Archive for June, 2008

Burst Your Bubble: BK Burger Shots

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Burger Shots Commercial

Update:  I found the video!

In their years-long quest to piss off every female on the planet, Burger King has unveiled a new incredibly offensive advertisement for their burger shots–mini hamburgers that come in packs of two or six. 

Unfortunately, after an hour of internet research, I figured out that these burger shots are currently only available in select markets like Providence and Denver so not many people know about the burgers or the ads yet.  I cannot find a video clip anywhere, but if you visit this website you can see screen shots of the stupidity.  On a related note, as I was searching the web for “burger shots” I found out that the phrase is a derogatory term for photos of female genitalia and/or the act of punching a woman in the vaginal area.   Way to go, Burger King.  You might want to rethink the name before unveiling these globally. 

Anyway, here’s the lowdown on the ad:  Two average guys are sitting on a bench, one eating a large BK burger and one who cracks open a package of two small burger shots.  Immediately, a beautiful woman (with cleavage aplenty!) appears and starts cooing over the burgers.  As the camera pans back and forth between the man and woman, more women keep popping up until he’s surrounded by seven women who are very excited about his burgers.  At first, I thought the ad was poking fun at the played out scenario of women fawning over men with babies because one of the women exclaims “ooo! Look at the little burgers.”  But there’s a ton of sexual innuendo too that makes the ad even more creepy and stupid.  Besides the cleavage, many of the women are borderline moaning in this ad and some reach out to touch the guy’s lap.  Another woman says “I just wanna squeeze them” as the average Joe holds his pair of burgers proudly in the air.  As this ad plays over and over on TV, I’m beginning to think of this guy’s burger shots as little beefy testicles…shudder. 

 I will post a link to the video, if it ever makes it online.

Burst Your Bubble: Tim Russert

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Back in high school, it was a friend who first introduced me to American politics.  She was a die hard Democrat at the time and often spent her Sunday mornings closely watching Meet the Press.  She also enjoyed watching hours of C-Span and memorizing films such as The American President and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  She wanted to attend college to learn about screenwriting so she could pen important political films like Saving Private Ryan, Primary Colors or Legally Blonde. 

Sometime around her 16th birthday, my family and I took a vacation to Cape Cod and in a gift shop I found stuffed elephants and donkeys dressed in patriotic outfits.  What a perfect birthday present!  The only problem was that I had no idea which animal represented which political party.  I asked my parents—they didn’t have a clue.  So I purchased both, thinking that one would make a nice gift and the other could be used for target practice. 

After feeling embarrassed about my political naiveté, I decided to smarten up and pay attention.  I started gauging my personal beliefs and matching them to the appropriate candidates and political action groups.  At the end of high school and in college, I registered for political science classes.  Although my friend introduced me to Meet the Press in 1997, I didn’t start watching it myself until the lead up to the 2000 presidential election.  I spent many nights in college watching election coverage on MSNBC where Meet the Press’s moderator, Tim Russert, was a regular talking head.  The 2000 election was my first chance to vote and I really enjoyed Tim’s enthusiasm about politics.  No matter how late at night he was on television, he always seemed giddy and happy to be doing his job.  I’ve been a die hard Russert fan for 8 years.   

Given my personal journey in caring about politics, I am completely heartbroken about the death of Tim Russert.  I was skimming my Google Feed Reader on Friday afternoon and saw a post from Perez Hilton (oh, the shame!) about his death; at first, I didn’t believe it.  A visit to CNN and MSNBC confirmed his death.  What a loss for this country and our media. 

Watching Meet the Press had become a Sunday morning ritual in my house.  While eating cereal in our pajamas, my partner and I would talk to the television as if we were watching a basketball game.  “Yeah McCain, what do you think about that weapons report?!”  “Ohhhh, Tim’s going to bring up her speech in Iowa!  Snap!” 

When I first started watching Meet the Press, I often found myself frustrated because I couldn’t figure out Tim Russert’s political agenda.  Was he a conservative Catholic?  Liberal Democrat?  Socialist?  One week he would call President Bush to the carpet (Go Tim!), only to be equally critical of a Democrat on the next show.  It took me several months to figure out that his political ambiguity was a gift to all viewers because it meant that he was sticking to the ethical code for journalists.  Although I love op-ed pieces in the newspaper and personal opinions in blogs, it was refreshing to watch a professional journalist ask important questions without showing a personal bias. 

If you did not catch today’s Meet the Press tribute to Tim Russert, please check it out here.  The whole show was very moving and I learned a lot about the man behind the moderator.  Rest in peace, Tim. 

Burst Your Bubble: Moment of Truth

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I made the mistake of turning on the TV Tuesday night and catching a glimpse at one of the most soulless reality/game shows ever created–Fox’s The Moment of Truth.  For those unfamiliar with the format, thank your lucky stars as I try to recap. Contestants are put through lie detector testing prior to being on the show.  They are asked all sorts of awful and intruding questions, about secret desires, family hardships, true feelings about awkward situations, etc.  The contestant is then interrogated on stage in front of an audience and a few of the contestant’s closest friends and family.  The whole purpose of the show is to humiliate the contestant as they respond to questions for money.  The higher the stakes, the tougher the questions.  The host, Mark L. Wahlberg (from the equally intelligent show Temptation Island), adds more drama by constanly evaluating the seriousness of the questions and telling the contestant that they can walk away at any time with the money that they have already earned.   The lovely episode that I caught on Tuesday included questions such as “As a waitress at Hooters, did you ever have sex with a customer?”  YES.  “Were you ever hospitalized for an eating disorder?”  YES.  The contestant also crushed the soul of her best friend, who was live on stage, when asked “Do you think your best friend will ever be a professional musician?”  The answer was NO.  The audience gasped collectively as the camera zoomed into a shot of the best friend’s face.  I turned it off before they reached the $25,000 round.