A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid
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After reading this Onion interview with Seth McFarlane, I think he's a choad. Which is a shame becuase I actually liked him. The interviewer asking again and again about The Simpsons is one thing and not his fault. However, insisting that your show is very different and then referencing the Simpsons in half your answers thereafter isn't really building your case for you. No wonder the Simpsons people hate you. He also managed to call Michael Crichton "brilliant." So he's obviously moronic.

Apparently my "caring about TV" gene is broken. I saw a commercial the other day for some media/cable/tv... something. HDTV? I don't remember. Anyway, the commercial followed this guy from birth through grandparenthood. Apparently all of the major events in his life were definable by moments on TV. He's a child watching Ed Sullivan. He's a teen watching the moon landing. He's in an army uniform watching footage of Vietnam, etc. etc. Until he is old and wizened and introducing his grandchildren to the joys of television. The voiceover talks about how television is the best reflection of ourselves and how it's been there our whole lives as this incredibly important medium and how we *cherish* television. Then goes on to say how their company is going to continue that proud tradition by bringing quality TV products. Between that and the JC Penney valentine's day commercial I caught the other day I am so disgusted with the media this week.
I had been in the kitchen baking cookies (becuase that's my place) I'd had the TV on but that was only becuase I was watching the end of Are You Being Served while the replay was recording it. I heard this AWFUL remake of 99 Luftballons playing so popped my head around the corner to see what the hell would be using *that* song and it was a commercial for JC Penny's Valentine's day sale. Now, all they were using of the song was the "99 red balloons go by" part... but STILL.
That would be like using that 'she's a brick' song from Ben Folds Five in a Gerber products commercial.

The fact that I have even managed to see two commercials in the past month is pretty amazing in and of itself given how little TV I watch. But honestly, the fact that I found both of them to be SO incredibly offensive and lame isn't all that shocking. How the FUCK do you people watch TV?




You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
Set them free at the break of dawn
'till one by one they were gone
Back at base, sparks in the software
Flash the message "something's out there"
Floating in the summer sky
Ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells, it's red alert
There's something here from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
And focusing it on the sky
The ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine decisions treat
Ninety nine ministers meet
To worry, worry, super scurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we've waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The President is on the line
As Ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine knights of the air
Ride super high-tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero
Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
Ninety nine red balloons go by

As ninety nine red balloons go by

Ninety nine dreams I have had
In every one a red balloon
It's all over and I'm standing pretty
In this dust that was a city
If i could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go
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