Product Placement

21 05 2008

Not too long ago, I kicked back and started thinking about why I’m such a fan of historical epics, sci-fi films, and fantasy movies. I can watch Gladiator, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings over and over again until I’m half-starved and blue in the face, and the idea of this doesn’t seem to bother me at all.

While watching ‘Knocked Up’ last night, I suddenly realized why I love these three genres so much: NO PRODUCT PLACEMENT.

Figure 1: You will not find a Lockheed Martin badge on an X-Wing

I’ve seen Knocked Up at least four times, but last night was the first time I really noticed how heavily Apple Computer advertised in that movie. If you look carefully enough, you’ll realize that every computer in the movie is a Mac. This is fine, right up until the part where it becomes implausible. Namely, the five unemployed male losers that (whose ‘job’ is to create a website that tells when chicks get naked in film) that star in the movie somehow own a 17″ PowerBook – a laptop that costs at least $3,000

I don’t really have a problem with producers allowing companies to advertise in their movies, as long as doing so doesn’t cut against the grain of reality and as long as the advertising is subtle. At least Knocked Up kept the product placement relatively ‘soft’, albeit unrealistic. But it’s those movies that jam the advertising down your fucking throat that are just downright insulting. Here are the most recent offenders that I can remember:

1.) Minority Report: the only thing I really remember about this movie is the fact that it was a gigantic Lexus ad. Everybody was driving a futuristic Lexus, and all the buildings were awash in Lexus advertising. Minority Report was an entertaining film no doubt, but as far as I’m concerned I will forever know it as the one that wins the Oscar for ‘Most Effectively Blitzkrieged by a Single Advertiser.”

Figure 2: Uglier than Tom Cruise’s soul

2.) I Robot: this flick was virtually gang raped by product placement. From the money shot of Will Smith’s new Converse sneakers, to the even longer money shot of a JVC sound system, product placement is shoved handily up your ass throughout the movie with no hope of it ever stopping. The automotive dominance of Audi in this movie, combined with the dominance of Lexus in Minority Report, suggests that the future will be filled with crooked detectives able to afford luxury cars with kickbacks taken from organized crime. Maddox’s article on I Robot should be read by every person on the goddamn planet.

3.) Casino Royale: this fucking movie wins the Oscar for “Most Insanely Out of Place Product Placement.” The whole premise of the James Bond franchise is wowing men with things they will never ever have: a license to kill, futuristic gadgets, insurmountable cool, the ability to travel around the world, access to ferociously hot women and the charm to get them ALL in bed, and, of course, expensive cars. To the last item, then, you must remember that the first car Jimbo drives in Casino Royale is a Ford Mondeo, the logo of which the camera is fixated upon in extreme zoom for a solid ten seconds. If the rest of the movie hadn’t been so badass, the only thing I’d be able to remember is that MI6 had an enormous budgetary shortfall last year and couldn’t afford to put Mr. Bond in a decent whip.

Figure 3: Comes out of the closet James. We still love you.

4.) Sex & the City: a special award goes to this six-year orgasm of fashion product placement and brand name dropping. Prada, Dolce & Gabanna, Manolo Blahnik, Versace, Chanel, and countless other designers wrapped Carrie Bradshaw’s bony pale frame in a completely impossible shroud of Italian fashion. As evidenced in the episode where this vacuous bubbleheaded vagina pirate couldn’t buy her own apartment, she had a tiny income and virtually no savings – yet inexplicably owned a closet full of shoes costing upwards of $500 a pair, and seemed to add to this collection in just about every episode. There’s nothing more blithely irresponsible than a series/movie that suggests spending 60% of your income of footwear will lead to good things in your life.

Figure 4: Reality

Got other examples? This shit is making my damn blood boil this morning.

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342 responses

21 05 2008
Angry IV

1. The laptop in “Knocked Up” is a MacBook Pro – I have one 🙂

2. You’re absolutely correct. The Lexus website even had a mini-site for that fictional car. Don’t forget Will Smith’s Audi in iRobot (even though that car was clean as hell).

Great show. Star Wars, by the way? Excellent, except for Episode II. That movie was trash.

21 05 2008
Angry IV

Oh and come on dude – more pics of Sarah Jessica Parker? She’s so busted, it makes my skin crawl.

21 05 2008
Nwachukwu

You completely missed “The Island.” That clearly deserves the title as the single worst offender in product placement in the history of worst offenders in product placement. I actually stopped enjoying the film and snuck into another film because of it. I felt so violated by so many brands that most likely have no chance of survival in the near future.

21 05 2008
Nwachukwu

Also, an honourable mention would have to be the GM car chase scene from Matrix Reloaded

21 05 2008
dynamicdiva

Lets not forget the ridiculous attempts of 2Fast 2 Furious. I understand that its about cars but cmon! Let’s make it more realistic. It really pissed me off how they suped up the Mistibishi’s and acted like they were the fast damn cars on the planet. Um, I don’t recall everyone in Miami owning one and racing them! No, honda’s? Although I do recall them showing a Ford Saleen getting beat by one of the Mistibishi’s.. (Forgive me if I am not spelling it correctly)

And don’t get me started on how these kids were able to afford all that expensive stuff for their cars!

21 05 2008
dynamicdiva

Oh.. I may get my black card revoked but… Remember that scene in Wayne’s World when he holds up all the sponsors stuff in the scene where they are eating… The Pepsi bottle, the pizza hut box, etc.. And he purposely holds everything right up to the camera.. lol!

21 05 2008
Matt Hanson

Good writing. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed my Google News Reader..

Matt Hanson

21 05 2008
Lindsay

I really hate the product placement in magazines geared toward black women. They all seem to be hair products (silky yaki, Isoplus, Dudley’s and the like) and fading creams (Ambi).

And while I’m on the subject of hair products, I hate the ads for Pantene’s “Relaxed and Natural” line. Why? Because I have yet to see a woman with [visibly] natural hair/ a natural hairstyle (my hair is also natural, despite the blowout I have in my photo). The one they had was a woman with relaxed hair in bantu knots, which looked stupid, and then they have the woman who clearly got her relaxed hair roller set for spiral curls.

Like, sorry Pantene, this doesn’t qualify as natural hair/a natural hairstyle.

21 05 2008
imaG

I can’t think of any off the dome but I notice them everytime

http://www.anythingblack.net

21 05 2008
Lolo

Wayne’s World is one of the best Stupid Movies, ever. I watch that with my kids every few months and there’s not a thing wrong with the nonsense in that movie.

I wish that we could enter a raffle, where for every product placement we spot and tally, the winners get free movie passes for a year. Fuckers, ten mutherfucking DOLLARS a ticket to go to the movies so that I can hear your fatass snapping off retard repartee to the movie screen while you’re grubbing around with the endless crackleckracklecrackle of stuffing your floppy face fulla fucking TwizzlersMilkdudsNachos.

I want wireless headphones for the soundtrack so that I don’t have to hear ignorant shitheels during the movie.

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Lindsay- WHY IS IT CALLED RELAXED AND NATURAL? ARG! That drives me insane. Those are two very different categories and that would include all Black womans hair, wouldn’t it? Thats like having a store called “Short And Tall”. Why don’t they call the shit “Black” or “All Kinds Of Negro Hair Textures And Shit”? Sorry, that has always annoyed me. Who are they fooling? We ALL know who it’s for.

21 05 2008
Lindsay

Lol @ “all kinds of negro hair textures and shit”

Yeah, I haven’t actually tried it because I can’t get past their ads, which are essentially colored versions of the originals. It may be great for both, who knows? But, yes, I’ve been mad about that since they first introduced it.

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

SATC’s product placement irked me to no end. I think the purchasing of stupid, overpriced fashion shit by American women went up 30% during the run of that show. I remember an episode in which Carrie’s credit card was declined in Prada or somewhere and her rich friend observed the incident and bought her the shoes. There was no further mention of this. She took the shoes and went home and was still happy. WTF? I would be having a bad day if this happened to me.

And she wore tutus and shit. Why didn’t she just go to the thrift store or the children’s section of Burlington Coat Factory if she was gonna dress like a crazy 12 year old? And now you have 20-year old Shanequa Jenkins of Queens, NY running around talking about her Birkin Bag. I think my hatred of “high” fashion went up 50% during the run of this show. It is called “high” fashion because cocaine is responsible for all of it.

21 05 2008
Bailey Blues

well i work in public relations and if you get your product on a film/tv you just made it. it does get overwhelming at times for some consumers, but it also influences others to act (calling up department stores to find the Manolos Carrie wore on episode 12 of Sex in the City).

Luckily, you all notice what they are doing…some people don’t….

21 05 2008
Roger

Contemporary rap music. I SWEAR, between the people blathering about “Cristal” and “Moet” and “Dolce and Gabbana” and what-the-fuck-not, I was too fucking through with rap. I know it goes WAAAAY back to Run-DMC rapping about their Adidas, but by the time we got to Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown et. al, it seemed as though every rap song was about the poon/penis they got because they drank the latest and greatest liquors and wore the latest and greatest clothes. And then we all started bragging about drinking Moet and wearing D&G.

And “high” fashion is ugly as shit. Seriously.

21 05 2008
Bailey Blues

i’m not saying i ran out and bought a birkin bag or poppin ace of spade at the club because it’s not in my means (and some things i think are expensive for no reason), but I don’t have a problem paying for quality. I want a nice leather bag, I need to drop a couple hundred bucks. A nice winter boot, you need to spend some money. You just have to be smart about mixing the expensive with the inexpensive.

as yall learned yesterday, I’m all about getting free liquor, I’m just not paying for a bottle at a club.

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Good point Roger! At least in movies, they are always getting PAID by advertisers. Rappers be encouraging people to buy stuff that they themselves cannot afford. These dummies think they are bragging, when all they are doing is selling somebody else’s shit for FREE! Some rappers get paid endorsements, but most of them…not so much.

Remember when Cristal’s president said he didn’t want rappers and thugs to make themselves the image of his product? ZING! That made me almost want to drink Cristal, till I remembered that it is a cat piss-human piss varietal.

