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April 17, 2001 4:52 PM   Subscribe

How to smash babies in public restrooms across America. Yet another site in the fine tradition of Bonsai Kitten.
posted by Spanktacular (19 comments total)

 
really. not. funny.

maybe if there hadn't been that rash of abandoned infants in the last few years.... nah.

it's just not funny.

rcb
posted by rebeccablood at 5:01 PM on April 17, 2001


Yeah, I've usually got a pretty twisted sense of humor and I found that very unfunny.
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 5:34 PM on April 17, 2001


Man. I thought it was hilarious. Especially that part about putting those stickers on the baby changing stations IRL. I'd like to see someone's face in the man's room of the mall as they walked past that thing and realized what it was...

I can't help but find this stuff funny. I grew up on Monty Python and Airplane movies...
posted by Spanktacular at 6:12 PM on April 17, 2001


It could be a funny idea, if it weren't half warnings that it's not for real and ploys to get you to buy their t-shirts...
posted by dagnyscott at 6:44 PM on April 17, 2001


Of course, Monty Python and Airplane are clearly fiction.

I'm in favor of clear disclaimers -- just to cut down on the hatemail and misunderstandings.

It's a fine line between clever and stupid.
posted by artlung at 6:48 PM on April 17, 2001


lame...
but then I'm a "concerned parent" these days.

I might have liked it when I was 15.
posted by lagado at 7:36 PM on April 17, 2001


Puh-lease. You people are too sensitive. If people are so stupid they can't tell that this is a joke, then I sincerely hope that their stupidity one day gets them killed.
posted by Spanktacular at 7:39 PM on April 17, 2001


Wait Spank, are you being ironic, or serious with your hope that people die?

I'm too sensitive and stupid to tell the difference.

[Tone-indicating emoticon intentionally withheld]
posted by artlung at 7:48 PM on April 17, 2001


When someone actually DOES squish a baby, is someone going to post a link to that too?
posted by bunnyfire at 8:18 PM on April 17, 2001


Yeah, what about the kids?
posted by anildash at 10:14 PM on April 17, 2001


If anything kills the humor its the "buy our junk" plea that happens to be the first sentance. This could have been a great little culture-jammer if I saw it in the bathroom instead on a commercial website with a parent-friendly disclaimer. Its kind of like admitting "Freedom of speech isn't something we really have for unpopular expression."

Really reminds me of the midget from the Illuminatis Trilogy who would put up confusing non-sensical signs in public like "gasoline cannot be taken out of state" at border gas stations.

Defend the right to say something you disgree with? Naww, some MeFi'ers prefer dummy stickers and warnings for an obvious satirical website. Its funny to see lefties behave like this.
posted by skallas at 1:27 AM on April 18, 2001


Well, Leftie...I mean, artlung. I do think ironic covers it best. You have my condolences on being too sensitive and stupid to tell the difference.
posted by Spanktacular at 3:14 AM on April 18, 2001


I'm not one to complain about dark humor, but I have to admit as a parent of two I had to fight my natural warm, fuzzy breeder feelings in order to appreciate that site. They really do look like baby smashers.
posted by rcade at 7:25 AM on April 18, 2001


can we cut the insults spanktacular? you think it's funny, lots of folks here don't. everyone who doesn't agree with you is stupid? what's the big deal?

skallas, who said anything about freedom of expression and its defense? is this site under attack by government forces threatening to shut it down? and is no one speaking up?

get a grip. I don't like the site for the same reason I don't like those wassup commercials: it's not funny.

rcb
posted by rebeccablood at 10:02 AM on April 18, 2001


Wow.. so my site got linked here...

suggestions to make it funnier are more than welcome.. think I should move the disclaimer? tone down any of the text? Lots of "poo poo" feedback, but no real ideas...

Of course we want to sell some stickers (moreso than the tshirts really.. those were added via cafepress by popular demand) -- we want to see them up all over america!

email suggestions to me at feedback@babysmasher.com (or hate mail, that's fine too...)
posted by twiggy at 12:16 PM on April 18, 2001


Rebecca, dearest. I was only replying with a quote of artlung's own self-deprecating humor. Lighten up. I'm the one who's experiencing a number of people jumping up my ass because of a site I linked here. Pardon the Hell outta me for being a bit defensive...
posted by Spanktacular at 5:23 PM on April 18, 2001


Wait, now I'm not the sensitive one? Now it looks like Spank is the ultra-sensitive one.

I'd like to point out that online, things are easily misunderstood, and if you make a joke likely to be misunderstood (like, say a joke site about maiming children or animals), you should consider the misunderstandings likely to result, and perhaps make an effort to deflect them.

Just as I need to take care lest my words be misunderstood, I think these parody sites should do likewise. Does it dull the joke so much to include a clear disclaimer?

I say if your humor can't take a little disclaimer, it's not that funny to begin with.

I'll say again though, that I'm super-pro free speech and would never suggest enforcing by law these kind of rules.

But there are those who would, and I think a little simple responsibility goes a long way. The analogy I'd use is the "you're not allowed to yell 'fire' in a crowded theatre." It would be very easy to see courts apply similar standards to websites.

This is why I would *personally* gently urge "extreme humor" sites to play it carefully. If the great, unwashed masses decide there's too much of this stuff online, they just might get it in their head to fund all kinds of draconian censor-happy net-cops who will end up stifling discourse on the net. We have enough thought police as it is.

And that, is my very inefficient point.
posted by artlung at 7:00 PM on April 18, 2001


Lots of "poo poo" feedback, but no real ideas...

Think up your own damn ideas. POO!
posted by amanda at 7:07 PM on April 18, 2001


Does it dull the joke so much to include a clear disclaimer?

Yes.
posted by rcade at 9:09 PM on April 19, 2001


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