NBC’s no longer
slinging injunctions against YouTube for hosting clips from Saturday Night
Live. In fact, they’re getting in on the party and have posted a couple
segments from Justin Timberlake’s host/musical guest one two punch this past
Saturday. If you’ve somehow missed the water cooler musical..parody? let’s just say bit of the season, it’scalled ‘Dick in a Box’ and it features Andy
Samberg and JT. During the broadcast the word ‘dick’ was censored but in what
appears to be the first move of its kind SNL
generously removed the bleep on the version they released to YouTube which you
can see here.
I had some thoughts
on the matter, reasonably serious thoughts, but not quite serious enough inspire a well-crafted diatribe. This e-mail exchange between D. and myself kind of covers it, and then there’s your compulsory trash talking.
ME: Janet shows a
little tittie and it's the biggest scandal of the century so far. Justin sings
a very sexplicit song about putting his dick in box, it winds up on YouTube
which many, many more children watch than halftime at the fucking SuperBowl, and he's the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Sliced WHITE bread. I'm calling racist double standard bullshit on that.
Funny skit though.
That Andy Shambaugh gets on my nerves, however
oh, and sexist. with
a little jacksonphobia in there.
D: you're absolutely
right. like, right on point. but at this point, i'm not about
pitching the two against each other. janet is as nasty as she wants to be
too... (her wardrobe malfunction is also on yourube) and i have a feeling
that had youtube and xtube been as popular then as they are now, the
"scandal" would have played out differently. she just happened
to show her tit when the nation needed something trite to focus on... the
world is so fucked up now that i don't think she would have gotten the same
play... three years into the war. she would have been scoffed at...
“One of the first
YouTube clips I ever saw was lost performance footage of a godhead ax solo
Prince performed at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. If
(this) performance were given to me as an MP3 file I wouldn’t have cared about
(it). This illuminates one of those depressing paradoxes about rock ‘n’ roll:
very often, profoundly exceptional guitar playing is boring to listen to.”
Chuck Klosterman in Esquire.
He goes on to describe how flawless, masterful guitar playing just sounds
effortless, or studio-enhanced, unless you can actually see the sinewy,
athletic and uninhibtedly sexual act of rocking that shit out. Case in point is said Prince
Weatiez, the YouTube flexing celebrity I wrote about in this piece
in The Advocate, has gotten a tattoo since the article came out and seems eager
to flaunt it. I guess he wasn’t as rattled by all the gay attention as I feared
he would be. In fact, with his lower-slung-than-ever sweatpants and pretty
unfocussed flexing moves that feel like merely a front to show some skin, I’d say he seems a couple significant steps
closer to male stripper status. There's just something sluttier about this whole clip. I suppose my work of corrupting the morals of
the nation’s youth is done—for now.
My story on straight
guys who post work out videos of themselves on YouTube and the
gay guys who follow and e-flirt with them--much to the straight guy's pleasure—is online at advocate.com. This strapping fellow showing off in his parent's basement is Weatiez, the first guy I spotted posting these videos.
I have to give a big
shout out to Matt at DudeTube who really helped me
get my head around this whole phenomenon.