RE: High Fashion- I just remembered that it is prom season. Thus, there is a moratorium on ALL Black people talking bad about ANYONE’s fashion choices…..

http://www.crunktastical.net/2008/05/20/question-day-12/tragic-negroids/
(These are all our cousins. Can I please have a moment of silence?)

21 05 2008
Knatural

I think we have the same brain: I love sci-fi/fantasy/epic movies for that very reason. And there is product placement in those movies, too. After Gladiator came out every shoe designer started making those shoes. Maybe that doesn’t count. I can appreciate some product placement; like that scene in The Golden Child when the Pepsi can started dancing.

21 05 2008
shabooty

look for the millions of pepsi co products in cloverfield.

and of course, the GM cars in transformers.

and isn’t the new knightrider a mustang? wtf.

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21 05 2008
stuffgirlslike

Well they do not force you to buy, you will see more product placements in internet videos, because everyone is wondering how to make money from videos?

Spike Lee place Public Enemy on his seminal movie “Do The Right Thing”, that was blatant product placement too.

http://stuffgirlslike.wordpress.com

21 05 2008
stuffgirlslike

The worst product placement was a documentary called America Pimp and he was dressed in Versace shirts and since them I cannot imagine myself wearing Versace. Before that there was a rich friend of mine telling me that Versace stinks but I then saw what he meant.

http://stuffgirlslike.wordpress.com

21 05 2008
Lauren

The L Word, Dexter, and Weeds are good examples in TV. EVERYONE has a mac or iphone, inculding one woman so poor she had to live in her ex-boyfriend’s GARAGE… Showtime is Apple’s bitch.

21 05 2008
Bailey Blues

america is apple’s bitch

21 05 2008
Knatural

What’s worse than actual product placement is when, especially on TV, they place a generic product instead. The can will look like Coca Cola’s trademark red/white/silver but the wording will read “Soda”.

21 05 2008
sarah

TV is the worst for this. it turns a television show into an hour long commercial. i first noticed this when i started taking surveys. there is this survey site where you answer questions on all of the shows your watched the day before. some of the questions are mundane like, “what did Jane do when Bobby revealed he had cheated on her?” and you get multiple choice. but then you notice questions like, “what car was Jane driving when she ran Bobby over for cheating on her?” and then a follow up questions, “how do you think this brand fits in this show?”, “how does seeing this brand on this show affect your opinion of this brand?”, and “would you consider buying this brand?” it really makes me pay attention to product placement on tv. they are really slick with it and it bothers me to no end. too bad i love tv or i would boycott.

21 05 2008
Rose

>>Remember that scene in Wayne’s World when he holds up all the sponsors stuff in the scene where they are eating… The Pepsi bottle, the pizza hut box, etc.. And he purposely holds everything right up to the camera.. lol!<<

That was funny until Mike Myers did the Austin Powers sequels which advertised Starbucks, Heineken, Taco Bell, Volkswagen, Aquafina, Virgin Atlantic, and more. You’re no better than them you corporate whore! Then there was MIB II where there is a Sprint store in MIB headquarters. Yes, a Sprint store in the headquarters of a top-secret agency with no public record of existence that erases the memories of everyone who encounter them. Yeah… Sequels suck, too.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Damn I thought I was the only one who noticed shit like that…Its so sad thought because ppl actually think movies are reality. Like the movies with the High School kids having these outlandish parties with boooze all over the place 1/2 naked girls and no cops coming the whole night. Yea fucking right…or these action backed movies like Transformers which btw I loved the shit out of it had non-stop advertising for the new Camero…everyone I know who saw that movie wanted a fucking “Bumblebee”.

Bailey Blues-america is apple’s bitch

you goddamn right everybody and der mama got some form of ipod,laptop,even phone from them. I swear ipod’s are brainwashing you everytime you use one because I swear the ppl who have them look like freaking zombies on the trains and buses ahahah

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Rose also in MIB they advertise Marlboro Reds in every scene you see those little aliens smoking and drinking coffee lol

21 05 2008
blackberry molasses

Lest we forget the Back to the Future trilogy? Everything from the futuristic dehydrated Pizza Hut pizza and Pepsi fountain to the Smith and Wesson plugs in the third one? Oh and of course… the Delorean… WTF?

Yeah, I know, revoke my Black Card and hand me my Dork Card now…

21 05 2008
Ashley

Its people like that bitch Carrie who are gonna make it damn near impossible for me to own something besides this condo i live in…dumb ass people walkin away from their mortgages that they cant afford because they got 12 gucci bags sittin in their closet…lol

21 05 2008
Shine

haha, I think my whole family flipped out when apple first started being the only computer people used in movie land. My parents were arguing like hell that no one could hack into an alien mothership in Independence Day using a Mac. Also You’ve Got Mail was simply a long AOL/Apple orgy. and I hate meg ryan will all the space left in my soul. Not for any reason. I just hate her and I’m glad she no longer has a job on screen.

21 05 2008
Knatural

Don’t you dare badmouth Back to the Future! And blackberry moleasses, it’s ok to be a Black Dork, look at Chris.

21 05 2008
Shine

@blackberry molasses. Absolutely not! Back to the Future was the shit. Even the shitty sequels are great. And anything Michael J. Fox was in in the 80s including the all time favorite original Teen Wolf.

21 05 2008
Shine

Shit fuck it BM (haha!) everyone here is probably a dork. B/c NO ONE came out the mouth and said anything about Chris watching star wars and lord of the rings and gladiator like he never had a girlfriend and doesn’t bathe for days at a time. Meaning everyone here thought that was acceptable and/or will do the same thing.

21 05 2008
blackberry molasses

Ahhhhhhhhhhh embracing my dorkitude… feels so good!

btw… here’s a website dedicated to promoting this product placement nonsense….

http://www.brandchannel.com/brandcameo_films.asp

and check out some of the titles… period films are NOT immune….

21 05 2008
Shine

I’m sorry I have to say I’m on a bus right now and I just noticed the white guy next to me in the Mr. roger’s sweater set and green khakis has on cowboy boots. Serious Cowboy Boots! and a maroon Mr. Rogers sweater over a maroon striped dress shirt. I’m quietly dying now.

21 05 2008
shabooty

juno was promoting tic-tacs!

21 05 2008
Esquire

@ Roger…

Speaking of rappers, that chick on SNL said that Gas was so expensive that rappers were going to start drinking it.

Seriously, do those buffons get paid to blurt and mispronounce these designers names? Im sure the designers hate it….since thier sales will peak and inevitably plummet since things get so “played out” quickly with our people. Then its knock off time. Is anyone still drinking Hypnotic? Are people still buying Burberry? If I see one more fake LV purse I will kill myself.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

I Have the Back To The Future Trilogy dammit!!! I have the Star Wars and Lord of The Rings Trilogy and I have Glatiator as well and I could watch any of those movies every freaking day… I’m a dork and im proud…

21 05 2008
sarah

and Sunny D

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Shine no he didnt! ashahahah the maroon sweater and green khakis…someone call the damn fashion police.. that shit trips me out when i see white ppl dress themselves…WHYYY! who told ppl that green and red go together? that shit will never be cute to me…looking like a xmas tree hahah

21 05 2008
Shine

See what I mean. I want the back to the future trilogy, I can’t finish the bloody lord of the rings trilogy (too many damn mountains) and I got bored in the middle of gladiator and got up to cook tacos. Also I hated episode 1 and I do want the original 3 star wars but I probably wont watch them. But I do watch an inordinate amount of cartoons and adult swim. SO I am officially a dork. But I’m happy b.c. I have nearly all episodes of Duck Tales.

21 05 2008
Lindsay

This has nothing to do with the topic, but I loved that song!

Blackberry Molasses
One of the things that never change
You gotta keep pushin’ on
The sun don’t rain all the time
There’s gonna be some heart ache and pain…

ah, memories…

21 05 2008
Esquire

Product placement made me quit watching The Biggest Loser.

They fucking literally had commercials. Who wants to see a bunch of fatties chewing Trident “low calorie” gum?

“It only has 5 calories and tastes great. Its a great way to curb your appetite, right fatasses?”

“Right Jill! I love eating TRIDENT sugarless gum! mmmmmmm! I just lost 20llbs!”

“Trainer Bob…do you have any low calorie TRIDENT sugarless gum that I can chew while on the treadmill? It satisfies my cravings”

(throwing up while changing the channel)

21 05 2008
Shine

but mrs. Epps You’re missing the most important factor. This fool is wearing embroidered COWBOY BOOTs. Mr. Rogers in COWBOY BOOTS!

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

“Speaking of rappers, that chick on SNL said that Gas was so expensive that rappers were going to start drinking it.”

AH!!!! I love it! Hilarious, minus the fact that rappers make American Blacks the laughing stock of the universe. I remember The Source printing a list of brand names that Foxy and Lil Kim had misprounounced (this is when I read faithfully, so it was literally 10 years ago). Hot mess.

I would be mad as hell if I had created something, and these no-class Negroes made it look low-brow by embracing it. Like, if I worked in marketing or PR and had an account with Courvoursier, then I would probably be happy to see that Busta Rhymes song blow up. Make my job easier. But if I was making purses and selling them at a small boutique, and say Remy Ma and Baby Hoe came in and bought some, and then were photographed….I’d be real sad as I spent their money on my Cuervo and Baileys. Real sad.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

hahaha yea the cowboy boots..thas not wassss uppp….but he’s white and white ppl think “cowboy”boots go with every fucking thing as well as mexicans that shit is to funny…i had this neighbor who was mexican and he wore the shit outta some cowboy boots liek we was in fucking Texas…i wanna stab white girls in the eye who wear cowgirl boots with sweat pants or a skirt with white leggings and brown fuckin cowgirl boots..KILL YO SELF!!

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

LMAO@ Remy Ma and Baby Hoe ahahahahah

21 05 2008
blackberry molasses

Looove Adult Swim (to the point that for Christmas I gave my husband the Moral Orel DVD and for Valentine’s Day he gave me an advanced copy of Blue Harvest)…. the quality of the rest of Cartoon Network does leave a lot to be desired… it USED to be good… 😦

@ Lindsay… girl, you’ve got awesome taste in music…

21 05 2008
maya

you guys can feel free to stone me now….

21 05 2008
Knatural

Adult Swim, love it. Robot Chicken is the stupidest show in existence and I can’t help myself.
Dorkiness?, try Star Trek. I love Star Trek and I don’t care what nobody say!

