2009 - %3, April

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PETA to Pet Shop Boys: Roll Over

| Fri Apr. 10, 2009 9:03 AM PDT

PETA has finally gathered up the courage to ask the Pet Shop Boys to change their name. Explaining that pet shops often treat animals cruelly, the group suggests that the PSB consider a more critter-friendly name, like Rescue Shelter Boys. It's not clear why PETA has waited more than 20 years to make this request, though I suspect it wanted to preempt an Onion headline that's just been waiting to be written. So what will be the next step in the campaign to remove animal cruelty from musical monikers? Asking Brian Wilson to change Pet Sounds to Animal Companion Sounds?* Hounding bands like Dogs Die in Hot Cars, Psychedelic Furs, and the Meat Puppets? MoJoer Lauren Rice proposes that Meat Loaf rechristen himself Cruelty Loaf. Or Textured Vegetable Protein Loaf. Presumably Cat Power and Animal Collective are off the hook. But just to be safe, the reunited Phish may want to rename itself Sea Kittenz.

*Nonspeciesist Beach Boys makeover after the jump.

Image by Wikimedia Commons user Beaucoupkevin used under a Creative Commons License.

The Week in Digg/Reddit: Trent Reznor, Wolverine Leaks, and Dubai

| Thu Apr. 9, 2009 4:38 PM PDT

Social media, that dastardly upstart of a content type, is a little like a cocktail party: occasionally interesting and usually full of people you sort of know. Social media aggregators, on the other hand, are more like boozy pubs: entertaining and loud.

Forthwith, 10 links this week from Digg and Reddit that I found informative and deliciously strange. This (and every) week's meme: the internet! Think of social media aggregators as newspapers that report on the internet as if it were a place. That's right, kinda like a bar and kinda like a newspaper. Enjoy.

1) Does anyone else feel like despite the vastness of the internet you just visit the same 4 or 5 sites over and over?

2) Trent Reznor explains the music industry.

3) Is it immoral to review leaked copies of The Wolverine movie?

4) Hey, Bill Gates has a Facebook page!

5) Should Obama control the Internet?

6) The dark side of Dubai.

7) Yes, the Internet sucks on April 1. Every year.

8) Chewbacca chord. Hilarity ensues.

9) Hungover in London? Have I got a bacon cure for you. 

10) Just cuz it reminds me of the Homeward Bound movie..

Video: Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Audition Tapes

| Thu Apr. 9, 2009 12:51 PM PDT

The National Organization for Marriage, which probably called you Vermonters recently during dinner about keeping holy wedlock away from The Gays, has a video for you. Why are the people in it more concerned about gay marriage than the lightning bolts falling around them? Never mind, watch people flub their homophobic lines on these audition tapes instead:

UPDATE: The audition tapes are already inspiring YouTube parodies.

Are Nazis Funny? Even in Berlin?

| Thu Apr. 9, 2009 11:28 AM PDT

Mel Brooks' "The Producers" is set to open in Berlin in May. It's even being performed in a theater that used to have a luxurious "Führer's Box" for Hitler. But how will Brooks' musical, with its 20-foot swastikas and singing stormtroopers, be received? As Der Spiegel points out, the musical has already had runs in Vienna (modestly successful) and Tel Aviv. So it was really only a matter of time before it came to the Fatherland. According to the Berlin theater's manager, advance ticket sales are doing well. Still, what a strange experience to see a fey, dancing, Hitler sing "Heil Myself" in the same theater where the real Hitler once watched "The Merry Widow."

 

How Bad Was That Turkish News Anchor in Blackface Report?

| Wed Apr. 8, 2009 11:22 PM PDT

omf'ing God!

Turkish anchor reports on Obama's Turkish visit in BLACKFACE!

I am without words. But Young Turk Cenk Ugyur has a few.

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Boys Are Pilots. Girls Are Stewardesses.

| Wed Apr. 8, 2009 4:28 PM PDT

Back in the '70s everything was so much simpler. This collection of gender unbending images apparently exists in the nebulous space between satire and not satire.