Marcus DiPaola Awkward Girlfriend TikTok Video Escalates into Hilarious Hostage Thriller

When TikTok news anchor Marcus DiPaola decided to introduce his girlfriend to his 2.5 million followers, we doubt he expected to spark such a reaction.

The short video—captioned "Meet Brittany"—begins with DiPaola standing next to his partner, telling the camera: "Today is also my birthday. And because it's my birthday, I get to introduce you to my girlfriend. Who is amazing!"

So far, so normal. Then the clip took on a life of its own when other TikTok users decided to utilize the app's new duet feature, where footage can be tacked onto another clip.

Creative people used the feature to attach individual segments to DiPaola's video in a chain that makes it appear as though Brittney is trapped in a hostage situation.

The full clip was shared to Twitter by @jessicaverdi on May 10, along with the caption: "Stop TikTok-ing. The peak has been reached."

So far the video, which strings all the duets together, has been watched over four million times, and garnered over 130,500 likes.

In the first incarnation of the trend, user @anarchosaladis attaches a clip of a nerf gun being held to Brittany's head, alongside the caption: "Bestie blink twice if you need help."

This is then edited by @themichealspencer, who places a clip featuring the lower half of a person with their hands bound with rope below DiPaola's girlfriend's torso, making it appear as though she is now being held at gunpoint and tied up.

However, it does not stop there, as another TikTok creator, @trapboombap, duets with that video again, standing and gesticulating in a red T-shirt so it looks like he is the other half of DiPaola's body.

Stop TikTok-ing. The peak has been reached. pic.twitter.com/wYZeORAz3M

— JLV (@jessicaverdi) May 10, 2021

Next @kapples10 adds to below the video, filming a pair of hairy legs wearing socks and sandals, with the caption: "Brittney did not skip leg day."

The bonkers footage steps up a notch when TikTok user @theycallmethegreatest pretends to be an FBI officer, holding a TV remote like a gun to a cupboard door, and saying: "FBI, open the door right now and let her go. Release the girl."

Following this @mr.tukua films himself acting as the hostage negotiator, speaking through a makeshift paper cone, saying: "Marcus you don't want to do this, let her go."

As if this wasn't enough, @themikeandmoshow adds his duet, playing the role of a news anchor and telling viewers: "He held his girlfriend hostage, police are outside of his home awaiting negotiation terms."

And finally, the epic 59-secong long clip is completed when @cyborgvibes uploads himself watching the scene unfurl on TV, looking shocked.

This is one of the most creative uses of the duet feature, which was launched last September, that we have seen.

TikTok said at the time: "Duets allow you to build on another user's video on TikTok by recording your own video alongside the original as it plays.

"It's a creative format for interacting with others' videos, building on existing stories, and creating new and unique content in collaboration with creators across the platform."

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A stock image of a woman who's arms are bound by rope. In the viral video, TikTok users turned a video of a man introducing his girlfriend into a fake hostage situation. Getty Images