21 05 2008
letinstar

ok…i’m gonna be a girl…i watched “sex and the city” religiously so i do have an appreciation for the jimmy choos and manolos…also, I love “the devil wears prada”…well, because she wore prada, chanel and gucci just to name a few …not to mention the name dropping and guest appearences of several major photographers and fashion designers…i have too much time on my hands…

21 05 2008
maya

@ letinstar:

YES. “The Devil Wears Prada” — journalism + fashion = feel good movie of the year.

Why can’t I get a job at Vogue that easy? Ah, fiction.

I think i only watch that movie for the clothes.

21 05 2008
Bailey Blues

@ Maya – i too will be checking out satc next weekend…

21 05 2008
Deesigner

Sista Toldja,
“Baby Hoe” is going to be my new Alter Ego.

21 05 2008
Esquire

Isnt Remy Ma in jail? Or do I have my dykey rapper chicks mixed up.

Sorry Im old.

21 05 2008
Shine

I loved Harvey Birdman attorney at law, and the Venture brothers. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is the dumbest show on earth but I love it too. Robot Chicken has some awesome stuff and some really not awesomestuff. And being that I have possesion of ovaries I did watch every episode of SATC (including that idiotic one where she had to depend on everyone around her for her apartment because she had $75,000 worth of shoes. And she didn’t even think of selling those puppies.) but she looked a hot tranny mess most of the time so I didn’t think the product placement worked. But it did make Birka (sp?) seem like it was the shit and brought manolo back from nowhere so i guess some nincompoops bought it.

21 05 2008
Shine

Nah she’s in jail. Fucked up her publicity stunt marriage to papoose too. She got 10 years right?

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

I’m gonna see it too, y’all. Probably in the theatres, since they done closed the two dollar bootleg store on Dekalb. I’m curious to see what they did with it, I want to see Jennifer Hudson and I haven’t been to the movies in months. I WILL be making it a double feature though! Buy one, get one free.

21 05 2008
Bailey Blues

LMAO @ buy one get on free! I feel that!

21 05 2008
Onion

Ever watch any anime? There is this show, Code Geass, which is sponsored by Pizza Hut over in Japan. Instead of trying to subtly place the adverts in the show, the producers turned it into one huge running joke. They even manage to squeeze it into the drama CDs. Seriously, how do you squeeze a Pizza Hut advert into a radio play?

The fandom has been having a field day with this.

21 05 2008
PrettyPiscesGirl

blackberry molasses said:

Lest we forget the Back to the Future trilogy? Everything from the futuristic dehydrated Pizza Hut pizza and Pepsi fountain to the Smith and Wesson plugs in the third one? Oh and of course… the Delorean… WTF?

Yeah, I know, revoke my Black Card and hand me my Dork Card now…

Hell, I’m a dork too…cause the Back to the Future trilogy is one of my faves…I got hooked and FEENED until the last two came out …I was NOT disappointed. They are sitting on my DVR now (along with the entire Star Wars series) and I watch at random. The product placement in those movies was SICK…every other item was a friggin’ endorsement. One scene that breaks me up every time is the one where MJF walks into the diner in the 50’s and asks for a Tab…the guy is like “You gotta buy something to have a tab” or something to that effect. I always think to myself, “TAB…how 80’s!” By the time I got to the Pepsi and Pizza Hut crap…and the 80’s mall with the Fox Photo and other mall staples of the time…I stopped paying attention.

In general, I ignore product placement because then I start thinking about how implausible it all seems…which then pisses me off that I just spent $9 for that shit, and then my experience is spoiled. Oh, and BTW, WTF is up with Will Smith doing all the sci-fi/pseudo sci-fi flicks now? Since he’s so tight with Tom Cruise now, I’ll be expecting Battlefield Earth 2 any day now…

21 05 2008
Esquire

@ST!!!!

That’s stealing AND trespassing. Can’t say I haven’t done it mmmhahaha

(whats the movie you are going to steal?)

21 05 2008
Lindsay

I’m also going to see SATC. I was a latecomer to the series (because I didn’t have HBO when it was on, but Maya put me on in college), and loved it from the start…despite my confusion about how Carrie was pulling all those pretty fly white guys (minus Big, never thought he was all that attractive).

And if I was to make it a double feature and do the BOGO ala ST, I’d see SATC and Prince Caspian, because, as the ultimate nerd, I’ve read the whole Chronicles of Narnia series about five times. 🙂

Do I get the nerd award?

21 05 2008
Dustin

I agree with Knat that I hate it more when there’s the non-real version of something that’s sooooo really just advertising the real thing. Like the Coke can that says “Soda.” They were always reading “Person” magazine on Will & Grace and Debra Messing was always on the cover. Cute.

No one has really addressed the other thing that Chris mentions. I hate it so hard when the characters can’t afford their ish. Almost no character on TV would be able to afford their apartment or wardrobe in real life.

The product placement on “How I Met Your Mother” is cool because each character has/uses stuff that they would in real life.

21 05 2008
Quiet Storm

KNatural: “What’s worse than actual product placement is when, especially on TV, they place a generic product instead. The can will look like Coca Cola’s trademark red/white/silver but the wording will read “Soda”.”

I am sooo sick of that too. I especially hated seeing it on my favorite movie ever, Coming To America. McDowell’s? who are you really fooling genius? (I still watch and own the dvd though) 🙂

21 05 2008
Lindsay

I meant to day “dork” in place of “nerd.”

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

LOL! Girl, I dunno! I haven’t been to the movies in sooo long! I need to see Harold And Kumar and Iron Man. If I could sit in the dark long enough without sleeping, I’d make it a ‘triple play’!

My other trick in college was paying for a child ticket at the credit card kiosk. The last time I tried this, we got PROMPTLY embarassed and sent to the desk to pay the remainder of our ticket fees! Shout out to Gallery Place/Chinatown. You got me 😦

Bailey, where you there? I know I was with HU folks. Where you there when we walked out of “The Honeymooners” and demanded our money back because it was the WORST MOVIE EVER!!!! Classic. The manager didn’t know how to take that.

21 05 2008
maya

The best part about SATC, aside from all the loveliness of the shoes, is the fact the wordplay. And Lindz, I’m gon’ have to disagree and say that Big was doin’ the damn thing ’cause he had swag for days.

21 05 2008
maya

is the wordplay*

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Linday- Uh, yes you do get the nerd award. When someone was talking about Prince Caspian the other day, I thought they were discussing Prince Albert piercings and I was conffffuuuuused. I didn’t realize it was a Narnia movie until I saw a billboard today. I am a nerd too, but i have never seen hide nor hair of a Star Wars, LOTR, Narnia or Harry Potter film/book.

21 05 2008
benjie

esquire-
I noticed that too. the mini jello/oatmeal/gum commercials really got yo me at some point. that and the fact that they changed hosts, made my stomach turn a little bit this past season. but i still love the show. something about the amount of torture that they put the morbidly obese through.

on real world/road rules challenge they constantly have tmobile references.
“hmm we have our clue for our new mission”
“let’s check it on our new tmobile sidekick…its so easy to use”

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Devil Wears Prada is my shit!..and as much as I hate SATC i wanna see the movie too.. I claim I dont like the show but i took this aol quiz on the show and got every answer right hahah as for Prince Caspian i wanna see that to just because i like movies like that. I like any type of movie with a medevilish theme..like braveheart or that movie Quills was my shit..

21 05 2008
Knatural

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA@McDowells! Iron Man was GREAT. Beyond Great! Robert Downey, Jr. (though I hate him) has a sexy Tony Stark. Be sure the stay after the credits roll. I can’t wait to see the new Incredible Hulk and The Happening. I love M. Night Shyamalan (nerd).
And the notion of TV characters never being able to really afford their homes always irked me. Take Friends* for instance; and they couldn’t have been living in the hood because there were never any coloreds around.

*I am forced to watch Friends because my husband is so White on the inside. Bastard.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

OO i forgot my favorite Harry Potter..i read the books and have seen all the movies..im such a Potter geek..I love fantasy movies period..like reme that movie Black Crystal that was my ish too..

21 05 2008
Knatural

*was a sexy Tony Stark. And there was Burger King product placement in Iron Man that instantly made we want a Whopper, jr.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Knat girllll Iron Man was awesome! I loved every minute of it… Downey was fuckinggg hotttttttt I also like Marvel movies hahah i like spiderman 1 and 2 number 3 was kinda wack, i actually like the 1st Hulk movie with Eric Bana cuz i think he’s fuckin hot esp in Troy muy caliente! BUt i wanna see the new one with Ed Norton too cuz i think he’s kinda cute too heheh…I liked Fantastic 4 it was kinda cheesy though, batman was good and so was superman. I cant wait to see the new batman movie with Heath as the joker…i swear im forgeting a movie…

21 05 2008
Knatural

ST? A child of the 80s who’s never seen Star Wars? Go watch all six episodes this weekend and report back. Star Wars and ET was all I needed. I had an ET teacup set! Product placement in ET: Reece’s Pieces. I want some now.
I like Marvel but they get too cheesy – Fantastic Four and Spiderman 3, utter mess. Comics are meant to be dark and brooding, not campy and gay. They try to appeal too much to teenyboppers.

21 05 2008
maya

can i just say for the record, that i’ve already had 3 daydreams about running out of my office door screaming like a banshee.

21 05 2008
benjie

@maya

i dream about that all the time. sometimes i have to stop myself from actually doing it. especially like right now, when one of my random white co-workers comes into my area and sneezes/coughs without covering their mouths.

once, i swear on all that is sacred and holy, she came in and walked past me and farted and goes… “oh this gas is soooooo bad”

that day i had someone hide my scissors so i wouldnt stab her.

