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Street Boners is Gavin Mcinnes', (co-founder and author of Vice magazine's DOs and DON'Ts) current project after splitting with Vice.
posted by Count (31 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm 45.
I want to understand.
Please translate.
posted by Dizzy at 6:04 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]

I don't get this either. What's going on here?

Is what these people are wearing supposed to be so stupid that we're supposed to laugh at them?
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 6:09 PM on April 16, 2008

I'm 23.
I don't get it either. Is there something to get? After watching the Carson Daly video*, I think I see what the point of the site is. It's just that it's not funny.
posted by gauchodaspampas at 6:11 PM on April 16, 2008

So what IS the point, gauchodaspampas?
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 6:12 PM on April 16, 2008

Haha! Hey! Haha! That one guy has a bike! Haha!
posted by katillathehun at 6:13 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]

I think it's about being a sad asshole with a website.
posted by space2k at 6:17 PM on April 16, 2008 [2 favorites]

lupus, I think the point of it is this unfunny guy trying to poke fun at people he thinks (rightfully so) look dumb. It's just that... he's unfunny. I dunno. Watch the video. He's a royal douche bag who tries to be too over the top. And where does it get him? Carson Daly. But hey, I guess that's more than I can say for myself.

And what space2k said.
posted by gauchodaspampas at 6:19 PM on April 16, 2008

OK, that's enough for me.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:19 PM on April 16, 2008

I'm immortal. I don't want to understand. Make it go away.
posted by Cardinal Fang! at 6:21 PM on April 16, 2008

So that's why the DOs and DON'Ts have been so uninspired lately.
posted by bunnytricks at 6:33 PM on April 16, 2008

I'm immortal. I don't want to understand. Make it go away.

Just wait it out, man, just wait it out.
posted by jedicus at 6:34 PM on April 16, 2008

I've been keeping an eye on this site for a while, but it hasn't really impressed me. The best content has been links to in-depth articles from other sources.

Except for this, with Bob Odenkirk. It's really very funny, play both YouTube videos at the same time and listen to Bob give commentary on a ridiculous Hillary Clinton rally sing a long.
posted by yellowbinder at 6:50 PM on April 16, 2008

If there was a photo of a guy walking around with broken elastic boxers, I would laugh. But there isn't.
posted by Brocktoon at 7:00 PM on April 16, 2008

there should be a pulitzer for web commentary. I nominate:

# Loomis Says:
04.11.08 at 9:52 am

White girls can get real pretty but there’s something about East Indian girls where there’s no limit to how beautiful they can get. Like Padmar. They sky’s the limit. To call this girl a 10 is fine if that’s the best you can do but she’s more like a 20. If we had sex my dick wouldn’t cum. It would cry cum tears.

posted by [son] QUAALUDE at 7:12 PM on April 16, 2008 [2 favorites]

At least with the DOs and DON'Ts you know they will be sort of nice half the time (which means you can play the difficult game of trying to guess which ones are which). This guy seems to have let his asshole side go wild.
posted by ssg at 7:14 PM on April 16, 2008

Yeah. The old something awful feature "Cliff Yablonski Hates You" was wittier (for awhile, anyway)--which is setting the bar pretty low.
posted by maxwelton at 7:23 PM on April 16, 2008

So sick misogynistic, anti-gay, racist commentaries on photos is funny? Or a good Metafilter post? You don't have to be any particular age to see this is juvenile assholery.
posted by Rumple at 8:05 PM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]

Hate most of the commentary, but loved the pictures, perhaps because many of them are right on the edge of being inspired vs. being insane. Or maybe that's the whole point of hipsterdom.
posted by mai at 8:15 PM on April 16, 2008

c'mon! those comments were like youtube comments on crack, it was art
posted by [son] QUAALUDE at 8:20 PM on April 16, 2008

we were sitting around talking about the war and at some moment in the conversation, while I stretched back in my chair, I happened to look up. And I was frozen by what I saw crawling about on the ceiling.

The insect was about the size of my fist and it was sickly translucent white and nearly as flat as a piece of paper. I could only see the chitinous sections of it's body clearly when it moved... it was like an flat elliptical white scorpion clinging upside down.

It's milky white eyes had a single red pin prick dot - a pupil of sorts - in the center of each. And these eyes were fixed right into my eyes. Then, as if angry it began to shake and vibrate. If flexed some rather large ominous claws open. Silently.

