I was twelve years old when I first heard the work of George Carlin on a late-night illicit HBO binge, and was immediately transformed by his humor and use of language. Even today, his perspective forms the foundation of most of what I find funny (Stephen estimates that 25% of my jokes are Carlin riffs, but that seems high and also mean.) Still, knowing George’s voice and material the way I do, I always get angry when someone forwards me some homespun “Aw, shucks, can’t we do better than this” glurge and credits it to George. There are at least half a dozen different stupid internet essays that I’ve seen improperly attributed, and EVERY SINGLE TIME, I get angry and disgusted with the universe and it’s population (which seems like a very Carlin responde to foolishness) which leads us to today’s contentious query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also hates when vulgar, inferior song parodies are inevitiably credited to Weird Al Yankovic, asking: Do you have a pop culture berzerk button, something that makes you angry EVERY TIME you hear it?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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3 Comments

  1. Alisha
    January 28, 2015 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Parody songs that are credited to Weird Al that aren’t actually his. It just bugs me on multiple levels, such as when it is a good parody and the creator isn’t getting due credit or when the song is terrible and is being blamed on Weird Al (and yes, I’ve seen plenty of angry posts online by people who thought he should be ashamed for a parody he didn’t even create).

    I get extremely frustrated when people call Digimon a Pokemon rip-off. Neither franchise is truly original to be completely fair, but Digimon actually predates Pokemon by a couple of years. It would be like saying Power Rangers came before Super Sentai just because that was the one you saw first (surprisingly there are people who think that).

    And generally any “If you like X franchise/genre, you can’t like Y franchise/genre” or “People who like X aren’t true fans of Y”. Just because Star Wars is my favorite sci-fi franchise doesn’t mean I can’t like Star Trek. Just because Green Lantern is my favorite superhero concept doesn’t mean I don’t also enjoy Avengers or Spider-Man comics too.

  2. January 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Sharing comics and other art and going out of your way to cut out the creator’s signature and/or URL. There is a special place in hell for these people. Doubly so if they alter the caption to suit some bull$#!t political statement.

    • Alisha
      January 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm — Reply

      Art theft pushes a lot of my buttons.

      For example, several years back I commissioned a friend to create an image of female MMPR Green and Zeo Gold rangers to accompany a story I wrote for a dying friend.
      http://craigjohn.deviantart.com/art/Female-Power-Rangers-40428025

      I have seen so many people using it and claiming they did it, including people who use it as an example for their own work alongside several other images all by other artists. I really don’t mind if others like it or want to use it, just credit the actual creator if you do.

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