21 05 2008
maya

dude – i just went outside to my car, and it’s such a beautiful day. i came back in even more enraged. not to mention the fact that i sometimes envision myself spazzing out and breaking shit…like, tossing this dumbass monitor on the floor and kicking it. turning over this desk. violently unplugging the fax machine and the copier/printer.

then i realize i’m getting way ahead of myself, and i’m entirely too tiny to go to jail, and the psych ward would mistreat me ’cause im dark skinned.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

maya girl it will be ok 2 more days of madness….haahha i was on the phone with my mother lastnight and she was telling me how she had to remove herself from work before she pushed this yougnin out the conference room window! She was liek we have all these newbies..and mind you my mom is spanish so when she is pissed she starts speaking spanglish out the ass and she was saying how one of the “kids” just got promoted and thinks that she si big woman on campus now tryna boss a almost 48 yr old puerto rican woman around.. My mom went off on her ass almost threw a punch..now i see were i get my tounge lashing and fist fighting skills from ahhaha. My mom was like I wanted to rip mt door off the hinges and beat the puta with it for coming at me the way she did ahhaha

i was dead at our conversation

21 05 2008
Cheekie

Knatural – I had an ET teacup set! Product placement in ET: Reece’s Pieces. I want some now.

Oooh, ET is my love. The Reese’s Pieces is probably the ONLY product placement I dig. Probably because it cracks me up that M&M’s turned them down in regards to ET using their product. Suckas!

And you had an ET teacup set? Where did you even find that?! You’re all kinds of cool for having one, though.

21 05 2008
PrettyPiscesGirl

Oh, and I absolutely hate how one of my favorite tv shows, Heroes, always had Hiro driving a frickin Nissan Versa in the first season, and then Claire driving the Rogue (until she left her door unlocked and got jacked for it) in the second. NBC…WHORES I tell ya…

Black entertainers mispronouncing uber expensive products-Beyonce on the song “Upgrade U”…Audemars-Piquet…she butchers the name badly.

I have no words for black folks buying shit they hear about on songs that is either fake or they really can’t afford…

21 05 2008
Tashina

I’m surprised that you didn’t mention all of the Sony placements in Casino Royale. I rolled my eyes every time a Sony Ericsson or a VAIO appeared on screen.

I did laugh when he was driving a Ford. Not that there’s anything wrong with a Ford.

21 05 2008
maya

Co-sign Pretty Pisces Girl..

but don’t be fooled, white people keep Canal Street poppin’.

21 05 2008

OMG in the movie superstar, Everysingle car in the whole damn movie was a vw beetle, new and old. NO other car… just beetles!

By the way I love the movie gladiator, it’s one of my favorites. I hate and will not watch anything Joaquin Phoenix plays in cause he was such a BITCH in gladiator. I cringe whenever I see him.

21 05 2008
Lindsay

Call me the queen of tangents today, but there was a guy in one of African American Studies classes senior year who looked like a fat version of Joaquin Phoenix.

That is all.

21 05 2008

I am a sex and the city FAN! hahahaha.

I just fell in love with the fashion and their friendships, yes the show is racist, but it’s funny lol. I hate to love it. I will be seeing the movie

21 05 2008
Lindsay

that should be in one of my Af. Am. studies classes.

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Word, Maya. White entertainers don’t sing about high-end shit as much, but they are still walking bilboards. And trust that any New Jersey trash worth her streaky, stringy highlights will go out and buy whatever knock off or affordable crap that Paris and those other cokewhores rocked the day before.

21 05 2008
Strong BlkMan

Porn never has product placement.

21 05 2008
Dannie

LOL @ Lindsay

21 05 2008
Dannie

I love random shiz…

21 05 2008
Quiet Storm

One of the most obvious product placement movie ever was The Italian Job. I hate them little clown cars! I could imagine owning one of them shits and see my life flash before my eyes when I get on the highway. Everytime I see one I think of this: http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/8/web/2900000-2900999/2900475_424_full.jpg

21 05 2008
fat dick

Porn never has product placement.all I need to worry about is getting my nut!

21 05 2008
ndenise

Product placement in reality TV is crazy.
On the Real World Hollywood, MTV has partnered with Subway. These kids are eating Subway like, every damn day. With a convenient camera shot each time.

On BET’s College Hill, there is never any real reason that the camera focuses on Dr. Miracle’s hair products. The girls are never actually USING the product. Doesn’t stop BET from just featuring the products like it’s the 8th roommate.

21 05 2008
Merri Lee

Lindsay (13:01:44) :

I really hate the product placement in magazines geared toward black women. They all seem to be hair products (silky yaki, Isoplus, Dudley’s and the like) and fading creams (Ambi).

And while I’m on the subject of hair products, I hate the ads for Pantene’s “Relaxed and Natural” line. Why? Because I have yet to see a woman with [visibly] natural hair/ a natural hairstyle (my hair is also natural, despite the blowout I have in my photo). The one they had was a woman with relaxed hair in bantu knots, which looked stupid, and then they have the woman who clearly got her relaxed hair roller set for spiral curls.

Like, sorry Pantene, this doesn’t qualify as natural hair/a natural hairstyle.

Co-friggin-sign. I wanted to burn Essence magazine the first time I saw that permed out natural. And how can something be made for both natural (dry) and relaxed (oily) hair? WTF?

21 05 2008
Lolo

I refrained from making fun of Star Bores because I’ve already laughed at Chris’ love for Titanic and SATC. Seriously, just waiting till he outs himself as a fan of Pretty Woman now.

I didn’t even mind the product in Casino Royale because I love a good Bond movie. Devil Wears Prada was complete and total eye candy as far as I’m concerned.

21 05 2008
Sylph

No one has mentioned Trnasporter 2. An hour and a half commercial revolved around an Audi. It’s Jason Stratham’s fault. It was a crap movie but I do love his accent.

Even though I can’t stand Quentin Tarantino as a person, I like his movies and the fact that he has zero product placement in them.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

hahah i thought i was the only one who noticed that shit on college hill..im like whynthey keep showing Dr. Miracles shit…stop trying to brainwash me in to buying it! ma hair gonna look like them bitches on the show cuz they all wearing a damn weave! speaking of college hill who watches that show..cuz those damn women on the show piss me the fuck off esp. when they had that blow out at the resturant and ganged up on Drew over some dumb shit and then BEt hyped that shit up saying that Drew was gonna hit them n shit im liek whoa 1st off the girl put her finger in his face saying he did it 1st and was talking shit the whole time to when da nigga was just sitting there. And how he was being disrespectful toward that girl when she brang her family over.. even thought he wa son the phone way before chick came in with her family n shit..SMH damn drama hoes anywho…back to work i go 🙂

21 05 2008
Quiet Storm

One of the most obvious product placement movies is The Italian Job. I hate those cars. I could imagine owning one of them shits and see my life flash before my eyes when I am on the highway. I dont even think my nephew can fit in them shits. And he’s 3. They also take up good parking spots. Ugh! Every time I see them shits I want to do this:
http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/8/web/2900000-2900999/
2900475_424_full.jpg

21 05 2008
Sylph

*Transporter*

You know secretly Chris loves the rom-coms. Don’t deny it. I bet he has While You Were Sleeping among his dvd collection.

21 05 2008
aceklub

@ Mrs. Epps,
I try to catch college hill when I can…the drama there seems to be excessive. The one in the restaurant is crazy annoying and if Drew had snapped and actually hit her, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Not saying I would advocate hitting a female but she would deserve a good shakedown or something.

21 05 2008
mari

@ ST – you will love Iron Man; i say you should get some extra sleep and go ahead and go for the triple feature, just to include Prince Caspian (LOVED IT!!!)

did anyone catch all those apple plugs in I Am Legend???!!!? it was outrageous; every time he’ d be on the laptop, they’d zoom right into the apple logo…wtf?! not to mention his iPod, or all that other crap he had…ugh.

21 05 2008
Machete

Common, no one made mention of the Hemi-powered dogdge plane (with the dodge ram logo plastered all over ) in fantastic 4? They even wrote “But it’s a Hemi” or something like that into the script!

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

dont get me started on that damn Pantene Relaxed and Natrual shampoo and conditioner shit…it smells good but umm i have yet to see one chick in commercials or magazine with natrual thick black hair…they need to stop showing them “ethiopian” women ahhaha and show Keisha from round the way. And its just a front becuase it smells like the regualr shit to me just in a “brown” bottle racist ass shit.

BTW Jason Stratham is a hot bald guy YUM!

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Was SATC that racist? I am being devil’s advocate here a little, but walk with me. If there was a show loosely based on MY life in NY, there would only be a handful of White folks in it in minor roles, just like in my real NY life. If White people really liked my show a lot, would it make sense to just give me a White boyfriend or homey to make them feel included? I’m just saying. They did EXACTLY that though, with the J Hud character in the film. Old Foot Face said they had negletected Black women for too long, and AA women had been big supporters of the show since day one.

I’m not anti-SATC. It had a lot of silly shit going on, and a lot of good stuff too. I just never really jumped on the bandwagon cause I don’t watch much TV. I embraced the things I related to, few as they were, and laughed at/ignored the rest/

21 05 2008
Merri Lee

Sister Toldja (15:39:52) :

My other trick in college was paying for a child ticket at the credit card kiosk. The last time I tried this, we got PROMPTLY embarassed and sent to the desk to pay the remainder of our ticket fees! Shout out to Gallery Place/Chinatown. You got me 😦

WHAT???? I haven’t seen a child price in a minute. Only matinée/late night prices, and I believe sr. citizens get $1 off on Tuesday.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Hell yea Aceklub i said the same thing to my husband when we saw it i wa sliek hell naw snatch that girls weave off..i dont care who you are man or female and u get in my personal space like that for no reason i’ll snap your finger off! hahaha but yea i dont get down with dudes hitting females but f that I would grab some hair!
Sylph i have to admit i love that movie While You Were sleeping…

my all time favorite 80’s movies..Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club.. dont hate me.. 🙂

21 05 2008
Knatural

“And you had an ET teacup set? Where did you even find that?! You’re all kinds of cool for having one, though.” – Cheekie. Me and my sister ‘shared’ it since E.T came out in ’82. I wish I knew where to find one. Remember that scene where E.T. was drinking Coors Light (product placement) and Elliot got drunk?

21 05 2008
Ethel

The only thing I remember about “I Robot” was the money shot of Will Smith in the shower buck naked, which IMHO was worth the price of admission.

I seem to be the only one in my group of friends who will shout out “Product Endorsement!” on a regular basis–they don’t seem to notice…. [??!] Most Recently “Iron Man” – Burger King got that movie… but maybe McDonalds will get Incredible Hulk which is coming up next.

