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okt 2 2007

Talk to your daughter, before the beauty industry does

If you’re going to watch only one commercial this year, this one is not a bad candidate: Dove onslaught. “Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does”, is the message. Can’t help but feeling it’s kinda twisted that the sponsor of this campaign is Dove, who are themselves in the business of thigh-firming cream and skin lotion, but nonetheless: a powerful message. And a brilliantly edited movie!

As soon as she gets home this evening from her daycare, I’ll have a word with my daughter for sure!
Maud, sit down for a minute, I have something to say to you. No matter what anyone wants you to believe, no matter what the commercials and billboards say to you, you are you and that is a good thing. Don’t let anyone talk you into believing your eyes are a bit crooked or your nose is a bit thick or your thighs look like that man from Michelin, you’re beautiful just the way you are“, I’ll say to her.
“Da da, mmm oohoh mmmm iiiiiie” is her most likely answer.

Maud met ballen

apr 19 2007

Talk to the hand

Oh, what would I be without the wonders of the net (in this case Dailymotion – a better, european youtube – and the “highly influential” blogger Michel Vuijlsteke who spotted the film there): I totally would’ve missed the television highlight of the year: Gringo from VT4’s Temptation Island!

High on something really good (the same thing Ellen Feiss got before her famous Apple-ad, methinks), he receives the news of his girlfriend fooling around by changing his language (he switches from his usual West-Flemish accent to an even stranger-sounding Dutch) and by telling his girlfriend that she now “can climb up the highest coconut tree and pick nuts like a monkey” and that when he’ll meet her again he’ll tell her “talk to the hands cause the face don’t won’t to hear it anymore”, that he “from now on is single, and his number is 0473 xxxxxx”.

Talk to the hand(s)” is used here of course in a reference to Luc Besson’s “The Fifth Element”, not with the Jerry Springer trash talk most would think. Just look at the synopsis of this film : “Every five millennia, when three planets are in eclipse, evil is embodied and attempts to turn all light to darkness and all life to death. The weapon against this evil is is activated by bringing together the five elements of the universe: the first four are water, fire, earth, and air, and the fifth element is love, embodied in a Perfect Being.” And that’s what El Gringo just has lost. Deep. Deep…

nov 23 2006

Big brother second life

How’s this for ironic absurdity: Big Brother, the television show that coined the term “Reality TV” now extends their version of reality (stupid games, getting watched 24/24, raunchy talk, endless themesongs, and boredom, boredom, boredom …) to the virtual reality. They’re producing a show in the virtual world “Second Life”, glass house ’n all: Big Brother Second Life. The contestants they’re looking for: “if you’re able to spend at least 8 hours a day in the virtual house from December 1 to 31st” you can go for the magnificent prize: a tropical island! (in the second life environment).

So to sum it up: this is gonna become a unreal reality show with contestants that are selected from the fact they have no life outside second life. And you (the audience) get to watch real avatars!

From the Endemol-press release:

Endemol is the first television producer in the world to establish a branch in Second Life. Managing Director Paul Rmer: The role of online communities is becoming increasingly important. As a producer of cross-media content, Big Brother Second Life represents a fantastic opportunity to amass knowledge of the virtual world. In the future we will use this experience to develop specific content for online communities. Big Brother is the perfect format. Now that its been seen by 2 billion viewers all over the world, it is now time to conquer the virtual world.

Which is lacking a bit in grasping the ironic absurdity of the setup I’m afraid. It’s a new frontier for them to be conquered (after their previous conquests in morality – the pregnant woman in the house – or general good taste).
Starting December 1, on a screen near you (safe to say: that will probably not be anywhere near my screen).

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