464: RBA

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RBA
This is a story all about how I started drinking.
Title text: This is a story all about how I started drinking.

[edit] Explanation

A "Bel-Air" is an internet meme where a poster on a message board starts a post on a serious topic, but partway through the post switches to repeating the lyrics to the opening theme song of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", a 1990s sitcom starring Will Smith (previously known in his rapping career as the "Fresh Prince") as a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia who has been sent to live with his affluent and stuffy Aunt and Uncle in Bel Air, Los Angeles by his mother as a consequence of a single altercation with a couple of no-good guys who were making trouble in his previous neighbourhood.

Megan in the comic reverses the traditional arrangement by starting the conversation with a recitation of the lyrics to said theme song, and then switching partway through to a very serious discussion of the status of their relationship culminating in a break up.

The lyrics goes like this

Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-air

The title RBA is an acronym for Reverse Bel-Air.

[edit] Transcript

[Megan walks up to Cueball pouring himself a drink.]
Megan: Now, this is a story all about how
Megan: My life got flipped turned upside down
Megan: And I'd like to take a minute
Megan: Just sit right there
Megan: I'll tell you how I became uncertain about our relationship. I think you just like having a girlfriend, it doesn't matter who.
Megan: I think we should break up.
The reverse Bel-Air only works once, so make it something unforgettable.
[Cut to dropped glass, drink spilled on ground.]
Cueball: ...wait, seriously?
Megan: Yeah.
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Discussion

I can't find any reference for the title "RBA". What does it mean?--Dgbrt (talk) 16:32, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

Reverse Bel-Air 83.186.30.214 22:00, 19 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks, we should explain that. Not all people here are from the US, like me.--Dgbrt (talk) 22:16, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Please enter discussions here.--Dgbrt (talk) 21:06, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

OK, but why have they disappeared off stage? And why is the cup dropped? Psb777 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
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