YouTube Muppet parody mayhem

YouTube Muppet parody mayhem

Summary: I love the writing in the first two paragraphs of Richard Rushfield's L.A.

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I love the writing in the first two paragraphs of Richard Rushfield's L.A. Times story, Muppets Gone Wild:

SWEEPING through the debris field that makes up today's YouTube catalog, a few emerging schools of webcamography are evident: confessional videos by teenage girls, stolen footage of Jon Stewart and Asian game shows, caught-on-camera car accidents and faux pas, adorable pet moments and rampaging, ultra-violent, foul-mouthed Muppets.

Not surprisingly, it is that final genre that is attracting the great auteurs of the Internet today. Suddenly, everywhere you look across the Internet, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Ernie and Bert are cussing each other out like gangstas, battling to the death with armored weapons and restaging the edgiest films of our time.. The Muppet remix features the likes of "The Muppet Matrix" and "Murdah Muppets." The Web and its accompanying tools of low-budget editing have granted filmmakers the power to manipulate and reframe the great characters of entertainment to their hearts' desire. But with this freedom, an arms race has also begun, sending filmmakers in a competitive frenzy to place the Snuffleupagus in ever more compromising positions.

I was unaware of the upsurge in this particular parodic genre but look forward to exploring it further.  Rushfield points out this kind of work dates back to at least 1987, but it's the socially networked 'Net that provides the audience factor.  On related legal fronts, see:

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Denise Howell

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  • Nice YouTube Channel

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LisaNova]This[/url] is a very nice YouTube Channel. The actors are very clever.
    P. Douglas
    • Great Channel

      Thanks for the link. It's mature, but really funny. Just watch the one talking about "nuts", it's hilarious.
      Tony Agudo
      • Yes ...

        ... I like the part where the guy prances around with his man bag in the end ... or as Jerry Sienfeld would say, "It's not a purse, it's European!" :-) :-) :-)
        P. Douglas
        • The poor sap ...

          ... was completely emasculated. :-) It was a very clever skit.
          P. Douglas
  • Bad stuff

    For Youtube's sake, I hope this type of content can be covered by the copyright law exceptions for parody.

    http://one.revver.com/watch/76503/format/flv/affiliate/23672
    ahinkle