Pop Culture Alert: Attention MST3K and Buffy Nerds


I know, this blog is usually about spitballing politicians, Xristian Xrazies and ill-fated and ill-conceived policy, and often enough about our failed media that enables them, but rejoice! We have some great news:

Wired has an oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 that is a must-read for all Scissorheads in good standing.

But the exciting part is near the very end: Joel Hodgson is hoping to start a new online incarnation of the show, one that will feature a fresh (and as-yet-unannounced) host and cameos from many MST3K alumni.

As many people have noted, Twitter is like the riffing that Joel and the ‘bots used to do on the show, and I think that this idea has some real potential.


Into every generation, a Slayer is born…

Fans of the late lamented teevee show Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be all a-Twitter with the news that BTVS is going to be sort-of Podcast by We Nerd Hard. Here’s the announcement:

couple of months ago we announced an upcoming podcast called #RememberThatBuffy which was intended to simply be a podcast going through the history of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We have since decided to take a page out of the @BlackGirlNerds playbook (#JemLiveTweets) and expand the project beyond that. So starting Sunday March 30th, 2014 at 6pm ET SHARP we will be livetweeting every episode of Buffy while streaming it from Netflix.

Immediately after we will do a live broadcast (which will be available for download) with our phone lines open to continue nerding out. We will also be releasing a new podcast called “Black People Watching TV” where you can listen to the @WeNerdHard crew give live commentary while watching the show. Think Mystery Science Theatre 3000 but with Negroes nerding HARD. So the process goes as follows:

  1. A few minutes before 6pm cue up Buffy the Vampire slayer on Netflix (or on DVD if you own it). Pause it AS SOON AS IT STARTS.
  2. 6pm ET: PRESS PLAY
  3. Follow the #RememberThatBuffy hashtag on Twitter and join the livetweeting magic.
  4. Immediately after tune in to @WeNerdHard broadcast LIVE. Phone Lines: 718-404-9320


I think my Sunday afternoons on the west coast are now booked.

GOP Says They Are Losing to Stewie

Hot Messes

We can add Family Guy to the long list of excuses that Wingnuttia evokes when they try to explain their unpopularity:

I’m sort of lost in his pop-culture word salad. I think he just said that Conservatives are super-heroes, he wants to kill Gilligan, and that they are always the bad guys? So superheroes are the bad guys? So this is one of those alternate universe stories?

It is always about the packaging to them, if only they could get their message out to the mass culture, everyone would like them. If they could just find a lovable character—maybe a bunny—to take away women’s rights, or to tell gay people that they are going to burn in hell, or to explain why being a serf to corporate America is cool, then all would be well, and they will win elections until the end of time.

(Via Raw Story)


Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead made it to the top of the UK charts following the death of former PM Magaret Thatcher.

And of course, the BBC tellie program, The Official Chart Show finds itself in a bit of a sticky wicket:

As of Friday, the song was No. 1 on British iTunes.

Still, many people say the campaign — which aims to see the song played this weekend on the BBC’s Official Chart Show — is in bad taste. Some have called on the BBC to promise it won’t broadcast the song.

A cover-up!

John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher’s Conservative party, told the Daily Mail tabloid that many would find the ditty “deeply insensitive.”

Yes, many would find the ditty “deeply insensitive,” and that’s why many actually paid for the song and drove it to the top of the charts.

“This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point,” he said.

I think that is the point, John. Nothing gets past you. Mind like a steel trap, eh?

In a statement, the BBC said it had not yet decided on whether it would feature the song on its show — which normally plays all the week’s best-selling hits.

“The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear,” the taxpayer-funded BBC said.

Well, if it is a historical and factual record, then I think you have your answer, Kreskin.


Atlas Shrugged, Pt. 2

Hey guys, did you know that Atlas Shrugged 2: The Strike was released? Me Neither! And there I was making fun of it last year when they were begging people to donate money to it and asking unpaid labor to work on it. Galt, indeed.

Here’s some reviews (from Rotten Tomatoes):

“Seriously, if this is the best promotion of itself that the free market can manage, it really would benefit from the help of a Ministry of Culture or something.” — Village Voice

“A disaster as a film, Atlas also is laughable in its presentation of Rand’s ideology.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“The determined, if questionably talented, cast and crew of Ayn Rand devotees continue to hack their way through the lionized author’s obtuse prose.” — OK Magazine

“Rand’s detractors will hate the movie as much as they do her, but her fans will be satisfied …” – Sacramento News and Review

Maybe if they added sparkly vampires to the Director’s cut…?

Anyway, it looks like it was released right before the election in November (perhaps to persuade assholes and libertarians to vote?), and according to the IMDB it is estimated to cost about $10M to make and to date it has earned $3,333,823.

The market has spoken! Please, dear God, no Part 3, which I assume is when The Speech (a 50-page screed by one character) would be spoken.


Well, it was bound to happen: two old white guys try to parse pop culture.

Fox News Psychiatrist (and that title alone should crack you up) Keith Ablow:

“I think what this fellow is tapping into… is the fact that people don’t want any meaning right now. It is just is sort of like a drug and that seems to be what most people seem to want right now. Not reality, not feeling, not meaning.”

To which Falafel-boy responds:

“So it means nothing but it’s got a nice upbeat to it but you can [dance] The Pony and ride around.”

Which only leads one thing:

UPDATE: Our good friend and Scissorhead Big Bad Bald Bastard gives us the definitive last word on Falafel-boy’s pop culture street cred.