Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Inbox Full Of Angry Mail

Oh for Christ’s sake.

Peter Rabbit filmmakers and the studio behind it are apologizing for insensitively depicting a character’s allergy in the film that has prompted backlash online.
Sony Pictures said Sunday in a joint statement with the filmmakers that “food allergies are a serious issue” and the film “should not have made light” of a character being allergic to blackberries “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way.”
In Peter Rabbit which was released this weekend, the character of Mr. McGregor is allergic to blackberries. The rabbits fling the fruit at him in a scene and he is forced to use an EpiPen.
The charity group Kids with Food Allergies posted a warning about the scene on its Facebook page Friday prompting some on Twitter to start using the hashtag, #boycottpeterrabbit. The group said that allergy jokes are harmful to their community and that making light of the condition “encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously.”

If we must interpret this somehow, why not look at it as a lesson about problem solving and resourcefulness? Or maybe we could shut the hell up and let the kids enjoy their movie. There’s also that.

Best News Bloopers Of 2017, Part Two

Here’s the second part of the 2017 news blooper compilation. You can catch up on part one here.

The weather is kind of like Harvey Weinstein today…

And before any of my fellow blind kids ask, the answer is no, I have no idea what’s going on with the music that keeps cutting in and out starting around the 10:30 mark after the irritating put a jacket on woman. But it does go to the end of the video it seems, so if you’re not one who can enjoy whatever the visuals are, feel free to move along with your day at that point.

Part One Of 2017’s Best News Bloopers, Plus A Bonus Song Parody

In some ways 2017 felt like one giant, never ending news blooper, but things weren’t all misery, believe it or not.

Oh, like on a playground!

And to the folks taking on the one chip challenge, this one’s for you.

lyrics and a play button are here, in case the embedded player doesn’t work for you.

Yes, there’s a part two. I’ll toss it up in the next day or so, once you’ve hopefully had some time to digest this one.

A Year In News Bloopers

As the mixed bag of 2017 gives way to the opportunity and renewal of 2018, it is time to look back and reflect on the year that was 2016. No friends, that is not a typographical error on my part. It seems I never got around to posting the damn news blooper compilation for that year, so I shall rectify that now.

Question: Whose bright idea was it to stick a news story featuring the phrase “emergency defecation situation” right before one about some poor sap getting sucked out of an airplane? I feel bad for the woman who had to try to read that.

An Interesting Video On Foley Recording, A.K.A. How They Get All Those Sounds Into The Movies

Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show and wondered where all of the sounds came from? Believe it or not (it may be hard to believe if you know me), even though I was always fascinated by recording, I never really did. I always just assumed that they either filmed in whatever conditions they needed or dubbed in stock sound effects. I did, however, spend a lot of childhood time trying to recreate sounds with objects (fire from crinkling paper or plastic or somebody falling down a flight of stairs with an old lunchbox, for instance) and recording them. So imagine my surprise when I got a little older and learned about the art of Foley recording. My silly little pastime had a name, people got paid for it and it was arguably one of the most important parts of the entire process. How about that?

Unfortunately I’ve never gotten the chance to meet a Foley artist (the couple times I’ve been in a studio with a Foley room nobody was there), so I’ve never been able to ask all of the how do you guys do that questions I know I’d have if the opportunity ever presented itself. But until it does, at least I’ll have this video to fill in some of the blanks.

Some Cool Facts To Nerd Up To

Not sure what exactly compelled Gill to write this, but the TV show she mentions is absolutely a real one.

It’s getting cold outside, but here in Nerd Power Central it’s toasty warm. Here I am to serve up some freshly baked facts and help you increase your nerd power. So go grab a hot drink, sit on down and chill, because it’s about to be a nerd party in here.

Around It Goes

Did you know that when the planet Uranus goes around the moon it tilts on its side? It would take approximately eight hours to travel from close to the sun to Uranus.

Since When Was That ok?

We head from the super cool, to the I can’t believe they aired that. In September 1990 a British production company, attempting to capitalize on 1950’s sitcoms like I Love Lucy brought out Heil Honey I’m Home. Don’t worry friends the tasteless train’s on it’s way to Bad Idea Junction. The supposed sitcom featured a modern day Hitler living with his whatever Ava was next to a Jewish couple called the Bronstines. Thankfully, although eight episodes were produced only one aired.

You Know What To Do

If you have any cool facts to share about anything send them, and help us build more Nerd Power.

Help Support Accessible Media Inc.

As happens often these days, here I am putting this up just before the deadline.

AMI’s broadcast licenses are up for renewal next August, and part of the process of making sure AMI stays available to all involves getting letters of support.

We don’t watch it all the time, but it is a place for programming that might not find a home otherwise. Plus, it’s kind of cool to go there and know that whatever is playing is described, and if it weren’t for AMI, we wouldn’t have all those commercials about described video which, although some of them are ridiculous, make a point and get people talking more. Yes, I’m looking at you, bacon/rainforest commercial.

If you want to add a letter of support, submit it via this comment form. Check the box for AMI, fill out all the required fields, attach any files if you’re that keen and hit submit. It doesn’t look like there are any mean CAPTCHAs lying in wait.

The deadline is Friday, so hurry hurry hurry!

Damn You, Bus!

The Georgia Dome was imploded last week. It was quite the thing. Here is what it looked like as covered by NewsChannel 5.

And here it is as filmed by the Weather Channel.

I feel bad for this poor camera man (40 minutes of perfect streaming and then this happens), but I can’t stop laughing at him.

Film Him Right In The Pokey

Listen, guys. You know how some of you enjoy yelling “fuck her right in the pussy” at female news reporters in the hopes that you’ll get on TV and impress all your buddies and maybe even become internet famous for 30 or 40 seconds or whatever the fuck? It’s not funny. Ever. It is, as has been pointed out many times, sexual harassment. Also, it is just plain dumb. If you do it, you are dumb. You may not be quite as dumb as the gentleman who did it outside of a police station during an interview with a police officer, but you are still dumb. Dumb enough that I’ll bet right now you are killing whatever brain cells are somehow managing to keep you alive as you slap your forehead in frustration because you didn’t think of being that dumb first.

Hamilton police have arrested a man for causing a disturbance after a CHCH news reporter was sexually harassed on the job for the third time this week.
Reporter Britt Dixon was interviewing an officer outside the Hamilton police central station Friday when a truck drove by with its windows down and a person yelled, “f– k her right in the p—y.”
“I was like what? Again? In front of a police officer?” Dixon said.
The truck parked outside the station and the officer went over to it, Dixon said. When the man who yelled at her walked by to go into the station, she said he asked him why he did it, to which he replied “because everyone in the States does it.”

The man who yelled at Dixon outside the station is in custody, Const. Jerome Stewart said Friday evening.
“The Hamilton Police Service will continue to investigate this incident,” he said.

For some reason, Dixon decided not to press charges, but since the incident was witnessed by police, they were pressed anyway. The man’s name was not released, but he is believed to be 24-year-old Dummy Dumbledunce of Maryland, which is a slightly less dumb place since he left.