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Joe Pyne: The godfather of pinhead TV
10.02.2010
02:22 am
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I grew up watching Joe Pyne and marveling at his bitter rants. He was the template for Fox News and geek journalism.

Lewis Marvin was a stone cold freak who happened to be very very rich. He was the heir to the Green Stamps fortune and with his inheritance established the hippie community Moonfire in Topanga Canyon. Moonfire was at the epicenter of Southern California’s new age scene, drawing a mixed bag of rock and rollers, actors, groupies and wandering flower children. In this clip, Pyne attempts to scramble Marvin’s already scrambled signals. Pyne, an ex-Marine, was notorious for his loathing of hippies, beatniks and pinkos. He was the Bill O’Reilly of the sixties…without any intellectual pretense.

Witness Marvin as he boldly confronts Pyne and the screaming tomato.
 

 
Joe Pyne locks horns with Anton LaVey after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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10.02.2010
02:22 am
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What if The Beatles had never discovered drugs or broken up?
10.01.2010
12:27 pm
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A pretty wonderful skit from UK comedians Harry and Paul.
 

 
Thx Brian Kehew !

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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10.01.2010
12:27 pm
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Pat Robertson exposes the downlow homo lifestyle
10.01.2010
04:53 am
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From wearing his mother’s red patent leather ‘fuck me’ pumps to 4 or 5 sexual encounters with men everyday and finally into the arms of Jesus and a loving wife, the inspiring story of Tony the Black homosexual who crawled out of the dark hole of the downlow lifestyle.
 

 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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10.01.2010
04:53 am
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One hell of a nightmare: The Olsen twins slowed down
09.23.2010
09:28 pm
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This is really, really creepy stuff.

(via HYST)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.23.2010
09:28 pm
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Honky TV: Britain’s racist Black And White Minstrel Show
09.23.2010
02:10 am
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The Black And White Minstrel Show was a hugely popular variety program that ran on British TV from 1958 to 1978. Yes, you read that correctly. This throwback to an era in which men performing in black face was perfectly respectable entertainment was a big hit in England right up to 1978. Good gawd almighty.

One hundred years after the “Nigger Minstrel” entertainment tradition had begun in London’s music-halls, the convention was revived on television in the form of The Black And White Minstrel Show. This variety series was first screened on BBC Television on 14 June 1958 and it was to stay on air for over the next two decades. The Black And White Minstrel Show evolved from the “Swannee River” type minstrel radio shows. The Black And White Minstrel Show harked back to a specific period and location—the Deep South where coy White women could be seen being wooed by docile, smiling black slaves. The black men were, in fact, White artists “Blacked-up.” The racist implications of the premise of the programme were yet to be widely acknowledged or publicly discussed. But it was this which largely led to the programme’s eventual demise. ” Museum Of Broadcast Communications

This clip is from the last episode of The Black And White Minstrel Show which aired in 1978.
 

 
More fun with Negroes after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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09.23.2010
02:10 am
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‘Gumby’ creator Art Clokey describes his acid trip
09.18.2010
10:03 pm
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The late animation genius, Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby, describes his experiences in the sixties when he was given LSD by his psychiatrist. From the Emmy award-winning documentary, Gumby Dharma.
 


Via Planet Paul

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.18.2010
10:03 pm
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Amazing crop circle discovery?
09.16.2010
04:39 pm
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Women in search of crop circles in Wiltshire, England make an amazing discovery, a rare find, a crop circle!  This results in a collective spiritual epiphany. The video was broadcast on Norwegian television as documented evidence of the existence of crop circles. The film makers had no idea that the ‘crop circle’ was created by Quite Interesting Ltd. as part of a promotional campaign for a BBC TV show called ‘Q.I.’. The poor gullible ladies in the video must have been deeply disappointed to discover their magical find was, in actuality, an advertisement.

“I feel a pain in my head.”

Posted by Marc Campbell
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09.16.2010
04:39 pm
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Did Utah State Fair pull TV ads because they’re too Negro?
09.14.2010
04:04 am
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These ads for the Utah State Fair were pulled from television this past week and the actor who stars in them, Markus T. Boddie, wonders if it might not be racially motivated. Utah State Fair Board members claim the ads “weren’t right” and found them offensive. I think they’re hilarious. They were directed by Jared Hess who helmed the equally quirky Napoleon Dynamite.

Boddie’s performance in the commercials is the stuff of superstardom. Boddie says he was channeling his inner “Barry White.”

“The spirit that we were trying to go for was the old ‘70s singers,” Boddie said. “They were ultrasmooth, ultracool and they could say anything and make it sound good.”

Director Hess expressed concern that the ads were pulled because Boddie is Black.

The ads have been replaced with a little white girl grooming a cow.

If the Utah State Fair is even half as fun as these ads, I’d consider going. Big mistake for pulling them.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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09.14.2010
04:04 am
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We are not at war against Islam
09.11.2010
12:17 pm
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Credit where credit is due: Our man in the Whitehouse throws down the undeniable truth about mosques and Muslims.

‎“We don’t differentiate between them and us. It’s just us.”
 
via Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter feed

Posted by Brad Laner
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09.11.2010
12:17 pm
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Real life models for ‘Mad Men’ characters
09.10.2010
06:25 pm
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Fascinating think piece about advertising in the 1960s (and a little beyond) from Century of the Self documentarian Adam Curtis that sheds some interesting light on the actual historical Madison Avenue figures that certain characters from Mad Men seem to be based on.

For instance, although the deeply complex and anxious Don Draper character was obviously invented, there were certainly men in advertising during the era whose accomplishments and attitudes towards their craft might be seen to have an influence on how Draper is drawn, to wit, Rosser Reeves, legendary chairmen of the Ted Bates agency and pioneer of television advertising.

In his book, Reality in Advertising, Reeves delineated the concept of the USP or unique selling point. The idea was to condense the products’ benefits into as direct a statement as possible and then carpet-bomb the population with the advertising campaign so that this message penetrated the mass consciousness

Reeves’ favourite slogan was the one that he—and Don Draper—came up with for Lucky Strike: “It’s Toasted.”

If you are a fan of the series, Curtis’s essay is a must read:

Other than Herta Herzog there were few women in high positions in Madison Avenue. But then Shirley Polykoff rose up because she invented the phrase for Miss Clairol hair colour bath - “Does She, or Doesn’t She?”

Polykoff is the model for Peggy Olsen in Mad Men. She was a junior copywriter at Foote Cone and Belding and she was convinced that women should be allowed to be what they wanted to be - and she expressed that through a series of adverts for Clairol.

Clairol’s products allowed women to colour their hair themselves at home for the first time. But there was widespread social disapproval - only “chorus girls” coloured their hair. Polykoff broke that. For Nice ‘n Easy, Clairol’s combined shampoo and colour she wrote - “The closer he gets, the better you look”.

And then for Lady Clairol - which allowed you to become a platinum blonde for the first time - Polykoff wrote one of the greatest slogans ever:

“If I’ve only one life, let me live it as a blonde”

This campaign was running when Betty Friedan was just finishing The Feminine Mystique. She was so “bewitched” by the slogan, and its message, that she went out and bought some Lady Clairol and bleached her hair.

Madison Avenue (Adam Curtis Blog)
 
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Thank you, Michael Backes of Los Angeles, California!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.10.2010
06:25 pm
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