Alison Gold's Chinese Food
is the latest "pop" "hit" out of ARK Music to be making the rounds, following the footsteps of Nicole Westbrook's It's Thanksgiving
and, of course, Rebecca Black's Friday
. Beyond its hilariously forced lyrics and meter, which are par for the course, Chinese Food is being roundly criticized
for being more than a little bit racist
—and its racism is hardly culturally accurate, either: subtitles are shown throughout the song which shift to a number of different non-Chinese languages, including Hebrew and Arabic, and the song's climax includes a number of women dressed as geishas. But ARK Music's Patrice Wilson, aka Fat Usher
, is more self-aware than he's sometimes given credit for, and his music comes close to Tim and Eric territory at times (Eric Wareheim's music videos
have also been called out for dealing with race in highly problematic ways
). In a little-seen but very funny response to Friday, his song Happy
, Wilson lampoons both his own approach to songwriting, and the response Friday received afterwards. Another Alison Gold song produced by Wilson and ARK, Skip Rope
by "Tweenchronic", that might be the proof that ARK is cleverer and more deliberate in its approach than its millions of anti-fans recognize. (Wilson was interviewed by Gawker
and the LA Times
in the wake of Friday; his recent defense of Chinese Food
was either disingenuous or really dumb, depending on how much credit you're willing to give him.)
posted by Rory Marinich
on Oct 18, 2013 -
Revelations From Running For Congress
Steve Packard writes a blog called "Depleted Cranium," which debunks bad science in the media. Last spring he decided to run for Congress on a "Science-based" platform. It was ultimately a heartbreaking experience for him and he had to quit, as he'd run out of money for food. He has a pretty great post up summing up his experiences now. And at this point probably wouldn't mind if you donated a couple of cans of beans.
posted by proscriptus
on Oct 15, 2012 -
Last Sunday, Comic Book Men premiered on AMC, sliding right into the time slot right after the comic book-based Walking Dead series. It's a reality show masterminded by filmmaker and occasional comic book writer Kevin Smith that follows four employees at his New Jersey comic book shop, the Secret Stash, as they deal with the world of comics retail. If the intent is to show comic shop employees as anything other than obnoxious walking sterotypes, it's a complete failure. If, however, it's meant to be the most compelling argument I've ever seen for never setting foot in a comic book store, I have to admit that it's a smashing success.
- Chris Sims reviews Comic Book Men
. Remember, no chicks allowed
posted by Artw
on Feb 16, 2012 -
Breaking Bad Remix // POV Compilation
You know those point-of-view shots from inanimate objects in Breaking Bad (e.g., pan, bathtub, pizza, shovel, floor)? As a fan of the show, I feel a bit ambivalent about these shots. Stylistic flourish? Representative of paranoia? A distraction? But I like this video.
posted by jacknose
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Early in 1903, the success
of the New York production of the musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz
got composer Victor Herbert and librettist Glen MacDonough thinking. They thought that it might be possible to duplicate that success by applying a Christmas theme to Baum's story and then sprinkling in a few Mother Goose characters. Later that year the resulting show, Babes in Toyland
, was a rousing success
. Thirty years later it was made into a movie
starring two of the greatest motion picture actors of the era, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, produced by Hal Roach
. But this post isn't about either of those productions; it's about the worst
production. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Dec 17, 2010 -
“What is this thing supposed to be? Damned if I even know. It weighs about 6 pounds and it is a horse with seven different dogs painted on it. I don’t own dogs or cats, I’m allergic to them. And I have never been on a horse in my lifetime." Celebrate the holidays with Why Did You Buy Me That.
Or why not check out this (Previously
) to get even more inspiration?
posted by mippy
on Nov 10, 2010 -
It's a nice day for a KRULL WEDDING.
Back in 1983, a dozen lucky couples were married as a promotion for the 1983 scifi swashbuckler Krull. This is weird enough, but what's even more baffling is that Columbia Pictures scheduled this wedding before Krull even came out.
posted by Strawman
on Aug 19, 2010 -
These are all the Twinkie Denial Conditions described in my “Bad Game Designer, No Twinkie!” Designer’s Notebook columns. Each one is an egregious design error, although many of them have appeared in otherwise great games.
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 24, 2010 -
It was the 80's. We were younger then, and anything seemed possible. So it all seemed part of Destiny when my very first screenplay was bought and produced; fame and fortune was surely just around the corner. HA! Fat chance.
- The making of Forever Evil
posted by Artw
on Oct 4, 2008 -
for your delectation
are the Web Flash Festival 2008 finalists
and winners. I know we are supposed to post the best of the web. I know we are not supposed to editorialise. But… but… CRIKEY! Even the best is execrable. What's going on in the Flash world? [requires flash]
posted by tellurian
on Jun 24, 2008 -
Bad Gift Emporium
. Can't stand to look at that glittery unicorn statue from Aunt Ethel any longer? Can't bear to wear the hand-knitted sweater from Grandma Agnes (made from her own cat's hair)? Want to offer your horrific gift items to people who can truly appreciate them, or just share the misery? The Bad Gift Emporium is for you.
posted by amyms
on Mar 19, 2008 -
All hail 70s-era Shatner! He began his career with some rather prestigious projects, appearing in The Brothers Karamazov
and Judgment at Nuremberg
, as well as some rather high profile appearance in Twilight Zone
and Alfred Hitchcock Presents
. But even then, there were hints of exploitation, such as 1961's The Explosive Generation
, in which Shatner played a teacher whose job is endangered when she speaks candidly to kids about sex
. And there was 1962's The Intruder
, a Roger Corman film from 1963 in which Shatner played a carpetbagging racist inciting violence in a southern town
) And, of course, there was Incubus
from 1965, a horror film in Esperanto
.) But, after Star Trek
, at the start of the 70s, something went haywire. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie
on Nov 16, 2007 -
Radar picks the worst colleges in America.
At least one of the picks is rather dubious, although I suppose being the "worst" Ivy League is a position of some note, and another one of the picks was where my school's valedictorian went. Either way, it's always nice to see the Moonies somersaulting into otherwise non-Moonie related stories.
posted by Sticherbeast
on Aug 27, 2007 -