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Donald Duck And Glenn Beck Remixed In Cartoon (SLYT)
October 2, 2010 1:54 PM   Subscribe

Right Wing Radio Duck "Donald's life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck. "
posted by Arthur Phillips Jones Jr (52 comments total) 70 users marked this as a favorite

 
Can't watch because I'm playing my radio show off my computer right now, but going by the favorite/comment ratio, this must be really good.
posted by dunkadunc at 2:21 PM on October 2, 2010


That was really well done, nicely plotted and executed. Thanks for posting!
posted by hippybear at 2:25 PM on October 2, 2010


I think I finally understand where my parents are coming from!
posted by vorpal bunny at 2:32 PM on October 2, 2010


Nice combination of well done and well said
posted by found missing at 2:36 PM on October 2, 2010


That was freaking amazing.
posted by mathowie at 2:40 PM on October 2, 2010


Brilliant. Nice job splicing the anti-Wall Street pro-capitalist anti-communist rants back to back.

The illegal immigrant section made me spit cereal on the screen.
posted by benzenedream at 2:40 PM on October 2, 2010


*saves to hard drive awaiting phalanx of Disney / Fox lawyers *
posted by benzenedream at 2:41 PM on October 2, 2010


This is amazing.
And what a sweet happy ending!
A+
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:52 PM on October 2, 2010


And what a sweet happy ending!

Glenn Beck falls down every flight of stairs in the Washington Monument, only to have his left arm ripped off by an alligator at the bottom?
(five minutes and i'm off the air, guys.)
posted by dunkadunc at 2:54 PM on October 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


See also Terence Nowicki's Mallard Swillmore.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:04 PM on October 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


This remix could not have happened to a nicer bunch of people. (And the illegal immigration/race section was laugh-out-loud funny. "Cannibals? CANNIBALS!"
posted by immlass at 3:06 PM on October 2, 2010


That was great!
posted by brundlefly at 3:16 PM on October 2, 2010


So well done it's hard to distinguish the propaganda from the propaganda.
posted by eeeeeez at 3:26 PM on October 2, 2010


Sadly, the end was wishful thinking. Beck's audience doesn't see him pointing at them and saying "Get a job!" they see him pointing at some brown person who's too lazy to do it, and who is also responsible for the unemployed among Beck's audience being unable to find work because he's stealing all the jobs. They won't shoot Beck, they'll shoot whoever Beck tells them to shoot.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 3:40 PM on October 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Brilliant!
posted by chillmost at 4:01 PM on October 2, 2010


Fantastic, but I wish they'd bandpass-filtered the Beck samples a little bit to make it fit the rest of the audio or sound like a 1950s radio or something.
posted by Xezlec at 4:27 PM on October 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Amazing! Colossal!! Stupendous!!!
posted by hexatron at 4:27 PM on October 2, 2010


There's nothing "right wing" about Glenn Beck. He's a centre-right social democrat who claims the mantle of the Civil Rights Movement. The only reason hipsters hate him is is opposition to the Democrats.
posted by Yakuman at 4:42 PM on October 2, 2010


(Wow, are we really bringing hipsters into a conversation about Glenn Beck?)
posted by mykescipark at 4:46 PM on October 2, 2010


There's nothing "right wing" about Glenn Beck. He's a centre-right social democrat who claims the mantle of the Civil Rights Movement. The only reason hipsters hate him is is opposition to the Democrats.
posted by Yakuman at 4:42 PM on October 2


Ha.
posted by Sreiny at 4:54 PM on October 2, 2010 [8 favorites]


There's nothing "right wing" about Glenn Beck. He's a centre-right social democrat who claims the mantle of the Civil Rights Movement.

Yeah, kind of like those 9/11 guys claimed the mantle of those planes.

The only reason hipsters hate him is is opposition to the Democrats.

Wow, you've sure got those pesky hipsters nailed. Now that you've cleared that up, tell me: Why does everyone else hate him, hmm?
posted by Sys Rq at 4:56 PM on October 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


If one were to call Glenn Beck a "social democrat" to his face he would laugh until he cried, assuming he was not already crying.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 4:59 PM on October 2, 2010 [14 favorites]


Damn you for making me sympathetic to hipsters.
posted by found missing at 5:02 PM on October 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


I enjoyed that immensely and laughed like a hyena but still I am dissapoint.
posted by Iron Rat at 5:33 PM on October 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


There's nothing "right wing" about Glenn Beck. He's a centre-right social democrat who claims the mantle of the Civil Rights Movement. The only reason hipsters hate him is is opposition to the Democrats.

