Ironic Product Placement: the Most Inappropriate Use of the Word “Ironic”

October 17, 2010 at 9:36 am (pop culture, pop psychology, television) (, , , , , )

I read/watched this great post at Feminist Frequency about this new trend of intentional, over the top sexism that has popped up in TV and ads yet.  You know, the kind of ads that portray women as being ditzy sex bombs and men as being so douchey and sex-crazed that you can’t help but laugh.  Silly ad guys, we know you’re exaggerating!  We all know it’s on purpose, but that doesn’t make it any less sexist. The use of irony doesn’t distance them from doing it.

They call this retro sexism, and they define it as “Modern attitudes and behaviors that mimic or glorify sexist aspects of the past, often in an ironic way.”  Here, watch the whole vid.

But that’s not even what I want to talk about.  Because I see an equally heinous and equally “wink wink nudge nudge” situation going with product placement in TV shows.

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Unsolved Mysteries: Not for Kids.

July 3, 2010 at 11:44 am (television) (, , , , , )

After Joselyn showed me this adorable, if not creepy, youtube clip of a man freaking out about a double rainbow…

It jogged a memory of one of the scariest things I ever saw as a child, the homemade arsonist video from a 1988 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.  If the hair on the back of your neck is starting to stand up, just wait until you watch the clip.

Seriously, why did any of our parents let us watch that show?  Everyone I know in their late 20s/early 30s is absolutely terrified of something because of Unsolved Mysteries.  For me, it’s aliens.  For others, maybe eerie artist reconstructions of people’s faces.  Perhaps trench coats terrify you now.

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My Mind is Blown

June 5, 2010 at 10:06 am (television) (, )

What is the television industry doing to us?!?!  From The High Definite.

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February 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm (television) (, , )

NBC keeps making the most amazing, forward-thinking, cutting edge decisions when it comes to their programming.

The last time Paul Reiser created a sitcom that was picked up by NBC, it was the major hit Mad About You and ran from 1992 all the way to 1999 on the network. So it’s understandable if NBC is feeling somewhat nostalgic for Reiser’s product. Now I’ve learned that last night the network picked up a Warner Bros pilot that was written by and stars Paul Reiser who also will executive produce. There’s no official announcement about this yet. But the deal for this single-camera filmed series is said to be “big”.

Ugh.  Thanks Deadline.

For a palate cleanser, jump to check out my friend Nate in his Mad About You denim jacket.

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Oh, rather than having a sense of humor, you’re an artist.

December 4, 2009 at 10:22 am (movies, pop culture, television) (, , , , , )

So you guys remember when James Franco joined the cast of General Hospital?

The blogosphere was abuzz in speculating why James Franco, fairly well respected actor and hunk, would be on a soap opera.  I decided that he just has an awesome sense of humor and was cool enough to try different weird things, and I applauded him for it.

Turns out I was wrong.

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Which is a better show?

August 26, 2009 at 10:49 am (pop culture) (, )

belvedere before

Mr. Belvedere


belvedere after

Night of a Thousand Belvederes?

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Make it work, Mizrahi.

April 5, 2009 at 7:34 am (pop culture) (, , , , , , , )

So, upon hearing the news that Bravo and Lifetime have settled their shit and Project Runway will be airing on Lifetime this summer, Bravo is rolling out their “brand new” show.

I give you The Fashion Show.


Meet Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and Nina Garcia?

The contestants, designers from all over, compete in two challenges each week, one to be judged by Kelly Rowland, Isaac Mizrahi, and Fern Mallis, and one to be voted on by the public.

And then, at the end, the public will vote on which version of Project Runway they prefer- the original one, or the costumey American Idolish one.

Carry on!

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“Brooklyn’s not a neighborhood”

March 8, 2009 at 9:52 am (Comedy) (, , , , )

At the movies on Friday, we saw an ad for a new sitcom from ABC Family called Roommates.  It was a long commercial, probably about two minutes, and the audience in New York, juiced up for Watchmen, was stunned into silence when we heard the voiceover tell us that these crazy kids live in an apartment in the neighborhood of Brooklyn.   We heard lines  like “This is Brian, and he likes to party!!” and “Four bedrooms, one bathroom, zero boundaries!!”

And I felt something like pride as the dumbfounded silence turned into cries of revulsion and disgust all around me.  The ad was utterly dismissed by the crowd, and by everyone in our group.  It was the first time I ever felt like a Brooklynite, and I turned to Pete, unsure of even what to say to this horrid thing, and he said “Brooklyn’s not even a neighborhood!”.


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That’s not a butler….THIS is a butler.

January 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm (pop culture) (, , , , )

Just because I’ve been getting so many confused emails about this, I thought I’d sort it out for you.

This is Paul Hogan, celebrity butler (yeah, that’s a term).

He was on that terrible idea of a show Joe Millionaire as a butler, and is now hosting the new tv show Groomed, which turns lazy bum type guys into, you know, gentlemen.  I squeed with joy when I first saw the blurb about Groomed in an entertainment newsletter, because I thought that  Crocodile  Fucking Dundee was hosting a show helping schlubs get sophisticated.  But I dove in with my relentless research skills, and sadly, though they are both Austrailian, this Paul Hogan is not that Paul Hogan.


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Kumail + Colbert = Tru Luv

January 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm (Comedy, my life) (, , , , , , , )

For those of you that don’t know (and I don’t know how that’s possible given the amount of yelling we’ve all been doing about it), Kumail was on The Colbert Report last night.

Click here if that didn’t work, wordpress is not too fond of posting this video.  For several glorious minutes, Kumail and Colbert pined for each other, Kumail playing Omar/Homer.

Well, the big scoop is that he’s BACK on tonight, still unable to quit Stephen Colbert.  So make sure you tune in tonight too!!!

(By the way, yes, Kumail does look at me that way every single morning)

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