Episode 71 — Ironic Hitler Teapot
Posted 07 March 2013 - 12:02 AM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:03 AM
This episode was awesome. Always nice to hear something about Matt's dad, who is very interesting.
Edit: Matt's shirt could have been a suggestion because there has to be a story for that thing.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 01:31 PM
Great Case Closed, that led to some really funny scenes.
Speaking of Hitler... I came across a really weird Hitler t-shirt in a Goodwill like 8-10 years ago and bought it because I thought it was funny enough to spend 2 bucks on and have in my closet to show friends. Plus I couldn't believe it existed and was for sale at an arguably religious non-profit. I did some research on it and found the origin of the shirt:
The guy is claiming to not be a Nazi, but according to other things I've heard he was legitimately paying tribute, but acting like it was a joke.
So somehow one of the employee shirts made it to a Goodwill store in Maine. I just took pictures for you guys. Click for bigger images.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 03:07 PM
Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:36 PM
VERY interesting case-closed, and I'm happy that a picture of the Hitler teapot was posted. It was far more hilarious than I pictured. I enjoyed the double-guesting with the two writers on the phone, it led to a very good back and forth between everyone and I liked how you kept coming back to them after each subsequent scene. There were interesting arguments made on all sides and it's not often that you hear people who weigh in on case closed laugh as much as these two did. A nice, amiable environment helped for sure.
I, too, cannot stand when journalists insist on using anonymous sources in their articles and shouldn't really be allowed to rely on them. That's total bullshit.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 05:52 PM
If that happened, Star and Us Weekly magazine, etc would cease to exist.
I really enjoyed the Case Closed segment. I thought it was very interesting. All I think I decided was that it bugs me when people do something shitty and then just claim irony. It's super boring.
And I think I can understand how having a new view on the artist wouldn't change your original perception of the art. Like, if someone painted me a really nice picture of my grandma that I really loved and thought was beautiful and a great representation of her. Then years later the artist is like, "Jokes on you dummy! I actually hate your fucking grandma!" It probably wouldn't change the fact that it's a nice picture that I really like.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:25 AM
1) Never have I disagreed with Matt so much as I did over his Shel Silverstein blast. If you want to see how great a writer, and subtle comedian he was, read UNCLE SHELBY'S ABZ BOOK. The only complaint I had about Shel growing up was that every single theater or speech teacher I ever had, made us do prose from the books.
2) The case-closed segment was wonderful and created a great conversation last night among my friends at a hockey game. Even if the artist is trying to be 'ironic' it does not and would never count because the harm of that irony, by way of inspiring those that actually believe that, is too great. People who are supporters of the Nazi party or holocaust deniers, won't care if he ever came out later and said, 'Oh, it was just me pulling a big ironic joke on all of you'. They will take whatever they got out of the time period and the art and never care about what comes out later. I think this is a great discussion that has come up within comedy as well with people creating statements on race or discrimination in a broad sense (and I've heard this discussed on Earwolf before) but racists pick apart pieces of those things to make memes and what have you, that actually support racism and antisemitism. It isn't the fault of the comedian, but it is something that has to be considered and understood by them when doing these takes.
3) As far as it goes with citing anonymous sources in reporting, I have to defend her here (I do actually have a degree in journalism from the University of Texas). Day one in Media Ethics class, we discuss sources and my professor made it clear that as reporters we had a responsibility to use them for every fact and that we were allowed to use them without reference but only if it was for the greater good. He also put on us to police ourselves and one another on this front, meaning that if we had a suspicion that a fellow reporter was just making it up, that we should turn our attention on them. Of course, it is the job of the editor to confirm a source is real before allowing a story to go out, but in our modern age there are actually very few editors and almost no supervision. That being said the citation was pretty vague with 'laughing at studio owners' or whatever and while I think she's right to use the source, it does seem a bit iffy on what exactly is being attributed there and the story would probably be a bit stronger with a hinting at that idea without going so far as to cite anonymous witnesses.
4-God did I wanted to see the face of the man (sorry, I lost who that was) as Matt tried to get him to say the N-word.
Great episode again.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:48 AM
Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:12 PM
I thought this ep was strong all around. Loved the first scene when Matt figured out the make and model then had to figure out the song that was playing.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:23 PM
Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:07 AM
Besser you need to pitch a show to comedy central where you do a roundtable on hot button things like Bill Maher does but cut to interstitial sketches based on the things being said.
Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:36 PM