Good one! Now call Obama an anti-colonialist!
posted by EarBucket at 5:44 PM on October 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


There's nothing "right wing" about Glenn Beck. He's a centre-right social democrat...

*spits out drink in a continuous stream for 10 minutes*
*opens mouth, tries to form words, fails*
*passes out*
posted by Xezlec at 5:54 PM on October 2, 2010 [7 favorites]


Yeah, um, a social democrat is not centre-right, first of all. (Try far left. We're Socialists, ffs!) There may well be a social democrat Glenn Beck in a parallel universe; he probably has a goatee.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:04 PM on October 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


The video is amazing. The best piece of satire I've seen since Stephen Colbert addressed the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
posted by EarBucket at 6:05 PM on October 2, 2010


The only reason hipsters hate him is is opposition to the Democrats.

no, it's because of his ranting at pitchfork for failing to review lynyrd skynyrd's "god and guns"
posted by pyramid termite at 6:18 PM on October 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Donald unemployed? Isn't he supposed to be in the navy or something? Isn't that why he wears that sailor suit, and the reason he was absent during Duck Tales? Hmmm, something's not quite right here...
posted by Effigy2000 at 6:38 PM on October 2, 2010


So the solution is to shoot Beck with a shotgun?
posted by Burhanistan at 7:02 PM on October 2, 2010


Don't feed the troll.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:35 PM on October 2, 2010


Since quonsar is no longer here to point this out, I'll have to: You don't feed trolls, they feed you when you take their bait. Don't take their bait.
posted by found missing at 7:40 PM on October 2, 2010


Or, more precisely, they hook you and reel you into the boat.
posted by found missing at 7:45 PM on October 2, 2010


Jimmy Havok: Beck's audience doesn't see him pointing at them and saying "Get a job!" they see him pointing at some brown person who's too lazy to do it, and who is also responsible for the unemployed among Beck's audience being unable to find work because he's stealing all the jobs. They won't shoot Beck, they'll shoot whoever Beck tells them to shoot.

Nah, Beck's not gonna tell them to shoot anyone. He's only interested in selling them gold.
posted by joedan at 8:45 PM on October 2, 2010


I keep hoping that Beck stays a cynical huckster. He could be way too dangerous if he takes the step up to genuine demagogue. So far he doesn't seem driven enough to make the jump.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 9:30 PM on October 2, 2010


You're right, he doesn't seem driven enough. But then again, why would he be? He's making $32 million a year.
posted by joedan at 9:45 PM on October 2, 2010


No genuine demagague would tell his followers stories about visiting the vatican and being told that he's doing God's work.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:06 PM on October 2, 2010


Beck's not a demagogue, he's a crazypants. He just happens to strike a chord with the crazypants that lives just under the veneer of so many Americans, including the guy down the street from you with the gun cabinet.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:10 PM on October 2, 2010


You have to be sincere to be crazy. Beck is a performer. If he's crazy, it's only in his willingness to stroke the cock of Crazytown America for money.
posted by dephlogisticated at 12:47 AM on October 3, 2010


That was GOLD. Absolutely fantastic.

That is all.
posted by the cydonian at 1:36 AM on October 3, 2010


Beck's not a demagogue, he's a crazypants

I don't think he's that either. He's the Lady Gaga of Right Wing Radio. What he says, does and actually believes are likely three different things entirely.

He's built a persona and a schtick that makes gold almost as easily as if people sent it in. If it pays to propagate views as outlandish and absurd as Gaga's outfits, then it pays Beck to be the one doing it.
posted by MuffinMan at 3:53 AM on October 3, 2010


I'm sure this is a great, hilarious remix (judging by the comments) but I just couldn't get further than 30 seconds or so into it before I had to stop. Just hearing Beck's craziness in small snippets is enough to drive me away and kill my day, if only because I have in-laws who listen to him religiously and take take the guy deadly seriously.

He may well be an entertainer and huckster, but far too many people around my neck of the woods take his shtick seriously. "Seriously", as in "the godless death-panel socialists have captured our God-fearing Christian country and we must do something...anything". And, I'm not entirely convinced that that isn't the response he intends. Or, at the very least, the response his masters intend.

If all one were after is eyeballs and rating for your sponsors, there are myriad easier, safer, saner ways of getting it and profiting hugely.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:06 AM on October 3, 2010


He's built a persona and a schtick that makes gold almost as easily as if people sent it in. If it pays to propagate views as outlandish and absurd as Gaga's outfits, then it pays Beck to be the one doing it.