The BEST product endorsement I’ve seen, best being defined as a product that is clearly mentioned by brand but deftly entertwined with plot and humor would be in “Ghostbusters” and I think you know I’m referring to that famous snack cake reference:

Dr. Egon Spengler: Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning’s reading, it would be a Twinkie thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.
Winston Zeddemore: That’s a big Twinkie.
Dr. Peter Venkman: How’s the grid holding up?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Not good.
Winston Zeddemore: Tell him about the Twinkie.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What about the Twinkie?

21 05 2008
Shine

Child of the 80s checking in only to say I FUCKING HATED E.T. I was so sick of that movie after the 1st time I saw it. And the Dark Crystal scared me and so did the Labyrinth as much as I loved to watch it. The blonde guy freaked me out too much. Probably why blonde blue eyed people freak me out to this day. but back to horrible movies. the only thing I hated more than damn E.T. was FUCKING Willow. UG horrible awful movie. Hate it hate it hate it hate it. Sorry I get so emotional but knatural started it

21 05 2008
Shine

Dannie, I love that your myspace thingie is Danger Mouse, did you do that b.c. of the cartoon or the 1/2 of gnarls barkley?

21 05 2008
Knatural

Shine, how dare you!?! E.T. was a deep and magical example of 8os cinema.
Labyrinth was great. Dark Crystal – so so. Remember Never Ending Story, I can watch that to this day. And Legend (Tom Cruise before Scientology ruined him.)

21 05 2008
Shine

NeverEnding story is my personal favorite. And Atreyu was so hot. And I wanted to ride on that dragon dog. ET sucked major ass. sucked sucked sucked.

21 05 2008
Shine

But not as bad as Willow. That was horror.

21 05 2008
Sylph

Til this day, I still haven’t seen ET or Legend but I liked Willow and (lord help me), Conan the Barbarian.

*exhales*

21 05 2008
shabooty

you kno what else i can’t stand?
the frigging ads in the cheesecake factory restaurant menu.
wtf.
this aint a diner.

21 05 2008
benjie

Shine-

!!!!!!! i thought i was the only one who hates that dammed movie. my mother watches it everytime it comes on, and damn near cries
every
damn
time.

oh… that stupid, druken sounding alien was the bane of my exsistance when i was younger.

*shudders*

21 05 2008
Knatural

Conan the Barbarian?! I LOVE that movie! Remember when he punched the camel? Conan didn’t speak until a whole 32 minutes into the movie!

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Ethel- Ghostbusters can do NO WRONG in my eyes!

Least we not forget the product placement for the film itself on Bobby Brown’s seminal “On Our Own”:

Too hot to handle
Too cold to hold/
They’re called the Ghostbusters
and they’re in control….
(all on our ownnnnnnnnn)

Bobby also had a line in the film: “Ay, can y’all get my little brother one of them Proton Packs?”

21 05 2008
benjie

neverending story was my fav. to the point where i bought the dvd and still sing the song.

what else??

pretty in pink
sixteen candles
teen witch
adventures in babysitting
uncle buck (honestly anything with john candy was great. does anyone besides me remeber camp candy?)

21 05 2008
Sandybaby

I LOVE Lord of the Rings and watch it everytime it comes on. I love Sex & The City too. You are so dead-on about the product placement. It didn’t bother so much though as I watched the show for the fashion more than anything else….

Great post!

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Shabooty- You be taking hoes to the Cheescake? I am surprised, to day the least. I pictured you as a “I got some chips and beer back at the house” kinda guy.

Benje- You aren’t the only one. I have NEVER see ET, no interest in doing so. I missed a lot of 80’s movies for some reason. I guess I was somewhere listening to New Jack Swing music and playing with dolls, cause that’s all I really remember from back then (and sitcoms).

21 05 2008
Merri Lee

Shabooty – what about the TVs on the back of the da#n bathroom doors playing ads? Do I really want to watch a commercial when I’m taking a pee? Plus they’re always condom or tampon ads. Whatevs.

21 05 2008
Knatural

My 80s movies list:
Karate Kid
Weird Science
Goonies
Ghostbusters
Superman II
Coming to America

I know I’m forgetting some…

21 05 2008
Lindsay

Omg ST –

I also have never seen ET, or Star Wars!

I thought I was the only one…

21 05 2008

speaking of sitcoms… Martin was the best sitcom ever made. AHHH the talent of martin lawrence.

My favorite character: Dragonfly Jones

21 05 2008
Sylph

Knat, those were good times. Good times.

ST, you didn’t miss much. Most of the movies had the same cast or a premise that was wtf? (see: Howard the Duck). We can Roger Rabbit together but no culottes.

21 05 2008
Sylph

Gremlins
Spaceballs

21 05 2008
Ed The Sports Fan

First time poster, longtime reader. Anyway, how about an appropriate use of product placement? Like in “He Got Game” when Denzel goes and cops a pair of the Jordan XII’s? I thought it was right in line, even though he spent almost all his money for a pair. Keep it up fam, hold us hybrid black folks down (black and puertorican)

-Ed.

21 05 2008

PURPLE RAIN!

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Karate Kid
Weird Science
Goonies
Ghostbusters
Superman II
Coming to America
hell yea and

Little Shop of Horrors hahah
Spaceballs
Gremilins
Howard thr Duck
Roger Rabbit

dammit I love you guys…we so need a 1st reunion!!!

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

hahah Raw was my favorite stand up comdey from Eddie..that damn leather purple suit kills me hahahaha and ofcourse i cant forget Richard Pryor..i loved the movies he was in with umm damn what that white guys name again…

21 05 2008
maya

I’ve seen ET, but never Star Wars.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit, however…LOVED IT.

Watched it again as an adult – highly inappropriate!

Also co-signing the Roger Rabbit dance. I still do it at parties/clubs, unashamedly. You can also find me doing the Kid n Play, Harlem Shake, Heel Toe and Wu-Tang, shoes permitting.

21 05 2008
Dom

This post is too funny! I was just watching Knocked Up last night also, but I didnt notice any product placement. I guess I was just blinded by the humor.

@Dustin- I freakin LOVE that show. “How I met Your Mother” is def one of the highlights of my week.

@ST- Harold+Kumar+Guantanamo Bay=Just DONT do it.

@ Miss Epps, I will drop everything whenever Sixteen Candles is on. And I still laugh everytime!

21 05 2008
Shine

SPACEBALLS! Uncle Buck! anything with John Candy in it. And I loved the deviousness of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. One of the feature length cartoon greats like Bebe’s Kids. Man spaceballs was great. And I love all of you guys now. I was so disappointed by the amount of black people I meet who damn near cuss me out for liking Spaceballs (I also like all of Mel Brooks other films). I was so freaked by that little dancing baby alien that came out of that guys stomach at the end.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

hahah Dom my husband rolls his eyes when it comes on! I take over the TV and make him watch it with me everytime ahhaha

Harold and Kumar 2 was funny assss fuck to me i loved the 1st one i watch it non-stop ahhaah

21 05 2008
Shine

Dag Ms. Epps Gene Wilder, every movie with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder was great but I will always love that crazy haired man for playing Willy Wonka

21 05 2008
Knatural

YES! Purple Rain! How could I forget? And no product placement in that movie. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – definitely.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Big
And the scary movies were better, like Poltergeist and the first Hellraiser…

21 05 2008

abyss( blame my dad)
back to the future
ET
BEETLE-FUCKING- JUICE
BREAKIN’
BAD BOYS
THE COLOR PURPLE
COMING TO AMERICA
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
DIE HARD
DISORDERLY’S
FERRIS BUELERS DAY OFF
FULL METAL JACKET
GHOSTBUSTERS
THE KARATE KID
THE LAST DRAGON<–YEA!
LITTLE MERMAIDS
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
LITTLE MONSTERS
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
POLICE ACADEMY
GRIMM RAIN MAN
REVENGE OF THE NERDS
ROBOCOP
THE WIZ

I know I forgot some

21 05 2008
shabooty

Merri Lee – yeah the last time I filled up my gas, at sunnocco (i cant spell), they had full blown LCD screen TVS -showing ESPN with Ads sprinked in.

Sister Toldja – I went with co-workers there today for some1s b-day lunch. But I’ll take a hoe there if need be. It def aint in my normal bag of tricks. Yeah normally I’m a heres some beer, and if you want some left over ChexMix I got sitting on my coffee table, help your self. Just don’t get crumbs everywhere.

I had a housewarming with a bunch of people, popped in a frozen pizza, cut it into 4 slices, took the first slice, and told the rest of the peeps to fend for themselves.
$

21 05 2008
maya

…I’ve had to retire my Dutty Wine, though, ever since last New Year’s when I smacked my drunk head right into my friend’s head. Not the business a’tal.

21 05 2008

omg KNAT. Big was the movie

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

OMG Bebe’s Kids I use to have that movie and i would watch it everyweekend as a kid and i would beg my mom to rent Sandlot i love that movie i thought Gonzales was hot! hahaha House Party was my ish too hhaha

21 05 2008
puff

@ sister toldja

there were only a couple black people on SATC (most notable blair underwood…. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm damn i would happily buy him a short set, whatever the fuck that is) but i guess they were just keeping it real. those upper-east siders don’t really roll with us coloured folks.

austin powers 2 and the starbucks was kinda ridiculous, but i can’t even be mad, i love love love that movie

21 05 2008

Home alone was my shit too

21 05 2008
mari

PURPLE RAIN!!! Ne’, i love you! man, spaceballs is the ISH…speaking of other mel brooks movies, Young Frankenstein anyone?

21 05 2008
maya

I think if I watched Willy Wonka after chiefing, I would probably have a servere panic attack. Especially during that scene where they go in that tunnel and he starts spazzing out.

