CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR SISTER (WINK WINK, NUDGE NUDGE, BARF BARF)

December 10, 2009

So, here we are, another holiday season, another round of commercials dedicated to hammering into our head that our own families are woefully dysfunctional, and could easily be repaired by buying the crap they’re selling.

Christmas brings the family together (Christmas because it’s usually a white, nondescript family), to gather around a warm bowl of something, or using some service. Thanks for warming our hearts, Ragu!

However, Folgers’ latest offering, far from warming my heart, has instead chilled my bones. Just watch the commercial, and I’ll give you a moment to let it wash over you.

I’ll break the ice and say, yes, I also believe the sister wishes to “bone” (as kids in 1978 would call it) her brother.

Now, I’m sure that on paper, the commercial seemed innocent enough. Brother comes home after a while, sister is happy to see him, warm fuzzies. Fine. But there are some fatal flaws in the execution that take us from Mayberry to Chinatown, after the jump:

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THESE PRETZELS ARE MAKING ME RACIST

December 8, 2009

This was all over the internet yesterday, and yes, obviously, all of these people are 100% racist (especially the baby–everybody knows that only racists love lollipops).

The funniest part of the video, though, is that the black guy at the end is super sad. Like he just found out, and is so disappointed in himself!

But you know, this video reminds me of something. Different people trying to say the same line with different deliveries, each one competing with the rest for the best actorly rendition. It all feels so familiar… hmm… what it could it be…

Oh yes, that’s it.

(via Videogum and Wonkette)

SPAIN’S CHANNEL 4 UNDERSTANDS ITS AUDIENCE

December 3, 2009

This promo for the final season of Lost is getting pretty much universal love from the show’s hardcore fanbase, and with good reason. In America we’ve been subjected to garbage like this:

[Ed. Note: Radiohead > The Fray]

The Spanish promo addresses what the show is really about and what has garnered it so much positive popular and critical attention over the years–how mysterious and complicated and intelligent it is. Lost‘s is a grand artistic vision in which ordinary people carry on the eternal human struggle to make their own destiny even as they get caught up in power plays by clandestine, sinister, and (literally) earth-moving forces beyond their comprehension.

Yet Lost‘s ambition is tempered and balanced by its adherence to well-worn tropes of television drama. There’s love, lies, laughs, loss, other words that start with L, and healthy doses of science fiction, mystery, and suspense. It even has a time travel love triangle. (Time Travel Love Triangle is the name of my new band, by the way)

So far, ABC’s promos have addressed the show’s soapier aspects almost exclusively. And one must ask, why? Smart people with good taste undoubtedly make up a substantial number of the show’s viewers, and a vast majority of the superfans. They love Lost because it’s so different from the rest of television. ABC has been marketing to the wrong target audiences.

Let’s hope the network follows Channel 4’s lead and starts to advertise its programs more intelligently.

(via The Daily What)

FX SAVES WORLD FROM HORROR OF LOUIS C.K. SEX TAPE

December 3, 2009

Louis C.K., the best and funniest stand-up comedian in America right now (in your editor’s humble opinion), has a new show coming to FX this spring. And judging from this web promo, it’s going to be great! Anything to keep Louis off the sex-tape circuit.

Audio is EXTREMELY NSFW, so headphones on, children.

GE SELLS NBC TO COMCAST

December 3, 2009

For $30 billion. That is a lot of money!

Obviously the repercussions of this sale will be tremendous, and the landscape of the television entertainment medium will likely be irrevocably altered. But I think I speak for everyone when I say that this development raises one question above all:

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT JACK DONAGHY???

Save Jack!

(via NYT)

WE’LL HAVE NONE OF THAT “EQUAL RIGHTS” GARBAGE IN THIS STATE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

December 2, 2009

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage just failed in the New York State Senate, 38-24.

😦

The tags say it all, really.

(The Awl/NYT)

Oh, and by the way:

This picture was in STUPENDOUS taste, folks. Really classy.

OPERATION LOVE THIS GUY: GRAND AYATOLLAH HOSSEIN ALI MONTAZERI

December 1, 2009

Behrouz-Mehri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Isn't he ADORABLE? I wish he was my Grandpa.

This past weekend, the New York Times did a profile on this guy, [Ed. Note–Yes, we at the Yetiblog read the New York Times. Three cheers for smug liberal elitism!] and oh boy, he is great! He is like the Iranian Yoda, but REAL.

Ayatollah Montazeri has emerged as the spiritual leader of the opposition, an adversary the state has been unable to silence or jail because of his religious credentials and seminal role in the founding of the republic.

And he’s playing a unique role in the Iranian reform movement thanks to those religious credentials, which outshine even those of the current Supreme Leader Ali Khameini. This one goes out to all the ridiculous claims that Islam and democracy are incompatible or mutually exclusive (after the jump):

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE YETIBLOG

November 26, 2009

In the spirit of giving, we want to share these funny videos with you.

Enjoy.

(via Videogum)

(via Wonkette)

GLEE S01E10: BALLADS CRUSH CRUSHES, FEELINGS, AND FAMILIES

November 25, 2009

All images © FOX

[Ed. Note– Hello monsters! You all know Erika, Glee recapper extraordinaire. Presented is her recap of last week’s show. Season 1, Episode 10: “Ballad” SPOILER ALERT, duh.]

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WOODPECKER VS. SNAKE: SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY!

November 24, 2009

Whoever said that the standoff at the end of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly obviously hadn’t seen this epic duel. What Ennio Morricone’s film score masterpiece was to the 20th century, so “Don’t move the boat!” shall be to the 21st.

Two years from now, you’ll be watching Woodpecker Vs. Snake adapted to the big screen with a $300 million operating budget, directed by Michael Bay and starring Will Smith  as the Woodpecker and Eric Bana as the Snake, with a surprise cameo from Jack Nicholson as “Don’t move the boat!” guy. Mark my words.

(via Lindsay Robertson)