Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Talk to the Hand

Others will, I am sure, say funnier things about the Big Hollywood Sesame Street Freakout, but

A. I wanted to be the first to say "Talk to the hand."
B. The most entertaining part is that the freakout appears to be over the proper form a joke should take, not that it was made.

Last week, in a re-broadcast of an episode that originally aired two years ago, Oscar starts his own news network, GNN (Grouchy News Network). An irate viewer calls in to berate him that the news is not grouchy enough:

“I am changing the channel. From now on I am watching ‘Pox’ News. Now there is a trashy news show.”
"HA! Here is the smear!" you say, outraged that Sesame Street would make a joke no four-year-old will give a shit about. But wait!
Later in the episode, Anderson Cooper from 4th place CNN, guest stars as a reporter for GNN. He interacts with “Walter Cranky” and “Dan Rather-Not” — Muppets representing real-life liberal news personalities — and they talk about “Meredith Beware-a” and “Diane Spoiler.” But no affectionate nicknames for Fox News personalities; no Spill O’Reilly or Brittle Hume — nope, and the only disparaging characterization of real-world news is reserved for Fox: Fox is a POX. It is trashy. They didn’t even attempt to try “MessyNBC.”
Now Sesame Street is in trouble for not making the appropriate kind of fun of figures on Fox, also a move doomed to be missed by even the most attentive tot.

At some point a photoshop is warranted I guess. Imagine one of these with limbless or headless bleeding muppets according to your preference.


mikey said...


Really? Damn, I think I've got that.

Here, look at this...

herr doktor bimler said...

I am objectively pro-crustes.

ckc (not kc) said...

Procrustean rhyme is a form of enjambment wherein words are split to create rhymes for ordinarily unrhymable words, as in "The four eng- / ineers / wore orange / brassieres."

...aah, enjambment!

Another Kiwi said...

It is important, when making a joke, to have it cleared by the Bug-eyed Hollywood censors. Failure to get jokes properly certified may result in humour manifestations. Which should be avoided in the BH universe.
Not only is important to have the content of the joke scrutinized but is almost as important, some would say more important, to scrutinize the external content of the joke i.e. what is not in the joke.
It is only through constant vigilance that the twin evils of socialism: heresy, revisionism and tax and spend, the quarternary evils of socialism, can be guarded against.
Egin eers wear purple brassieres where I come from, mister.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It should also be noted that careful documentation and underwriting of jokes is very important in the event that a joke is not funny.

The paper trail will provide clues as to who is responsible, so that they might be punished and thereby learn to be funnier in the future.

herr doktor bimler said...

...aah, enjambment!
This is a technical term used in Humour Studies 301 for "slamming your dick in the door".

herr doktor bimler said...

Being objectively pro-crusties does not mean that I advocate living on a diet of Diamond White cider and Carlsberg Special Brew, though it's always worked for me.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Herr Doktor, I thought you meant pro-krusty.

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

My favourite part is still when he gets all "...…by the way, why SHOULD I change the channel? This is MY channel, I’m paying for it!"

I imagine specks of spittle shooting from the froth around his mouth as he yells "I pay your salary!" to the cops as they drag him away.

Anyways, as cruel as it is, I am pro-crustacean.

Substance McGravitas said...

My favourite part is still when he gets all "...…by the way, why SHOULD I change the channel? This is MY channel, I’m paying for it!"

You have to wait a whole fucking week to see Monica Crowley.

Rusty Shackleford said...

As NY-23 was just laying the groundwork for Florida, attacking Sesame Street is just the warm-up for stomping on kitten heads.

herr doktor bimler said...

Anyways, as cruel as it is, I am pro-crustacean.
Can't argue with that.

Substance McGravitas said...

stomping on kitten heads