Sunday, June 11, 2006

More Internet Crap

In the great Vern's review of X-Men: The Last Stand, he describes an incident during the screening:
I never understood all this talk about "geekgasm" and what not until I saw the reaction to Juggernaut's big scene. Alot of people were whooping and hollering but one particular guy got so excited he actually jumped to his feet and pumped his fists in the air yelling "YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHH!!!! FUCK YEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!" well into the next scene, and I swear people were ducking for cover just in case he really did shoot his wad all over the rows in front of him.

If you scroll down the page, this fellow "Quint" explains that what set off the geekgasm was that at one point, Juggy says "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!" This is a reference to one of those mysterious internet memes where somebody cobbles something together, puts it on the web, and then the sort of people who get obsessed with these sorts of things get obsessed over them. Seeing the internet meme get referenced in mainstream culture provides some recognition and acknowledgement of their subculture, hence the geekgasm.

This "Juggernaut Bitch" meme is, as Quint describes it, "a fucking hilarious over-dubbing of an X-MEN cartoon." One commentator says he "gut-laughed during that video." Wikipedia claims that "the video has become so popular it has inspired spin-offs." Plus there was the guy at Vern's screening.

So this "Juggernaut Bitch" video must be really funny, right? Well, see for yourself, from somebody who proclaims that if "
the actual cartoon was dubbed over by this guy, it would have made it about 10,000 times more appealing."

Uh, no. If you sat through that past the first minute, then you're a far more patient man than me. This is the sort of thing that might have amused me for an afternoon in 8th grade if a friend and I had sat around one Saturday doing the voices, but beyond that, this is completely idiotic. I can't believe this thing is 9 minutes long and people beyond this guy's circle of friends at school have sat through it. Is it too much to ask for geeks to geek out over something original, or witty, or in some other way showing evidence that it was made by somebody with an ounce of talent?


At Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 5:19:00 PM PDT, Anonymous doafy said...

but see, adam, it's so funny when non-black characters use stereotypical "urban" Samuel L. Jackson-esque language. Also, the word "bitch" is, you know, edgy.

uh... I got through about 90 seconds. Till the other guy comes in with his "pimp cane."

Reminds me when one of my students asked me if it was ok if they ended every sentence in their skit with "ya bitch!"

I said no.


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