The proverb that a child’s mind is like a sponge can be as much a source of wonder as of vexation. Unlike primetime sitcoms and hour-long dramas on HBO, viewers tend to agree that children’s television must be driven by a higher purpose, and must deliver the right message. As a result, even when the programming seems lighthearted and beyond the reach of politics, the debate about kids TV can verge on bitter acrimony, whether it’s a show about neighborhood kids who love to share (“socialist propaganda”) or a hero who delivers the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants (“promotes colonialism”). Concerned parents and uninvolved critics have always had something to say about the culture kids are exposed to. After the jump, inspired by the news that a Russian kids’ show was pulled off the air after a joke about Putin’s divorce, are a few controversies that have arisen in recent memory.
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Chile’s first shot at Oscar gold comes in the form of a comedy-drama that revisits the marketing campaign that helped oust Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988. Directed by Pablo Larrain, No stars Mexican heartthrob Gael Garcia Bernal as René, a hotshot ad guy enlisted by the opposition to spearhead the “No” (that is, anti-Pinochet) campaign. Employing rainbows, imagery you’d find in 1980s Pepsi commercials, and the tagline “Chile, happiness is on its way,” the opposition’s ridiculously lightweight messaging appears to convince the country’s majority that “no” is the way to go.
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In this photo snapped earlier today by White House photographer Pete Souza, President Obama and Mitt Romney are shaking hands in the Oval Office, presumably after lunching on white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad in the private dining room. We’re curious to know what you think was going through each of… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got to know the real, first Bond girl. We found Mitt Romney’s secret Presidential website. We read what adult film stars James Deen and Stoya had to say about the new mandatory condom law, and then discovered that Egypt banned online porn for… Read More
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Flavorpill HQ isn’t exactly a 24/7 Mitt Romney convention. In fact, it’s safe to say that, while we tend to keep our editorial focus on culture, most of us are hoping the former Massachusetts governor will be out of the news by the end of the week. But before he is, we couldn’t resist scouring Etsy for the weirdest DIY Romney-related merchandise available for purchase — and, as always, the site delivered. From Democratic parodies to tributes lovingly crafted by his fans to things we had trouble pegging as one or the other, here’s what we found. If anything strikes your fancy (or tickles your funny bone), be sure to buy it now, because it might not be around tomorrow.
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Yesterday, a photo circulated of Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Jay-Z hanging out like normal dudes, backstage at a rally in all-important swing state Ohio. Not to be outdone, Mitt Romney held a Rom-Paign-U-Bration Last-Minute Election Celebra-Jam of his own, featuring a star-studded lineup of A-list Republicans. OK, no he didn’t, because that would have been kind of embarrassing for him. But Conan did imagine how such an event might look, creating a faux promo that managed to crack us up despite Election Day jitters. Watch Ted Nugent and Kid Rock headline the Celbra-Jam below, and join us in wondering: Is Hurley from Lost really voting Romney?
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If you haven’t been paying attention to the political pundit class lately (and really, seriously, who on earth couldn’t blame you if you haven’t), you might not have heard about the weird jihad against Nate Silver, the math whiz behind the FiveThirtyEight blog, who has been predicting a better than 60% probability of an Obama win since early summer. (He currently has Obama’s chances of reelection at 85%.) Over the past couple of weeks, many pundits — most of them, unsurprisingly, Republican — have insisted that Mr. Silver is biased, that his model is skewed, that his projection of a big Obama win runs contrary to their impression that the race is a “toss-up.” (Some actually point to the 50-50 national polls as proof, as though the popular vote and the electoral college aren’t different beasts entirely, but I digress.)
The whole thing is mighty silly; as David Roher so eloquently puts it over at Deadspin, “[W]e’ve reached the point in our screwed-up political media culture where the polling companies and forecasters — not the pundits, not the spokespeople, and certainly not the candidates — are the only people being evaluated rigorously on the substance of their arguments.” But here’s what we’ll do for you anti-Silverites: let’s throw out all that complicated averaging and math and science and stuff. That’s for four-eyed eggheads like Nate Silver, amIright? We’re gonna predict the outcome of the election based on something a lot easier to wrap your big meat heads around: movies! Political elections have been a popular film topic for years, so we decided to take a look at what these fictional elections could tell us about how things are going to go tomorrow. The answers may surprise you! (Warning: spoilers after the jump.)
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We know, we know — you’re up to your ears in policial videos right about now. But bear with us, because this one is a hilarious (and important!) late addition. In this short spot from the Actually… series, Cher and Kathy Griffin urge voters not to let Todd Aiken, Richard Mourdock, Mitt Romney, and “the guy that looks like Dracula” (that’s Paul Ryan) “turn back time” on women and women’s rights. “Honestly, this is sick stuff,” Cher says, playing the straight man to Griffin’s trademark goofball pun machine. We hear you, ladies. After all, as Griffin wisely reminds us: “this is Cher, bitches. Do what she says!” Yes ma’am. Click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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1. If you haven’t seen it yet, this video of The Simpsons’ Montgomery Burns endorsing Mitt Romney — because his dog Shamus prefers “Meat” Romney over “Broccoli” Obama — is pretty hilarious. [via LAT]
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