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March 20, 2007 12:06 AM   Subscribe

Frenchman caught in the act [in french].
posted by pwedza (28 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: "I can't believe I've just spent five minutes watching a video of a man shitting on a plate." -- cortex



 
I don't think it would be amusing even if I understood French.

We should start a betting pool on how long crappy FPPs like this will last. I guess it all depends on how quick our three intrepid mods are.

I give this one 45 minutes tops.
posted by zardoz at 12:15 AM on March 20, 2007


We should be so lucky. Cardinal Howie and his Archbishops are abed. It could be hours before this is exorcised, and the perpetrators will probably never be excommunicated.
posted by grobstein at 12:22 AM on March 20, 2007


"humour canal" indeed.
posted by sklero at 12:23 AM on March 20, 2007


Oh <IMG> I miss you so much.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:24 AM on March 20, 2007


Je ne sais pas.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:24 AM on March 20, 2007


I don't speak French, so please excuse my ignorance of the language. But as someone who's watched TV for 35 odd years, I think I recognize some familiar narrative shapes here. Average guy, caught in embarassing situation involving poop. Said Poop, which on its own is hilariously earthy within the confines of the culture the TV show is marketed to, is made to appear deeply profane to a culture TV show is not marketed to. (Some symbolism affoot I didn't catch, perhaps.) Ridiculous conflict ensues that validates the earthy humor of the marketed audience at the expense of the 'touchy' outsiders. Group-hugs for the deserving. The End.

Maybe I'm wrong. Translation for the monolingual?
posted by maryh at 12:40 AM on March 20, 2007


C'est ne pas un bon post.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:46 AM on March 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


[c'est merde]
posted by fandango_matt at 12:57 AM on March 20, 2007


He needed this.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 1:01 AM on March 20, 2007


...profane to a culture TV show is not marketed to. (Some symbolism affoot I didn't catch, perhaps.)


He shat in a tagine, therefore offending North African muslims, as far as I can tell. Which, for mine, makes the gag itself fairly offensive.
posted by achilles_hunt at 1:08 AM on March 20, 2007


Le meilleur du web? Sûrement pas.
posted by martinrebas at 1:10 AM on March 20, 2007


Ca pu ici. Fecher la vache.
posted by smcniven at 1:19 AM on March 20, 2007


Nul. à. chier.
posted by Wolof at 1:20 AM on March 20, 2007


NTM.
posted by phaedon at 1:29 AM on March 20, 2007


That was a really well done piece of shit.

I didn't laugh, exactly, but I appreciated the production values.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:42 AM on March 20, 2007


OMG he took a dump in the street and those crazy A-rabs went flippin' nuts—as usual, amirite?
posted by stopgap at 1:45 AM on March 20, 2007


The commentary says there is a fatwa being made(? announced? perpetrated?) but it's hard to say what's real here. Less reconstitution and more actuel si voue plait!
posted by CCBC at 2:15 AM on March 20, 2007


Not that I expect this to last...but here goes:

Essentially his "receptacle" was a Moroccan Tajine pot which somehow leads to the Salman Rushdie-esque fatwa. The only way that the fatwa will be called off is if repeats the same act in a fondue pot. And of course he flatly refuses.

Everything else is pretty self-explanatory.
posted by timelord at 2:25 AM on March 20, 2007


But it was funny - (I speak French) - not crazy funny, but heh-heh-ha funny. Very (well maybe not very) underplayed, and kind of casually going over the top.

Maybe knowing the tone of the commentary (which was very matter of fact quasi-journalist) helped, as the tone of the piece was a big part of the humor.
posted by From Bklyn at 2:32 AM on March 20, 2007


Hahaha, yes I confess i liked it! (humor is always a good way to address a social problem)
Then again, it had poop in it & I grew up this being my fav. tv-moment
posted by borq at 2:39 AM on March 20, 2007


The only way that the fatwa will be called off is if (he) repeats the same act in a fondue pot. And of course he flatly refuses.

Aha! That actually makes it a bit more of a statement on universal human intolerance and boundaries, doesn't it? I mean, of course the parody was poking fun at perceived knee-jerk intolerance among Muslims, but the Frenchman, with his impassioned "Never! Never!" is displaying a similar face. He's displaying his own culturally-dictated absolute limits on what is acceptable or not. For me, this seems an important point: I think the video is poking fun at him, too.

I also found it amusing that the guy taking a dump in the street was, of course, caught on 1) a cell phone camera, 2) a video camera from an upstairs neighbor and 3) a satellite surveillance system that zeroed right in on his little Parisian street to catch him in the act. This commentary on surveillance society (both on the individual and governmental level) was something that also, for me, helped redeem this little clip.

I dunno, my own opinion is that folks might be being a little too harsh in their criticisms of this post. It's no work of genius, this clip, but I don't think it's completely without merit. I've seen dumber things linked to on the blue without this kind of outcry.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 2:44 AM on March 20, 2007


Metafilter: Effet mouche à merde.
posted by furtive at 3:35 AM on March 20, 2007


It must be a tribute to the Journée internationale de la Francophonie!
posted by rom1 at 3:42 AM on March 20, 2007


Hey guys, none of it is real. Nothing. No fatwa, no riots in the streets, no refusal to crap in a fondue pot, no changing hotel every few days for the last 6 months, nothing.

Groland is a fictional country used to parody France in satirical psedo-news programs, of which, this was one.

(give away: have you ever seen a camerphone photo that good!)
posted by nielm at 3:44 AM on March 20, 2007


nielm, with the possible exception of CCBC I'm pretty sure everyone commenting so far is aware that this is a parody. The Groland link is good, though, thanks for that.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:49 AM on March 20, 2007


zardoz writes: We should start a betting pool on how long crappy FPPs like this will last... I give this one 45 minutes tops.

One might've thought that this quote ("despoiling the sacred halls of MeFi", indeed!), which happens to come from your own post (and such an excellent one!) would indicate that you are someone who'd be well advised to pause and reconsider before you start calling for betting pools on crappy posts.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:25 AM on March 20, 2007


I can't believe I've just spent five minutes watching a video of a man shitting on a plate. Even if it's a comedy sketch, this really stretches the old "Best of the Web" MeFi branding.
posted by humblepigeon at 5:11 AM on March 20, 2007


I thought by now someone would be demanding equal time for the peeing elephants.
posted by konolia at 5:38 AM on March 20, 2007


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