I have never seen anything so hypnotically terrifying in my life. I afraid to look away. Surely somebody else saw this terrible thing? It was right there over our heads. I scooted my chair back so it would not be over my head, my neck began to cramp looking up like that.

I was vaguely aware of the other people in room talking to me but I couldn't look at them, too afraid that if I took my eyes off this thing it would... do something. It slowly crawled over me again and shook menacingly tracking me as I scooted my chair around.

Where it had moved from revealed a tiny dime sized hole in the ceiling. I wanted to scream. But I couldn't. From the hole dripped tiny white eggs. Like fat squirmy grains of rice they fell into my lap.

That's when I woke up. Sweat pooling around the back of my neck I opened my eyes to see shapes darting around the dark ceiling of the bed room until they faded back into the diffuse static of the lost dream state.

The dream was insane in it's shear confused meaningless horror. I try to forget it. But I cant. It makes me scared to look up.

Still. More entertaining than this website.
posted by tkchrist at 8:43 PM on April 16, 2008 [11 favorites]

The best way to understand Vice's Do's and Don'ts is that sometimes the Dos are Don'ts, and sometimes the Don'ts are Do's, and most of the time there's never any clear indication of this and the rest of the time they're just showcasing the Quebecois to the rest of the world.

The most consistent features of the Do's and Don'ts are the putdowns that tend to outwit any run of the mill caption contest, and the ability to spot raw teenage hawtness.

Regardless you're always better off not putting too much thought into it.
posted by furtive at 9:15 PM on April 16, 2008

Anti-gay? No way.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 10:04 PM on April 16, 2008

That's the kind of '90s retro edgy ANSWER Me! ripoff tone we miss from the new, "child soldiers are so sad"


Dude adopted Jim and Debbie Goad as role models.

In earnest.

I cannot believe that somebody really did that.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:17 AM on April 17, 2008

Supposedly I'm Vice Magazine's target market, or something.

And I think its a bunch of worthless fucking trash. Fuck you, hipster scum. Keep on biting. You'll never catch up.
posted by loquacious at 1:23 AM on April 17, 2008

loquacious - the girl that told me about vice magazine told me that I was their target market exactly, and was amazed I hadn't heard of it. I, too think it is shit. I've come to suspect her comment was a vague insult I wasn't quite hip to.
posted by thedaniel at 3:10 AM on April 17, 2008

I love these and think they are hilarious. I am not into fashion or clubbing and I'm 40, but I can look at these pictures all day. Reminds me of FRUiTS magazine.
posted by MegoSteve at 5:20 AM on April 17, 2008

I occasionally liked the "Dos and Don'ts" clips, and I think Vice occasionally spits out something worth paying attention to despite the theatrics about their mock/not-mock viewpoints/ironic non-viewpoints, but assigning some sort of scale to the random street pictures instead of a one-liner and a thumbs-up/thumbs-down kind of kills what it was going for.

Not that I think Vice's new ventures will do much better, but it's always entertaining to watch a misanthropic venture crash when it gets some self-consciousness and tries to actually do something.
posted by mikeh at 6:38 AM on April 17, 2008

I like a lot of the fashions, even though I'm a T-shirt/jeans/minimalist guy most of the time. I liked the Fruits books too (stole them from my last job)--didn't know there was a zine. Thanks for the link, MS. (Though damn that interface is frustrating.)

I'm very glad I've completely ignored this whole Vice/hipster(?) culture thing. I can't really even tell you what it is, but it seems a lot like making fun of people because of the way they look. I got past that sometime around kindergarten. I do understand antagonism toward "the other," but can't say it's a positive thing.
posted by mrgrimm at 7:41 AM on April 17, 2008

It's worth pointing out that the other half of Street Carnage is TV Carnage, the single most damning indictment of western civilization ever created.
posted by Adam_S at 8:03 AM on April 17, 2008

I'm with Mikeh about the old Dos and Don'ts, there were definitely some gems in there from time to time. Once Vice switched the format to having them every day instead of a few every issue, they became lackluster and largely humourless.

With regard to hipsters, I think there's a largely unspoken understanding that part of what makes being a hipster fun is making fun of other people's style. It's like everyone makes a deal to dress up in funky outfits so that the community as a whole has guaranteed entertainment every time they go out. But since this is all unspoken, people who aren't hipsters are obvious targets because they're not in on the secret. Try it sometime, it's fun.
posted by Dr. Send at 6:17 PM on April 17, 2008

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