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British ‘chav’ video big hit on YouTube

A home video by two British teenagers entitled "How to be a Perfect Chav" is proving a big draw on the Internet.
/ Source: Reuters

A home video by two British teenagers entitled "How to be a Perfect Chav" is proving a big draw on the Internet, attracting some 30,000 hits since it was posted on Monday.

Kellie Munckton and Lucy Whiteside from Somerset posted their eight-minute guide on how to get the grungy look of Vicky Pollard, a teenage character in hit TV series "Little Britain," on YouTube.com.

To join the baseball cap-wearing tribe, they scraped back their hair, donned hooded track suits and hit the streets of Chard, flicking V signs at the camera.

At the end of the video Whiteside says: "It has been an enlightening experience to see what a chav has to go through on a daily basis.  Hats off to chavs."

"It was very amusing," Munckton told the BBC. "It's just because there are a lot of chavs around here and we don't feel we are like that."

The chav spoof has attracted far more interest than other films they have posted on the web, even eliciting baffled queries about chavs from the United States.

The two 17-year-olds are now planning a follow-up, possibly on how to get the far more exotic look of another of Britain's youth tribes, the Goths.

The term chav, or chavette, entered the Collins English Dictionary in 2005 as "derogatory British slang describing a young working class person who dresses in casual sports clothes."