Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I Still Can't Believe It

I don't watch much TV but I keep seeing these guys plastered all over every magazine in the world and can't figure out why they are famous. By the 'tudes on their faces, you'd swear they are being passed off as being handsome or cool or something. Does anyone actually think that? Is media that powerful that it can completely make your natural sensory abilities invert?

Pete Emslie sent me his wish for the next combo animated icons matched with the latest throwaway live celebrities:The Spumco gross close up paintings wouldn't be able to compete with the natural hideousness of these actual living creatures.

100 years from today I bet this century is going to be remembered as the Age Of Ugly.

41 comments:

jtstrocel said...

The Jersey shore's entire audience consists of hipsters who can't believe people like that got on TV. Making fun of stupid and ugly people is nothing new, but MTV's found a formula that somehow doesn't attract the political correctness police

Elana Pritchard said...

Maybe my comic will cheer you up?

I hope it does.

Don't Let This Happen To You (on The Rumpus)

My editor is nice. He gives me complete freedom. Hooray for the internet?

Hero Paperboy said...

As far as people thinking they might actually be attractive... I'm still unclear.
I don't watch the show, but it seems that they get laid a lot. Whether that is directly related to the cameras or the fact that they spend all their time being sexually aggressive and their boob jobs/abs, I'm still unsure.

Forbidden Hippo said...

jtstrocel is right(except maybe for the part about every audience member being a hipster. My mom watches it.) The point is, every time I ask someone why on Earth they would watch this kind of slop, they always say something along the lines of "it's just so funny watching these ridiculous people!"

So, most people seem to understand that these people on TV are wretched but can't help following their boring exploits. It's unfortunate because whether you think they are scum or great people, by watching them you are supporting them.

Isaak said...

If you want to see the positives of TV, watch Law and Order. Great actors, good script, clever banter.

Be careful of the later episodes, because they sample too much of current events, making them dated (which is a similar problem for later South Park episodes.

diego cumplido said...

YES, you're right. We do live in the age of ugly. How I hate this world.

Rooniman said...

I'm surprised those half-wits can even get more then one season of that garbage.

I swear, the cast of Jersey Shore has to be THE most retarded, ugly, lousy, unappealing, and unintelligent group of drug-induced idiots I've ever seen.

ComiCrazys said...

I think the Jersey Shore audience is made up of rubberneckers. The ones on the road that have the compulsive need to drive slowly and gawk at any sign of a car-wreck or police car ticketing.

Then the other audience are teenagers that wish they were living like these dopes are living and meeting easy girls and buff guys with hair straight out of a Dragonball Z cartoon.

The last audience are those that just watch to feel superior and comment on how utterly stupid and base these kids are and bemoan the future if the likes of these are a sampling of todays teens. Though they hate the show they are also compelled to watch.

"Who is more foolish, the Fool or the fool who follows the Fool?" - Ben Kenobi

Shawn Dickinson said...

A hundred years from now, everyone will be completely brainwashed into thinking that whatever used to be appealing is now ugly, and vice versa.

We're already there actually...

Naomi said...

What fresh hell is this?! Just looked up Jersey Shore & the clip I saw had a guy harping on about a [human] cat-fight in front of a screen showing a giant pigeon preening itself. Jeez.

Lundok said...

The real crime is that these people continue to be associated with New Jersey, despite the fact that the majority of them weren't born here and don't live here. I've lived in New Jersey my entire life, and while I'll admit we have plenty of problems, to be saddled with miscreants like this only makes New Jersey look like a cesspool of stupidity.

Martin Juneau said...

I'm glad to don't watch MTV or our counterpart MusiquePlus. The last time i watching MusiquePlus was a reality crap (Don't know which title), but it's amazing how uglyness and embarassement take the place of the medias world.

"Be careful of the later episodes, because they sample too much of current events, making them dated (which is a similar problem for later South Park episodes."

That's why i stopped to watch South Park years ago.

Alberto said...

Someone told me that watching "Jersey Shore" is about as much fun as watching someone play The Sims, except with dumber accents.

Naomi said...

"I think the Jersey Shore audience is made up of rubberneckers. The ones on the road that have the compulsive need to drive slowly and gawk at any sign of a car-wreck or police car ticketing. "

Completely agree - the people making the shows are even worse. "The Jeremy Kyle Show" (UK chat show)is a particularly bad example of this - the host is a complete sleaze. I'd be much happier if there were more shows like The Twilight Zone, original Star Trek & Monty Python etc.!

pappy d said...

It's a mockery of urban white trash. Even rural poor people can feel socially superior.

Diana said...

I don't understand why so many commenters on this blog are upset about TV programs starring funny-looking creatures and their dumb antics that make people laugh?

Doctor Jones said...

This stuff's a waste of time.
Best to ignore it completely.

C said...

Why is it that people make these reality shows--human misery for all to watch--yet networks also want to censor anime cleavage?

I don't like this reality biz. For one thing, it's unrealistic. I'd love to be given a job out of nowhere, and I can't afford to party all day. I also don't go around with cameras in my shower or spin around on giant flowers.

CartoonSteve said...

I wonder if that will be the target of the new "Beavis and Butthead" since music videos no longer exist on MTV. Not realistic though. Even B&B would have sense not to watch that crap.

dukakidd said...

John i know you don't like it, but you might find this episode of south park actually funny. it makes fun of the jersey shore the entire time (and the dad even beats one of the cast members with a bat) http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s14e09-its-a-jersey-thing#w=11.13.2010

Jeffrey said...

Not the zenith of animation, but South Park had a pretty good episode making fun of these fools a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit, their "Snookie" character design was pretty damn funny. (aside: considering I've never seen an episode of that show, and don't even have cable, why do I know what these people look like? It's like Bill Hicks said: certain fevered egos invade our collective conscious).

