You’ve been Post’D!

August 6th, 2009 11:05 am by Kelly Garbato

Question: What happens when the spirit of viral video meets journalism?

Answer: Trenchant hilariousness.

First, Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post give it a try:
 


 
Next up, two unnamed everydudes:
 

 

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have a beer with the everydudes. I’m not usually a fan of the bathrobed-at-2 PM look (and I write this from the comfort of my couch, in last night’s jammies, at 11 AM), but it sure beats smoking jackets and pipes.

The bottom spoof vid is a direct response to the most recent edition of the WaPo’s “satirical” video series called “Mouthpiece Theater,” embedded above. The video has since been removed from WaPo’s website, and the series, canceled:

“Mouthpiece Theater” was designed as a sendup of pompous punditry, with Milbank, the paper’s Washington Sketch columnist, and Cillizza, a White House correspondent who writes The Fix blog, appearing with oversized pipes and smoking jackets. But its comedic style drew catcalls from online critics, which intensified after Friday’s episode about the kind of beer various politicians might drink. Milbank said he couldn’t reveal who liked Mad Bitch beer, which was followed by a brief shot of Clinton. […]

As for the dozen videos they have made in what was designed as a summer tryout, “it’s clear there was an audience for it out there, but not large enough to justify all the grief,” Milbank said. “My strength is in observational, in-the-field stuff, and that’s what I should do. I’m sorry about the reaction it’s caused but I think it’s important to experiment. The real risk to newspapers is not that they take too many risks, but that they don’t take enough risks.”

Imagine that! Being called a sexist asshat when one engages in sexist asshattery! Poor Dana. Why must the big, bad feminists victimize him so? I shall light a candle for Milbanks & Cillizza tonight, right alongside my flame for Justin Barrett.

So what’s this all have to do with nonhuman animals, you ask? Well, I love that, after dropping the “ZOMG! HILLARY CLINTON IS A CRAZY BITCH!!!” joke, one of the dudes pretends to gnaw on a raw piece of steak in order to demonstrate his sexist, “Neanderthal” mindset. In our culture, “meat” is commonly associated with masculinity, as is dominating those weaker and less privileged than oneself. While I doubt that the Clive Owen lookalike meant to register a comment on the ethics of “meat” consumption, in this context, the raw steak seems to do just that: eating the bodies of slaughtered and dismembered animals is about as progressive as is mocking an ambitious, successful woman for displaying traits which are praised in her male peers. As in, not very.

On the flip side, the other guy scratches his armpits and pretends to throw feces at the camera, thus relying on stereotypes of chimpanzees (or “monkeys,” as they’re commonly called) as devolved, stupid, dirty, etc.

In a more general sense, this skit is a nice illustration of the current state of the mainstream media, wherein referring to the Secretary of State as a “Mad Bitch” qualifies as…well, as trenchant, hilarious political commentary. Meh.

But mostly I posted Post’D! because it’s pure awesomeness. “Dennis Kucinich: if he were a famous jazz saxophonist composer, he’d be Wayne Shorter.” Zing! (Don’t worry, Dennis; my love for you, it’s inversely proportional to your height!)

(h/t, Dr. Socks.)

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