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Post: # 882Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:02 am

At 1 minute in here there's a nice clip of "Cap'n Bob" Cottle's drawing show. I very vaguely remember that in the 80s, Cap'n Bob's show was on very early in the morning on saturdays, 5:30 or 6:30. I didn't remember what he did. This clip matches my memories, except that I think the show was called "Cap'n Bob" clearly onscreen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tQiCWYLLj0



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Post: # 885Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:15 pm

It's often odd for me to hear British people talk about American culture, since it's so often clear that they don't understand it. And when they're talking about bad American culture, and African-American culture, and bad African-American culture, I can obviously understand why they don't understand it, where this sort of material is coming from. But that still doesn't excuse it, or take away from the surreality of it, of hearing my country's culture spoken about with ignorance, by a critic.

But every country has to deal with that, and here in the USA we talk about every country on this planet with complete and utter ignorance. Sometimes on television it's exaggerated for laughs, but the ignorance is very real. Even getting a taste of that from the other side is surreal.

All Kermode has to say here is "What the hell is this crap?" And that is the appropriate reaction. It's almost like an American watching a Bollywood movie, divorced of the context that it came from. Obviously Kermode has been watching lots of American films all his life, but that still hasn't given him the societal context to come to any conclusion other than ... "What the hell?"

I see this sort of thing often on the internet, at British comedy forums and so on. I'm happy to read reactions to British comedy and film from posters in the UK. But their reactions to US comedy and film are pretty shocking, since they're divorced entirely from context and culture that we take for granted.

I know that we Americans are much worse in this regard, but still.

One big tipoff, on any side, anytime you have someone discussing the mass media of another country, is that they often don't know which projects, films, people and trends were popular, well-hyped and successful, and which flew under the radar with few knowing or caring about them. Something that was a huge hit in one country won't always translate to another - we see that often with television shows. And something that was terrible and bombed, but was hyped up to be huge so everyone knew when it bombed ... we see that with films. But I see hugely popular and influential TV shows from the USA spoken about in Britain as obscure curios, if at all.

People in any country are bombarded with garbage from the mass media. That garbage - your reality shows, advertising, gossip and the like - is disposable trash which never leaves its mother country. However, the same sorts of ideas are generally recycled and recreated ... Pop Idol becomes American Idol, and so forth. We all have our homegrown reality TV and pop stars, our minor celebrities who the gossip rags won't shut up about.

Racism is another thing that doesn't quite translate, thankfully. Americans have no idea what racists in the UK are going on about with "The Pakis." And America's history regarding the African-American population - a sad and continuing story of slavery and segregation, and institutionalized poverty, crime and imprisonment ... Well, Britain doesn't have that. So when a British critic talks about black American culture, especially bad, disposable culture, I grit my teeth, because it's like a rhino stampeding all over a china shop of issues Americans have to be much more sensitive about. There's a lot to criticize about certain movies by, say, Eddie Murphy. But to criticize them at face value and ignorantly, without saying anything or engaging with the stupidities and injustices inherent in American politics and American culture ...

Well, that is a Very Bad Thing.

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Post: # 886Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:57 pm

You know who I miss? Fatal Farm. They made great viral videos, got a lot of attention from Hollywood, and then disappeared. Presumably Hollywood chewed them up and spat them out, the way it does.

http://www.fatalfarm.com/main.html
http://www.youtube.com/user/FatalFarm/videos

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Post: # 887Post Oliver Judd
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:23 pm

Americans have no idea what racists in the UK are going on about with "The Pakis."
Dear Lord. That's a huge problem over here....

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Post: # 891Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:26 pm

"Backstory: The original anime was literally so awful, the dubbing team were told to just go nuts and do whatever they like."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... xJ4VWoeOzs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsYeeNywXL4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX4mJn36fs4

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Post: # 893Post Garrett Gilchrist
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:34 am

I'm starting to finish and post my current round of art commissions here:
http://tygerbug.deviantart.com/gallery/

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Post: # 894Post Garrett Gilchrist
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:34 am

That great animator Uli Meyer gives us the children's book Cuthbert Was Bored.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuthbert-Was-Bo ... +was+bored

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