21 05 2008
Shine

Oh shit, do you know how much I dug the Fat Boys as a kid?! I forgot about the Disorderlys and that silly song with Chubby Checker and the Fat Boys- Doin the Twist. Good times

The Last Dragon is Black Movie Classic and I have it on DVD and VHS dagnabit

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

abyss( blame my dad)
back to the future
ET
BEETLE-FUCKING- JUICE
BREAKIN’
BAD BOYS
THE COLOR PURPLE
COMING TO AMERICA
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
DIE HARD
DISORDERLY’S
FERRIS BUELERS DAY OFF
FULL METAL JACKET
GHOSTBUSTERS
THE KARATE KID
THE LAST DRAGON<–YEA!
LITTLE MERMAIDS
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
LITTLE MONSTERS
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
POLICE ACADEMY
GRIMM RAIN MAN
REVENGE OF THE NERDS
ROBOCOP
THE WIZ

OMG JESUS YES!!! we all def need to have a girl’s night and watch old movies and order pizza and get drunk…

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

I HATE 80s movies. I seem to be the only one. There is just something about the production values and the acting that bothers me. Maybe it was the horrible clothes…I despise anyone who lists Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as one of their favorite films.

I like fantasy movies from the 80s. Labyrinth and Never Ending Story were my favorite movies when I was growing up, David Bowie was the weirdly feminine hotness.

I have never seen ET and never plan to. I am a Star Wars/Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings uber nerd. I’ve read all the Harry Potter books (they came out in succession when I was about the same age as the characters in each successive book…it was like they were me :P).

I loooove Willy Wonka. I can say every word of that damn movie.

21 05 2008
Lindsay

I have The Sandlot!

And I still have a mini-crush on Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez.

FOR – E – VER

21 05 2008

Yea shine I love the last dragon. I watch it now and get weak at the poor stunt/karate moves.

21 05 2008

omggggggggg the sandlot. I was in love with MIKE Vitar!!

” You’re killing me smalls”

21 05 2008
Shine

thats Frahnkensteen to you mari

21 05 2008

Yes mrs. epps… I’ll bring the wine from napa, ca

21 05 2008
mari

@not blonde – HP is amazing..but i must say, i get so pissed at JK Rowling for letting her books get butchered on screen like that! the only good one was the 4th; the 5th got me so heated at how horrible it was! but it’s ok, i did a BOGO and saw Transformers right after:)

21 05 2008
mari

thank you Shine!

21 05 2008
Shine

Shoot I had such a crush on TaiMak. (Hated stupid horrible acting vanity) I just sometime stare at the DVD box cover. I ain’t shamed. I even looked him up to see what he’s up to. He’s on myspace and I almost joined just to be friends with him. Still sexy too.

David Bowie! yes he was weirdly feminine and still scares me to this day. I think he showed up in an episode of Venture Bros. as a cartoon and gave me the creeps.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Benny..sighs…

ok anyone remember when Comic View well now called “Classic” Comic view…I miss the old comic view with bruce bruce and arnez j hahaha Arnez J would have me peeing my pants everytime how would jump around stage acting shit out ahahaha too funny..old def comedy jam was my ish i had it on dvd russell would crack me up cuz he would say the same shit at the end of every show “god bless goodnight” and Martin would be like “that nigga say the same shit every night switch it up russy russ” ahhaha

21 05 2008

I know ya’ll had to like the five heartbeats!!!

21 05 2008
Knatural

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA@”I’ve had to retire my Dutty Wine, though, ever since last New Year’s when I smacked my drunk head right into my friend’s head. Not the business a’tal.”-Maya. Damn you, now that song’s in my head.

How could I forget Ferris Bueller. Bueller. Bueller. NotBlonde – the production value is what makes it so great; look how far we’ve come in twenty-five yrs! I lthink your 32Fs cloud your judgment. I’ll take the special effects (now we call it CGI) from Superman II any day. And what Black person doesn’t like The Color Purple.

Die Hard
Dirty Dancing (nobody puts Baby in a corner!)
The Fly
Beetlejuice

21 05 2008

OHHH YESSSSSSSS! ARNAZ J IS THE BEST YO!

21 05 2008
Sylph

Bruce Leroy. Shirtless. Mrowr.

21 05 2008
Shine

I am pissed off at that last Harry Potter. The epilogue thingie sucked like Willow. Plus I had an imaginary crush on Remus Lupin and hated that he died too. I already hated her for killing Sirius who I was building up a crush on too. And I didn’t like any of the movies. Most of those kids can’t act. Only that Ron kid can

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@ Shine, LOL. My mom used to not let us watch Labyrinth when we were younger because she thought David Bowie looked like a creepy child molester. And he was stalking a 16 year old girl and stole her baby brother…

@Mari Personally, I love what they’ve done with the ones after the first two. Those were co close to the books that they were boring to me. I like the other ones because they are more like films and the kids are better actors. They let them act like real people instead of actors in a “magical world”.

21 05 2008
mari

Ne’…YES. lol, every time i see leon robinson in a movie i can only think of him as david ruffin or JT…lol!

21 05 2008

Anyone remember “stand by me?”

21 05 2008
Shine

Never saw dirty dancing. never wanted to. boo. Ghost however was good. Don’t think I could watch it nowadays. BTW Classic muppet stuff was all fantastic. Mmmmm TaiMak now I’m going to be fantasizing about his shirtless self all afternoon at work.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Oh, and I will be seeing Sex and the City. I’ve seen every episode probably several times thanks to reruns and HBO. I’m going in my Stuart Weitzman’s with my $20 on sale H&M dress.

21 05 2008
Knatural

Highlander! That’s the nerd in me. No product placement, I think.

21 05 2008

lmao mari

“Night’s like this…AAAY WISH… that rain drop’s would faaaaahhalll”

21 05 2008
Muse

Someone earlier mentioned product playment in hip hop music videos which is idiotic to me because these entertainers are not getting paid for dropping name brand crap in their music videos.

As for SATC, I gotta give them credit because that show really got me into high fashion. However I make an effort support Black Designers like Kevin Hall and Tracy Reese. If I’m going to psend a lot of mney, I would rather go into the hands of other blacks.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Tha Sandlot is the best movie ever. Hands down. I don’t know any girl who didn’t think Benny was the hottest guy ever.

21 05 2008
Shine

Yea I actually thought David Bowie was a child molester in that movie which is why he wanted that baby. Never really understood what was going on but I thought someone was going to get raped.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

@ Shine, LOL. My mom used to not let us watch Labyrinth when we were younger because she thought David Bowie looked like a creepy child molester. And he was stalking a 16 year old girl and stole her baby brother…-NotBlonde

ahahhahahaha i know right but i loved that movie it was cool to me when i was younger but gave me slight nightmares that a ghostly white man was chasing me!

21 05 2008
mari

@not blonde- i guess so, but after reading lord of the rings (yes i did, don’t judge, lol) and watching the movies, i can’t get over what an excellent job peter jackson did of going from book to movie…the HP movies just piss me off, but oh well. i still don’t know why she didn’t let spielberg do the movies…

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@Mari, because Steven Speilberg movies follow the same boring ass formula:

Boring Boring Boring BIG ACTION SEQUENCE Boring Boring Boring BIG ACTION SEQUENCE The End

21 05 2008

I own the complete SATC dvd book it has season 1-6
*ducks*
I am watching them episode by episode until the day before the movie.

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

I so want to go home and watch 80s movies with some beer and pizza. I wish I had a TV. *Ahem* Bailey, can we add this to the schedule for the weekend. I got Harlem Nights on DVD! Best line ever: “Excuse me, I’m new around here and I don’t have any friends. You look awful friendly….wil you be my friend?“-Sunshine

It works, btw.

21 05 2008
mari

@not blonde- to each his/her own!

ok y’all….lean on me?!

21 05 2008

Not a movie but did anyone play the hell out of sonic the hedge hog on sega. yo I would pause that game and go play outside for hours.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@Ne, the big pink velvet book? I have that one. Watched every single episode with my now ex-boyfriend. We fought about almost every episode and how women and men have differing opinions about things.

21 05 2008
blackberry molasses

Looooove Spaceballs!

Favorite Scene: Watching the video tape of the movie during the shooting of the movie. ” This is now, we’re looking at now, now.”

Favorite line:
What’s the matter Col. Sanders?? Chicken?????

Prepare ship for…. Ludicrous speed!

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

David Ruffin and the Temptations hahahah omggggi have that on DVD..I cant help but call Leon David Ruffin as well and when i see Angela Bassett I think of “Anna Mae” ahahha

21 05 2008

“you smoke crack dontcha?”

“free mister clark, free mister clark”

21 05 2008
Shine

You have Harlem Nights! I was mad it got erased off my DVR. I’m coming to your house this weekend ST. Don’t act like you’re not home when I show up on your stoop. And I’m not leaving if you have uptown saturday night trilogy too. My parents wont let me steal them and no one will buy them for me. And I haven’t seen them on sale anywhere.

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

OMG! TaiMak!!!! The Last Dragon! YESSSS! Remember when he was the creepy date on “A Different World”? I was like “Why won’t she just do it to him? No way he should have to try and take it?” I am going to hell.

21 05 2008
Sylph

Knat, you’re my movie twin. I love Highlander and it’s ridiculous sequels. Almost bought the sword and everything. There’s no product placement but lots of decapitation.

Big Trouble in Little China

21 05 2008

aww I love you notblonde …lol

the pink velvet book…I cried when carrie hurt Aiden. I also hated Alexsandr’s old ass.

21 05 2008
Shine

Sega Gamegear beat the gameboy any day. Sonic was whoopass

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

HAHAHAHAHAHA, I used to play Sonic for HOURS at a time with my sisters. We would do the two player part where we race each other through different levels. My big sister always beat me but I didn’t really care because I loved that game.

We also played the shit out of Power Rangers. We played rock paper scissors to figure out who could play the Green Ranger and then the other sister (usually me) played Trini or Zach.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

i would play sonic on ym sega all the time and the little mermaid and power rangers hahahah

21 05 2008

bwhahahahahahahahaha ST i hate that you remeber that. I felt the same way. Like that’s bruce leroy green girl!

21 05 2008
Shine

I forgot about all the silly beverly hills cops those were almost as good as Ghostbuster. Oh David Bowie wasn’t the guy in the creepy painting in ghostbuster was he? Nah that guy was balding, either way David Bowie is now my epitome of creepy.

21 05 2008
mari

lol, Ne’ you are making my day! @mrs. epps, i do think of anna mae when i see angela bassett! what’s love got to do with it….ok, i’m seriously gonna watch this movie tomorrow, lol

21 05 2008
Cheekie

Knatural – Remember that scene where E.T. was drinking Coors Light (product placement) and Elliot got drunk?

