Sometimes you stumble upon a piece of art so meaningful, you wonder how and why you lived so long without it. Other times, works of art are so baffling, all you can do is wonder … why? Bohemian Rhapsody is a song so iconic, it’s remained a beloved piece of pop culture for nearly half a century. It’s appeared in movies, TV shows, and karaoke bars for decades, and received more than its fair share of parodies. But never like this. The all-cat parody of Bohemian Rhapsody is a full 5 and a half minutes of kitty kookiness – and honestly, it’s freaking meowt a little.
A New Zealand YouTuber named Shirley Șerban fills her channel with original parodies of iconic tunes. Cats are a recurring theme in Shirley’s videos, appearing in classics such as “All I Knead,” “You’re In My Chair,” and now, their magnum opurs – “Bohemian Catsody – A Rhapsody Parody Song for Every Cat Queen and King!”
The YouTuber’s reimagined version of Queen’s unforgettable 1975 hit features, obviously, a whole lot of cats. Four floating cat heads, a callback to the original music video (which used humans, do I have to clarify), perform the song in its entirety. Sort of. The four cats, Boo, Sweetie, Griffin, and Stripey Superstar, receive some sort of computer-generated assistance to make it look as though their mouths are actually singing the lyrics.
As the kitty quartet sings their haunting song, cat owners find themselves transfixed. Not only does the entire 5 minutes and 30 seconds feel like some sort of fever dream, but it’s also pretty freaking accurate. The cats sing about their complete disregard for humans’ privacy, their unconventional ways of showing affection, and the idea that we exist only to serve them. Typical cat stuff.
“Cats are royalty. We are their willing servants,” Shirley wrote in the video’s description. At this point, all 3.6 million people who’ve watched the video are increasingly suspicious that it came directly from their own cats.
“Bohemian Catsody” is as entertaining as it is strange, as creative as it is utterly baffling. It’s well worth 5-ish minutes, but maybe make sure your doors are closed so Freddie Pur-cury doesn’t give your cat any ideas.