A Bit Disappointed

marzgurl | Feb 18 2010 | more 

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.
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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.

  • OH … I hear you! I recently got some interesting feedback on a Video of mine. I “review” Video Games using a puppet character… it is meant to be completely silly and funny, but many people were upset that the puppet “Really Didn’t Review the game” or “say what system he played it on”.

    Also, I was criticized having the puppet obscure the green screen. Isn’t the whole Idea of a Puppet being able to see it work? It’s just a Voice the other way.

    The only question I ask is, were they actually taking a Puppet’s views on a Video game seriously, thinking it was an actual review?

    that’s a scary thought.

  • ThatDouche

    Screw those people who don’t get the joke. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times: I loved, loved, loved that “I Got a Brand New Car” sketch. It’s one of the best thing you’ve done for TGWTG.com. I haven’t laugh that hard in awhile and considering the bad week I’ve been having, that sketch was just what I needed. Thank you for writing such a funny song, thank you. Have you considered posted a MP3 of the it?

    • I do have it in mp3 format, and I’ll probably put up a sub-section on my site here for mp3s of things I’ve done, like this, if people really did enjoy it.

  • RaiderRich2001

    Yeah, really don’t get the hate either. Are Gundam fans that stupid?

  • I loved the song, I thought it was catchy and the parody lyrics were amusing. I don’t get calling it a lie or bringing journalistic integrity into something that you set up quite well as a joke.

  • People are so stupid and the Internet allows them to be stupid and mean at the same time with no consequences.
    Please don’t let them discourage you from making more funny stuff 🙁

  • SdeS

    I’m sorry, Marz, but I think you’re just making a whole lot of noise about what, maybe, a couple of people out of the hundreds of viewers that follow you said in a drunken stupor. Someone always is going to show up and say something stupid about anything that you do, either with the intention of being a troll, or just out of sheer idiocy. Therefore, giving their empty words this level of attention only makes them feel like they accomplished something or whatever makes these people tick.

    So please, just ignore the noise and go ahead and do the job (Blip pays you, so it’s sort of a job XD) that you have done so well so far. At least you’re not getting conspiracy theorists on your back like James and Doug….

    • Aren

      I have to agree with SdeS.

      By the posting about this, you are actually showing that these comments DO bother you. If they didn’t bother you, would you really post about it? The answer is likely no, because it wouldn’t even cross your mind to do so.

      Quote from “A Bit Disappointed”:

      “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.”

      The fact is they *did* tell you they didn’t like it — by calling you a liar. If they had wanted to be polite or constructive about it, they would have.

      Making yourself ignore the comments if they’re bothering you isn’t really the whole solution. You might want to take a look at why these comments even register on your radar.

      You don’t need to get your self-worth tied up in your work. If you’re looking for the praise or acceptance of others to measure your worth, you have a long, hard road ahead of you.

  • tony1z

    resisting…urge…to make…family guy reference…YOU’RE A PHONY! HEY EVERYONE, LOOK WHO LIVES HERE, A PHONY

  • That’s just bullshit. Being that angry at you for some lyrics, a sketch and it’s background is an example of the worst representation of fans: when they become purists obsessed with the original product.
    You shouldn’t pay any attention to those losers with no life of their own. Just keep on with your ideas and your good work, for us your TRUE fans.

    😀

  • Modern journalism was built on the back of editorials; opinions, news, features, all of these are legitimate facets of journalism, it’s just that they all have differing ethical guidelines. Also, a comedy sketch not having “journalistic integrity”?

    Some of your more negatively inclined (maybe even positively, to be fair) viewers are insipid imbeciles that use words they have no scope of understanding, if this is the kind of complaint they have made. Editorials have the least ethical concerns; Hell, the current Ethics course I am taking right now, led by a PULITZER PRIZE WINNING FORMER EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, has lectured the class because some of them have chosen editorials to write ethics papers on and that’s a failure because it’s Non. Applicable.

    (Sorry, didn’t mean to yell there, but I never know what forms will accept HTML or not.)

    Really; such catastrophic failures by part of these… “critics”. One of the chief lessons of online journalism or online forums in general is that detractors are vocal while supporters are generally not; it’s just the way it is, and you’re better-suited to simply take solely constructive critiques and disregard anything that is all feeling and no substance.

    No worries; I’m not trying to force a label on you if you do not want it. But you’re listening to complaints from people who literally have no inkling of the profession they’re trying to speak with any sense of authority on. For all intents and purposes, their opinions on this matter are meaningless; and I think that’s exactly how you should regard them.