Hell, yeah! I know that movie inside and out and never get tired of it. When E.T. says “I’ll be right here”, I LOSE it. Waterworks all around. Never fails. *hangs head in shame since I’m 23*

Oh, dammit, someone mentioned Karate Kid! “Get him a body bag! Yeaaaaahhhhhhh!” And Johnny’s pancake ass bangs when he dancies with Allie and Daniel(-San) sees them? Mr. Myagi’s “squash like grape” analogy? All kinds of good times.

21 05 2008

I also loved playing crash bandicoot (sp?)

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

We got into a huge fight about the Miranda being preggo episode. He said that Steve had a right to know and make a decision about Miranda having an abortion or not and I said that it was totally Miranda’s decision.

And he was like, but it’s the man’s baby too and I was like, well then you carry it for 9 months and ruin your life.

21 05 2008
Knatural

Né – stop. Sega Genesis? Sonic and Mortal Kombat, that’s all I needed.
ST – I remember that episode. Dwayne jumped throught the sunroof to save Freddie!
I heart Sylph, in a non-sappho-rific way. Highlander was my shit, and Blade Runner!

Killer Klowns from Outer Space!!!!!

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Back to work…

21 05 2008

omg I hate you allll

my work is piling up!

21 05 2008
maya

*dead* at gamegear.

What was the movie with Brook Shields (i think) where she and her brother became lovers and grew up together on an island? I like that movie, strange as it is, although i clearly had no business watching it.

21 05 2008
Shine

OMG knatural you are now just trying to traumatize me. I accidentally ran across that movie when I was a kid thinking it would be fun since they were at a carnival and there were clowns. I had nightmares for weeks that I was trapped in a cotton candy coccoon. Couldn’t drink koolaid for a year.

21 05 2008
Bailey Blues

@ST – yeah, you know i’m down to chill and watch some 80s movies.

i had to go to an off-site meeting – yall have been active

21 05 2008

I totally agree not blonde. I am making the decision…support me or move on!

21 05 2008
Cheekie

NOTBlonde – HAHAHAHAHAHA, I used to play Sonic for HOURS at a time with my sisters. We would do the two player part where we race each other through different levels. My big sister always beat me but I didn’t really care because I loved that game.

We also played the shit out of Power Rangers. We played rock paper scissors to figure out who could play the Green Ranger and then the other sister (usually me) played Trini or Zach.

OMG, this ain’t even right! Ya’ll got me reminiscing like it ain’t even funny! Sonic? My homie. Tails? Cool, too, but I used to hate how he always flew when you pressed “jump” two times.

Go, go Power Rangers! I used to crack up whenever they transformed into the Megazord and took about 12 hours to do so and I always KNEW the bad guy could kill them while they were taking their damn time transforming. And I’m LIVID they’re trying to pass off these bootleg Power Ranger “sequels” as the real deal. These kids don’t KNOW Power Rangers. Oh, and Jason (original Red ranger) was my boyfriend. All the other girls wanted Tommy, which he’s aiight, but Jason had me. *swoon*

21 05 2008
mari

lethal weapon? mad max?

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

@ Notblonde- Miranda was the FIRST man in the world to give birth. This other dude is taking his shine.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

LOL. Jason was waaaaay too white for me. I was all up in Tommy’s Native American ish.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Daaaaaamn ST, that is wrong, LOL

21 05 2008
Knatural

Cheekie – “Sweep the leg!”

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

You people have me messing around laughing at work. I’m in the library dammit. Shh.

21 05 2008
Merri Lee

Now the theme song to “Sonic the Hedgehog” will be stuck in my head all day.

21 05 2008

omg mari…mel gibson looks totally different now

21 05 2008
Cheekie

Sister Toldja – That Different World episode came on recently on BET. LMAO @ “she scratches like an alley cat”. I LOVED when Dwayne tried to save her through the sun-roof then screamed at her to come back when he got stuck.

Oh wow, Mortal Kombat?! MORTAL. KOMBAT. Lovin’ it. I remember my entire LIFE was trying to get each and every cheat code for fatalities, friendshps, brutality, babality, etc. Meleena was my girl, LOVED her. She was too badass. And Scorpion, “get over heeerrrrrre” or “come heerrrrrre”. Hotness.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Maya,

Bluelagoon is the name of that movie i love that movie when it comes on i blank out the world!!!

21 05 2008
mari

@Ne’ – he does!!! that b*tch is crazy now. hmmm, let me see….flashdance? hehe, i can’t believe no one mentioned that yet

21 05 2008
Knatural

Power Rangers was the gey, and racist. Why was the Black dude dressed in black and the Asian dude dressed in yellow and the White girl dressed in pink? Racist.
Yes, trying to get Mortal Kombat cheats pre-internet was like pulling teeth. I loved Scorpion! I would race home after school to play that damn game, I was completely absorbed.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

The Last of the Mohicans was my movie too even thought they had that wack ass white dude “playing” native american

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Dwayne Wayne is/was the closest to a perfect man I have ever known.

21 05 2008
Cheekie

Knatural: LMAO @ “sweep the leg”. YES, Sensei! He scared the hell outta me, though.

And that damn crane kick Daniel-San did! I thought I was the shit whenever I did that at the playground. Most likely I didn’t do it right, but I was DA SHIT.

21 05 2008
Dustin

My friend’s firm rented out a theater for the SATC movie. Brunch will be served (bottomless mimosas – yea) and there will be a shoe and handbag competition with prizes.

I auditioned for the Power Rangers’ first cast when they were searching for that new ranger with the super powers to join the cast. I was too young. It wound up being Tommy, the guy with the pony tail (judge).

I liked “Troop Beverly Hills” in the 80’s.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

yellow ranger was a girl hahaha and the pink ranger was suck a slut she went between dudes the red ranger and green ranger..smh

21 05 2008
london

product placement in shrek killed me…
funny and clever…
but only the first time round…

and as far as i know and i am pretty certain.. there are no females in the lord of the rings books…

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

i love flashdance i always got up and started dancing when she did her audition hahah

21 05 2008

lmaooo @
And that damn crane kick Daniel-San did! I thought I was the shit whenever I did that at the playground. Most likely I didn’t do it right, but I was DA SHIT
——————

I was fucking the boys up with the crane kick…Thank you Daniel-san

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

No one mentioned “Im Gonna Get You Sucka” that was the ish

21 05 2008
Dustin

I have two copies of Flashdance on VHS and two copies on DVD. I also have the soundtrack on CD and on my iPod.

She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor . . .

21 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Yes Mrs. Epps! That and Hollywood Shuffle=classic.

Dustin-that is absurd! Is it in NYC and can I come?

Ok, I really need to do some work…

21 05 2008
Dustin

Brunch is in Austin, TX.

21 05 2008
mari

@mrs. epps- hehe, yeah, that was the best part of flashdance!

@london – if i start putting up the names of all (or at least the main) female characters in lord of the rings, then i will def. be the official nerd of the day lol. but i will anyway! Eowyn, Arwen, Galadriel…just to name a few (there were only a few anyway)

21 05 2008
Knatural

Oh my god, the Crane Kick?!?! I Crane Kicked this kid’s juice box right out of his hands…then ran.
Remember Alien Nation?

21 05 2008
Lindsay

Man, this ashy girl dropped my Game Gear, and it always had a black bar across the top from then on.

Matta fact, she’s the same one who broke my Skip It.

21 05 2008
Charlee

Anybody live in Louisiana?

21 05 2008
Ethel

Still dwelling on the post about Labyrinth. Why hasn’t David Bowie done another movie? He was pretty great in that.

And on a singers that have done well in movies tangent, why hasn’t Tina Turner done another movie? She was great in ‘Thunderdome’.

I’d bring up Whitney Houston as I enjoyed ‘Bodyguard’ but unfortunately I think that train has left the station.

21 05 2008
london

some other good placement
everyone in the fifth element wore gaultier…. givenchy did all of hepburn’s wardrobe in breakfast at tiffany’s..
patricia field did wardrobe for satc… the untouchables had armani…
notebook on city and clothes – yohji yamamoto
and pret a porter… a fashion dream… loads better than dwp..
all good.. love it..

21 05 2008
Cheekie

OMG, Skip It! I ALWAYS wanted that, but never got it. *tear*. I played with my next door neighbor’s though.

Which somehow segued my mind to… Ring Pops. OMG, if you gave me one of those you were automatically my BEST friend.

21 05 2008
london

standing corrected mrs epps…
why i thought that i do not know…

21 05 2008
Muse

Ne dont’ feel bad. I have the whole sex in the city series. I love that hoe Samantha. She’s a slut but a slut with style and personality.

A have a few Samanthas in my life.

21 05 2008
Shine

I was in a diner the other day with my girl and we played that thunderdome song like 3 times. We don’t need another Heeeerooo, We don’t need to find a way home…

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@London, in the books the female characters were played down severely. They barely existed. In the movies they wanted to beef up the female roles so it wouldn’t be a sausage fest.

21 05 2008
mari

@london- eh, that’s ok, the books had so much content it’s easy to forget what was in them

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@Cheekie, aw Ring Pops…those were the business on the playground during recess. Does anyone remember Raven’s Revenge? It was this sour flavored sugar powder that came in tubes that looked like drugs so they banned them from my school.

21 05 2008
mari

@not blonde- you’re right about that lol

21 05 2008
Dustin

OMG. I have ringpops in my desk drawer right now!

I had a pink Skip-it too that my mom bought for me. (Sometimes it is, in fact, nurture over nature.) Ha!

21 05 2008
Knatural

Please stop. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is one of my favorites! It was how I learned about little people (Master). Cheekie and Lindsay, I’m about to be gay and friend you on Myspace, if that’s ok.

21 05 2008
PrettyPiscesGirl

maya (16:39:13) :

Co-sign Pretty Pisces Girl..

but don’t be fooled, white people keep Canal Street poppin’.

Oh, yes, this I know…YTs are the ULTIMATE consumer/product whores…

21 05 2008

omg do ya’ll remeber the socks that you fold after you put them on, and then the damn socks sink into your shoe throughout the whole day?

