on a $400,00 Maybach

The term “planking” originated in Australia, not Africa or the Southern United States. Australian carpenter Sam Weckert is credited for coining the phrase. “Planking was a term myself and two other mates came up with roughly in the summer of 2008 or 2009″, Weckert says. Notice where the term “plank”  comes from; you lie down mimicking a wooden plank. Get it? You’re not mimicking a slave, you’re mimicking a plank! Educate yourself. Planking has nothing to do with slavery.

Slaves were transported on specially designed slave ships. People lied on their back, chained down at the wrists and ankles.  If they were forced to stand they would probably collapse on the floor, and things would get even more messy. Plus it is much more efficient if slaves lied on their backs instead of standing. Sometimes up to 500 slaves were crammed into these ships. Once again there is no relationship between the slave trade and planking.

Joe Budden pulling off an uncomfortable plank

People have been lying down for thousands of years, nothing new. Xzibit is just some old geezer who has no friends to plank with, and is trying to ruin planking for the rest of us. Planking has nothing to do with the slave trade! All you people have to stop connecting planking to slavery. There is no correlation.

Xzibit You’re Killin’ Me! Get educated.


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10 Responses to “You’re Killin’ Me: Xzibit”

  1. yowtf on July 11th, 2011 12:29 am

    hahaha wtf crazy stuff … maybe he’s relating to that

    “Plus it is much more efficient if slaves lied on their backs instead of standing.”

    and why is it called “Plankin” not “Laying Down” instead … yeah the group is called the “laying down game” but the usal term is Planking … i dont see any real reason to relate it to a plank


    d bags Reply:

    @yowtf, it’s related to a plank because a plank of wood is flat and lays there…. can you see what they’re doing in the pictures? They’re flat, and they’re laying there…. like a plank. How is there no real reason to relate it to a plank??


  2. yowtf on July 11th, 2011 12:31 am

    plus … its unnecessary to say that xzibit got a sense of humour especially when it comes down to internet memes …

    i heard you like planking so … ;-)


  3. yowtf on July 11th, 2011 12:31 am

    plus … its unnecessary to say that xzibit got a sense of humour especially when it comes down to internet memes …

    yo dawg … i heard you like planking so …


  4. TOBEHONEST on July 11th, 2011 1:58 am

    Planking isn’t related but they do need to change it’s name, you get educated man, the slaves were put on their stomachs laid down so they can fit, they slave owners called in planking.. It seems like their mimciking it, they should change the name.


  5. d bags on July 11th, 2011 4:33 am

    It’d be so stupid to change the name, slaves were whipped too, so can I no longer call a car a whip? And the n-word too, black people shouldn’t say it because it was used when they were slaves. It’s all behind the intention, if their intention is to make fun of the slaves who were “planking”, then yea the name should be changed, but since it has no intention on being associated with that, it should not have to change…


  6. Pauly Dee on July 11th, 2011 10:51 am

    You guys are gonna kill yourselves with these YKM’s. You should do them everyso often, not every week…


  7. young on July 11th, 2011 12:26 pm

    peple im not tryna be stupid or anything. can someone please explain wats the point of this game….you just lye down flat and someone takes a pic…is that all?


  8. Mr.West on July 11th, 2011 9:31 pm

    damn wats up wit the hate on xzibit killer.?? shit get off his shit let em think what he wants dont have to make em look like a dumbass…#killerhiphop KILLED this post


  9. carter on July 12th, 2011 5:38 am

    good post, but ‘planking’? lol, i really don’t care about it.. :P i like these YKM posts. good to hear someone else’s point of view on artists tweets & stuff, good to know i’m not the only one thinking hard about these tweets. lol


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