Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Another installment of "Yes, but is it satire?"

First off, the answer to last week's installment, which asked you to consider whether Barrio Mobile's "La Migra" ringtone was satirical. The short answer: yes. The longer answer: weak satire at best. Hey, nobody said making satire was easy - just thankless. Sorry, Charlie!

And speaking of Charlies, this week's installment relates to something I haven't been able to get out of my mind for months. Some folks dubbed new audio over scenes from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and renamed it A Charlie Brown Kwanzaa. (Warning: language in this audio is absolutely not safe for work listening.)

Actually, I'm not even convinced it's African Americans who did the voiceovers, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I haven't asked the creators of this redub a single question about it. That's merely a digression from the real question here - do you think it satirizes the original Christmas special?
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Satire pervades the web, seeping into mailboxes and mainstream news like a spilled cup of coffee. It stains and it won't go away.

The Bitter Cup is a collaborative blog for members of HumorFeed, a collaborative of satire and humor sites that has been making trouble since 2003.