A Bit Disappointed
I don’t get it. I usually wouldn’t approach viewers like this, but I feel very strongly that this needs to be addressed.
I’m being called a “liar” for my set-up for a comedy sketch. What? Are people really taking a comedy sketch that seriously?
In my last Anime News Editorial, I featured a re-written version of the intro to Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory. In the video I stated, “I originally misheard the lyrics. Here’s what they were.” Which then lead into a comedy sketch, hinged on the misheard lyrics, “I got a brand new car, With the CD player and the power windows”. Viewers note that I’ve “lied” about mishearing those lyrics, because I mention DVDs in the song, when 0083 was released in 1991.
What’s really sad is that this was purely a comedy sketch, and by having to explain it, the joke is no longer funny. If you felt it wasn’t funny to begin with, I wish that you would say that instead, rather than trying to analyze a comedy sketch.
In any case, I will tell you with absolute truth that between Michael Main (former roommate of mine for several years) and I shared these misheard lyrics, specifically the line, “I got a brand new car, with the CD player and the power windows”, and this was years ago. It was a long running joke between the two of us, which I shared with a number of friends. I then further expanded the joke in this video, which I felt was the perfect opportunity to do so, because Gundam was once again in the news.
As to the DVD line, sure, I made that one up, along with a good hunk of the rest of it (though I personally watched 0083 on Adult Swim, which aired substantially later than its VHS or laser disc counterparts). You know why? Because it was a comedy sketch. Shoot, people, my videos are featured on That Guy with the Glasses. Are you expecting serious business on the Internet, on TGWTG? Why does the word “joke” now equate to being a synonym for “lie”? Do you watch Saturday Night Live and watch the actors make up funny information about an individual or event, and then turn around and call those people liars?
I am reminded of this scene in Galaxy Quest, here at the beginning of this clip, when the “captain” has to explain to the simplistic alien race that humans play pretend to one another for entertainment, because they just didn’t get it.
My journalistic integrity is called into question. You know what? I never claimed to be a journalist. My major is Mass Communications, Radio/TV Broadcast. I know damn well what journalism is, and I know that what I produce is not journalism, which is why it’s an editorial, not the news. You want news? Go to AnimeNewsNetwork.com. That’s a major place I go to. All I do is take one interesting news story that’s relative to an American audience, and then I discuss the emotional impact it had on me. One should NEVER approach an editorial as though it has journalistic integrity, and I never asked that any of you do just that. What I produce, I produce as entertainment. If you aren’t entertained, then that’s one thing, and that’s your own business. Just tell me you aren’t entertained. I’m a big girl, I can take it. But don’t call comedy sketches “lies” or question a comedy sketch’s journalistic integrity. If you go to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update to get your news then I feel sorry for you. That’s about what I equate to.
Whether or not you find me entertaining, I was picked up as an entertainer. That is all.
Great. Now you guys have completely ruined the joke. Thanks a lot.