And really, I wonder why there's more angst against him than against, say--every advertising outfit, or lawyer, or corporate executive in the universe. The only thing our culture really rewards in any concrete way is saying what needs to be said/doing what needs to be done to make money. I feel that the response would be "but people take him seriously!"--and yet, if lawyers, advertisers, and those who engage in corporate PR (to be clear, those components probably make up a majority of all the information extant each day) did not expect to be taken seriously, were not being taken seriously where it matters for them to be successful, they wouldn't be doing what they do and making so much money doing it. Just about every television program ever made--every magazine article, every newspaper blurb, every news program, (and nowadays more and more websites)--existed solely to generate a media for advertising. That's not an indictment.

The moral assumption, I guess, that leads to his dislike is that people are supposed to believe what they preach. Looking closely, though, what people genuinely believe or know doesn't usually pass a very high bar to reach that status. I'm not sure honesty is particularly useful in our society.

Critical thinking is the problem. Doublethink isn't even a thing when think in the first place is so broken. Hating Glenn Beck in particular means ignoring the principles that make him profitable. I realize that this argument is not particularly new or insightful, but neither is the realization that

Almost nobody who makes money communicating is going to actually believe what they are saying, or hold what they are saying to any particular bar of truth

beyond, of course--marketability, liability, marginal consistency, and audience compatibility. I don't think it's terribly flattering that people only seem to call out the people with whom they disagree as disingenuous. Both in society at large and, on occasion, even here at Metafilter. If you're not paying, you're the product--but either way, if you're hearing it, it's probably because somebody was paid to tell it to you.
posted by Phyltre at 9:36 AM on October 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Almost nobody who makes money communicating is going to actually believe what they are saying, or hold what they are saying to any particular bar of truth

I think this is unduly pessimistic. It's obvious that if monetary reward is your prime goal, then adapting your message to what people want to hear and are willing to pay for will happen (e.g. the prosperity gospel). If your entire media universe consists of advertising-supported media and watching paid talking heads from "think tanks", this is mostly the case today. But there's a whole world of science, engineering, and other academic studies where people spend years to find a single grain of fact that can be tested against reality.

but either way, if you're hearing it, it's probably because somebody was paid to tell it to you.

Unless you actually looked for the information yourself, rather than waited passively for someone to stuff their version down your throat, foie gras style.
posted by benzenedream at 11:23 AM on October 3, 2010


"But there's a whole world of science, engineering, and other academic studies where people spend years to find a single grain of fact that can be tested against reality."

Yes, of course. But how many can you link me to right now that would be readable and accessible to someone who doesn't have a background in scientific inquiry or a university library card? Has JSTOR really gotten easier for non-academics to access?

Now, I haven't done any studies on the matter myself--and this will be a dive into anecdata--but I'm guessing that

"your entire media universe consists of advertising-supported media and watching paid talking heads from 'think tanks'"

will apply to an overwhelming majority of human beings living inside the US right now. In fact, right now among people I know, I can't think of anyone for whom that is not the case. I do not know of a single other person who has done any reading from a scientific journal in the past several years. And, during my time at college, I didn't meet anyone who I knew to actually read (or rather, absorb) said scientific data--barring, perhaps, a few instructors.

The scientific community--heck, the roadies attendant to the scientific community cheering them on included--is vanishingly small when laid aside the swath of general populace. I posit that I am not unduly pessimistic by any meaningful measure that addresses the general populace. "Almost nobody," indeed.
posted by Phyltre at 12:25 PM on October 3, 2010


Glenn Beck responds. (Youtube)
posted by milkweed at 9:37 PM on October 5, 2010


This is Your Brain on Glenn Beck
posted by homunculus at 10:28 AM on October 7, 2010




if you're hearing it, it's probably because somebody was paid to tell it to you.

That doesn't mean they don't believe it. If you think truth must be provided pro bono, go on down to Hyde Park.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 9:28 PM on October 8, 2010


I just realized something funny about Beck's response. Does he not know what the phrase "fair use" means?

Put aside the question of whether this video is actually fair use. He keeps saying (sarcastically, maybe?), "Apparently Disney doesn't have a problem with this" in the same breath as saying it's covered by fair use. Which makes me think he doesn't know what fair use is at all.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:17 PM on October 9, 2010 [1 favorite]




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