I’m just not susceptible to mainstream erotic stimuli

July 14, 2007 at 8:18 am | Posted in Viral | 1 Comment
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A (woman) friend sent me a link to this viral for a (true or fake, I don’t care) brand of cosmetics. The pun is supposed to consist in a fairy conventional turning around of mainstream erotic stimuli. Instead of a voluptuous blond smearing her tits with whipped cream, you have a half-naked chef doing the same thing. Or massaging your bread. And where the blond would have eaten a banana, he’s eating oysters. Yaawn! I would never ever forward this to a befriended female, not even a befriended gay male, even though the male body is much more the object of fetishization in male homosexual than in female heterosexual peer groups. I think. It certainly doesn’t stimulate me, it annoys me deeply. Maybe I am just an exception to the rule. If women in commercials are treated like sexual objects, it certainly doesn’t help to just do the same to men. And neither is it revolutionary. Grrrrr.

EDIT: It’s not even a proper turning around of the rules of the game. Just hover over the buttons with your mouse, and what you’ll here is the moaning of a _Female_ – now what is that supposed to do to a heterosexual female audience? But I’m sure the undoubtedly male creative director of the bunch who created this enjoyed this a lot.

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EDIT: OH NO! IT GETS WORSE! The next one seeking to take over from the naked chef are THE PLUMBER (THE pornography regular, mal eben ein Rohr verlegen), the FIREMAN who got your PUSSYCAT down from the three, and the PLUMBER who has finished TRIMMING YOUR BUSHES:

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I think we’ve got a meme 17/40

March 9, 2007 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Culture, Entertainment, Film, Meme | Leave a comment
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My blog stats told me today that ‘Borat naked’ has apparently become a meme on the web:

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In the words of Wikipedia (which in itself is a collection of memetic knowledge) a meme is

a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another. Dawkins said, Examples of memes are tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. A meme propagates itself as a unit of cultural evolution and diffusion — analogous in many ways to the behavior of the gene (the unit of genetic information). Often memes propagate as more-or-less integrated cooperative sets or groups, referred to as memeplexes or meme-complexes.

If have hence now included the naked Borat footage, courtesy by youtube, into the post that curiously attracted the attention in the past: a post about about a visit to an artfair where a ‘naked little dead man’ was exhibited as a sculpture. Johnny Malmedy had commented on this, pretending to be Borat, hence establishing the link that I couldn’t explain at first. I even put up a Quick guide to Borat, assuming it was just general interest in the character Borat. But it’s the naked Borat they want:-)

If you haven’t watched Borat, here is the footage another time:

I think what this memeplexe is about is

  1. the outrageousness of the imperfect, naked body (the perfect body, in that sense, is not naked, not conspicuous enough to be naked)
  2. the outrageousness of the naked, hairy body (more specifically defining the nature of imperfection)
  3. the outrageousness of the naked, hairy, fat body (doubly marginalized)

Haven’t we all wondered in the past if the penis of a really fat man isn’t probably covered by body fat to an extent that it is not even visible anymore? Now we know: Fat men don’t have visible penises. On that note: Enjoy!

No Lent note today. I’ve given that up for Lent:-)

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