Pete Emslie said...

C'mon, John, get with the program. You just know when this cool new CG Ren puts the moves on Snooki that it's going to be AWESOME!!! :)

Jesse said...

seriously, Whats this "Jersey Shore" you speak of? it sounds stupid.....

Roberto Severino said...

This makes me wonder how just a few decades ago, it took actual talent, skill, class, and sophistication to be famous, and all of that has withered down to that crap in your post. Unbelievable. People should be outraged, but instead, a lot of them just simply accept what's there already. Sad. Hence why I barely watch TV anymore.

John said...

Southpark gave this crap-fest the royal-treatment last week. They're take on Snookie was classic.

Luke said...

I recently wrote a research paper on Reality TV and its negative effects. Specificaly, how Reality TV reflects on America, to othe countries. It saddens me to think that the majority of "Society" today has been reduced to a populous drone of Peanut Gallery Manicans with little to no individual qualities and self serving instantly gratifying philosiphies. They grow up to be nothing more than tools, a waste of space, a shadow of what they might have been. But, made all the wrong choices, and refused to put any effort into anything. We see them everyday, with their hot topic brand poopularester masks. They folow eachother both foolishly, and mindlessly. They think that if they perform the right task, and wear the correct clothes, that society will reward them with cheap recognition for all the nothing they ever did. But it all comes crumbling down at their feet when the pipe dreams they folow begin to fail. They won't notice. They can't see the ruins from behind their mask. Then, the day they decide to be their self, they can't find it. It is lost, gone forever, buried underneath the wasted years of debotchery and greed. But its okay, its all one big joke for them. They'll live life to the fullest, every social gathering they will attend. Listening to the same horrible drones of uninspired noise, and sharing their accounts of unfairness and highway robbery with fellow manicans. Atleast they have realations, otherwise to them, life is nothing. If you learn one thing from this, learn that other people's opinions do not matter unless you put value on them. Learn that in the grand scheme of all things, what truely matters is that you be all that you are called to be, and live for the people that surround you daily.

Amir Avni said...

Too true

SandraRivas said...

It's hard to ignore the ugliness in society and entertainment, especially when it's popular for some bizarre reason.

Usually what I'll do in the end is cleanse myself with some beauty, like Dean Martin's music, The Three Stooges, and "Bugs Gets the Boid". They make me happy and help me appreciate the better things in life.

I work at the Disneyworld parks so I constantly have to go through this routine to keep my sanity. Or insanity, whichever sounds better.

Conceit Arturo said...

John, I can relate to the hate on all the uglyness....but...I assume you MUST know about this awesome studio called MEINDBENDER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VQxjG91DOY

they're the one thing that gives me hope for 3D cartoons! please I know it's old but give em a buzz in ur blog

talkingtj said...

Is media that powerful that it can completely make your natural sensory abilities invert?

YES! THINK SARAH PALIN!! a no nothing small time beauty queen and sports reporter who somehow became governor of small town alaska, who then gave up her position as governor in order to make more money hawking a fake rebellion to a bunch of rubes fearful of the future! the media treats her as a political threat, as the future of america, even as a possible president!! yes! this what the media is up to these days-ugly is beautiful, stupid is smart, left is right, and your the idiot who lets common sense, good judgement, free thinking and maturity get in the way!! welcome to dumb ass america, dont bother sweeting the b.s-we'll swallow it whole!!

N. Eri said...

Unfortunately, idiots rule and this kind of thing is highly encouraged. I feel your pain.

Trevor Thompson said...

Is media that powerful that it can completely make your natural sensory abilities invert?

I take it you haven't read much Chomsky.

C. said...

I tried to watch Jersey Shore. I couldn't get past six seconds of that crap. Six seconds.

I honestly can't tell the difference between this and the other reality shows on MTV, since JS uses the same structure as Peak Season, The Hills, Laguna Beach etc. There is literally no deviation from the established formula. I don't understand why JS is popular, and Warren the Ape is a complete failure.

jeffreyJack said...

I love'em! Makes great pencil fodder for JK.

Alex said...

Hey, to put that in perspective, the Dark Ages weren't coined as a coliqual term until the Rennaisance, by pretentious but talented auteurs who mocked their predecesors. With media execs in power, will America's perception on bad-but-they-watch-it-anyway material change soon?

Also, these Jersey kids make me sick.

ther1 said...

I agree with you, just like everyone here on these comments. This is a subversion of evolution itself.

Why are teen girls so interested in effeminate males these days? Guys walking around in baggy jammies with colorful designs on the ass, having anime haircuts, pretending to cry at movies...I can't understand why women are supposed to be faghags to be "hip." It's gotten to the point where I can barely find a real man at school.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Haw! I tried to find a Jersey Shore episode on YouTube but they all taken down. I was dying to see what could have inspired drawings like these!

pappy d said...

Snooki gets a hedcut in the Wall Street Journal.

http://sg.wsj.net/public/resources/images/HC-GP255_Snooki_BV_20101021175319.gif

It's the end of Western Civilisation.

Spenk said...

i love south park (and ren & stimpy) remember 97? the mr hankey thing? i know why trey & matt didnt watched a full ren & stimpy episode...stimpon j cat is a red cat what makes him a ginger! XD & trey is scared of gingers...

N. Eri said...

@Eddie Hulu.com or mtv.com will link to full episodes to Jersey Shore. But as a warning, watching it will be like an assault to your brain.

Ashley K. said...

Yes, they are very ugly people.(personality and everything) Reality tv...ugly in general and yet they are high on the nelson ratings. I love the caricature of two of the Jersey shore cast members. Perfect image of stupidity and ugliness.