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

i had a pink skip it too and a red one omgggg yess and who said 5th element was that you London! i was watching that last week i love that movie!! ring pop omg ahhaha losers just like me what about that zebra gum that flavor last not even 5 seconds hahah

21 05 2008
london

@ notblonde..
cannot say i noticed them as a kid..
when they appeared on screen i was like ‘wah!’ who the fuck are they?
thought they were put in to get the dads along to the movie…
funny what you remember about books read as a kid…

anyhoo must dash…am due down the pub to watch the second half of man utd v chelsea…

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

hahah Ne yes! i had those socks.. who remember Black and White..those dress shoes omg

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

who remem’s war heads? those sour ass candies??

21 05 2008
Lindsay

@ NotBlonde –

Maybe that’s a West Coast thing (the name). We called ’em Pixie Sticks and yes, I sure did feel like some kind of addict when I was eating them.

And Knatural, Myspace isn’t gay at all! Friend me on facebook too! (I’m the only Lindsay in the SBPH group.) …or, I’ll friend you…whichever comes first.

21 05 2008
Shine

Ug worst thing about the eighties were those socks and those bloody stirrup pants. As if it helped keep your pants on if you strapped them to your feet.

21 05 2008
Muse

OH I wanna join the facebook group too. HEHEHE.

21 05 2008
mari

oooh, zebra gum!! i loved that stuff! remember the tattoos on the wrapper?!

21 05 2008
Lindsay

@ Mrs. Epps –

My “business casual” shoes when I was little were my black and white saddle shoes.

My “formal” shoes were my patent leather (black or white, depending on the season) shoes with the strap and buckle. …And matching purse, of course.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

totsie pop..
Fat white boy: Mr. Owl how many licks does it take to get to the center of a totsie pop”

Mr. Owl: I dont know lets find out one two three crunch

21 05 2008
Lindsay

Fruit Stripe Gum, I believe it was called.

And my Af. Am. Studies teacher produced some Fruit Stripe gum in class last year. Don’t know where he got it from, but we all got our nostalgia on that night. 🙂

21 05 2008
Shine

Anyone you know who has a small dog should get one of those super pixie stix in the big plastic straw and feed the whole thing to the dog. Did that with my friends furry little white rat and that dog went Bonkers! It was running up and down the stairs, would stop halfway and come back, stop halfway in the room and flip onto its back and twitch for 20 seconds. Then get up and run again. Good times…

21 05 2008
Shine

More fun than giving a dog a big ole glob of peanut butter and watching their mouths get stuck for 5 minutes.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Lindsay yes those things the saddle shoes! and then it went to Mary Janes as my mom called them the black shoe with the strap hahaha

hahah those pants with the spandex strap at the foot omg ahahahha i reme those..SMH remember those big ass gum ball hair bows? OMG and Bazooka Joe bubble gum with the cartoon strip..

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

ahahha remember those candy cigarettes you got off the ice cream truck hahah and when you blew out powder would come out mimicing smoke hah

21 05 2008
Knatural

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA@Shine. That’s cruel. I used to do that to my dog, too. I also used to stick his treat in his collar to see if he’d figure out where it went.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@Mrs. Epps, OMG Candy Cigarettes were hilarious. Those got banned from my school as well. Along with Slap bracelets because they thought they incited violence.

21 05 2008
mari

@mrs. epps- those gum ball hair ties were crazy; at my kindergarten graduation they were so big i couldn’t get my little display thing (we re doing some kinda thing) off my head for like 2-3 mins..i was holding up the line and everything, hehe

21 05 2008
Shine

Slap bracelets did incite violence, especially when the broke and wouldn’t curl up no more and you were just slapping the mess out of people.
Is it really cruel if the dog comes back for more?

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

@Shine

I believe that if the dog is stupid enough to come back for more, it is not cruel. 😛

21 05 2008

My favorite candy of all time:

shock tarts…not sweet tars but shock tarts

21 05 2008
Lolo

Pop Rocks. Good for dogs and uh, blowjobs. Really. Just not together, Shabooty get your mind out of the gutter.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Did anyone else freeze their juice boxes in the summer? My elementary school sold them and cut the top open for you and you’d have a bunch of little kids running around with red, purple and orange mouths :).

Warheads were also popular but got banned because people were tricking others into eating them.

Other banned items:
Pogs, Pokemon cards, Lisa Frank stickers (if they weren’t already on your stuff), marbles, Jelly pens, and fancy shoe laces.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Slap Bacelets omg hahahah they were ban from my school as well and that game where you would hit someones pencil and they would hit yours and who ever broke the pencil 1st won hahha

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

i loved Pogs! wasnt in to pokeman cards kinda wack..i miss kickball

21 05 2008
Dannie

Hey Shine,

I adopted that name from the cartoon (I’m a total 80s kid at heart), mainly cause I like the catchy theme song, though I am also a Gnarls Barkley fan too

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Bracelets I mean..

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Hmmm, shock tarts. never heard of those.

Push Pops also got banned because people would poke others when it basically became a candy ice pick after sucking on it for awhile.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Kid got issues wtf @Push Pops also got banned because people would poke others when it basically became a candy ice pick after sucking on it for awhile.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

LOL. I went to a primarily white kid elementary school too…weren’t they supposed to be the kids who were well behaved? Or at the very least, non-violent?

21 05 2008

shock tarts are round and chewy sour candies..yumm

What about jelly sandals and big wheels?

21 05 2008
Shine

I wanted a big wheel and a pow-pow-powerwheel until I was 12. I was very upset when my little brother got a powerwheel motorcycle when he was 3 and he wasn’t even excited by it.

21 05 2008
Shine

Actually now that I think of it, liking DangerMouse (cartoon) and Gnarls Barkley go hand in hand I think. Did you watch Count Duckula too?

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

I loved Fruit Stripe Gum…of course the flavor lasted about 10 seconds, but those 10 seconds were filled with fruity deliciousness.

21 05 2008
NotBlonde

Jellies! I had purple sparkle jellies and clear jellies. Every girl at my school had those damn shoes. That was when painting our toenails also became popular and if you had colored shoes you matched your toenails to your jellies. Which of course meant that I thought I was the shit with purple sparkle toes and jellies. *sigh*

21 05 2008
Shine

Hah. Nail polish. My mother would only let me wear the peel-off nail polish which i thought was cool but only came in those ugly colors or pukey pink and beige. Yuck.

21 05 2008
Dannie

I still got my Garbage Pail Kid cards lying around somewhere, if anyone wants to trade with me

21 05 2008
Dustin

Awww. I loved playing “Pencil Break.” Only the boys played. I sucked at it. I always broke my own pencil before I even hit the other guy’s.

21 05 2008
Angry IV

If Matrix Reloaded had a GM car chase, then why was Trinity riding a Ducati?

Also – how about Transformers’ product placement? Tyrese holding an iPod in plain view for 3 minutes in the opening scene, every computer was an Apple, and the “good guy” GM cars versus the “bad guy” Ford cars…hahaha.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Jellies!!! i had jelly shoes in all colors..

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

I went outside for some air since when were dirty white flip flops in style? white ppl and their dirty ass feet..I use to go to school woth this girl that wore nothing but flip flops basically yr round and she had some dirty soles i tell ya her feet were sooooo black and so were here dirty ass white flip flops! I remember when wearing nothing but old navy flip flops was the shit at my school hahah I had every freakin color…remember when the black girls wore those ugly ass gladiator sandals that tied up the leg not was upp…

21 05 2008
Dannie

LOL @ Shine, maybe Gnarls and Danger Mouse do go hand in hand, in some weird, random way!

Naw, I didn’t catch Count Duckula, that’s a shame though, old British cartoons were the shiz!

God bless Nickelodeon reruns!

21 05 2008
blackberry molasses

@ Angry… why did you have to mention the Ducati… almost lost it at my desk. I miss my motorcycle sooo much.

21 05 2008
sorry charli

top model is the drag queen of product placement. in every episode mr. jay makes sure to give the girls a 7 minute monologue on how apple butter flavored nair (or some random shit) will keep their legs silky smooth as they prepare to pose while dangling off the brooklyn bridge.

at first i didn’t notice it so much but then i was like “waiiiiit a minute! you don’t need crest whitestrips to do a phpto-shoot about flamenco dancing!”

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

Since when were denim shorts with suspenders hot? SMH

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

ahhah you know what use to urk the hell outta me..when i was at my little cousin’s football game in jax i would see random black dudes walking around with dreds anf have a ball cap on with a hole cut out in the middle of it so they could have their dreds sprout out at the top…WTF..why dont you just get a damn visor if you’re gonna do that haha

21 05 2008

I hate visors like I hate wire hangers…lol

21 05 2008
Cheekie

Knatural – I added ya!

HAHA! Candy Cigarettes! I thought I was a femme fatale rockin’ those.

LOVE you, Mrs. Epps for referencing the Tootsie Pop Commercial. A-Onnnnne, A-Twooooooo, A-Three…*crunch*. Three! That owl is pimpin’.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

hahaha Né hahaha your Faye Dunaway! NO WIRE HANGERS NO WIRE HANGERS!!!!!

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

lol Cheekie i hate how lil kim and sisqo made a song outta that shit…hip-hop is dead

21 05 2008

lol I can’t stand to see them.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

I have the Green, pink and orange plastic ones from walmart @ Ne

21 05 2008
Angry IV

blackberry molasses – my next bike will be a Ducati of some form. Right now I’m riding a Honda CBR 600F4i. I just put a custom muffler on it (custom, not aftermarket!) and it sounds GREAT. I think that’s all the money I’m putting into it though. I’m in love with the Ducati 848 and the 1098 though.

21 05 2008
Angry IV

And I think Trinity was riding a 749 Dark…man I would kill a man to get one of those for an affordable price.

21 05 2008

Nice to know you have some color in your closet…NICE! I want to invest in the wooden hangar’s but it’s going to be expensive.

21 05 2008
Mrs.Epps

I want a black Harley VRSCAW @ Angry…

21 05 2008

** hanger’s

21 05 2008
shabooty

@ Lolo
pop rocks blowies arent comfortable on tha dick.

$

22 05 2008
Lolo

@shabooty, you’re not supposed to shove them in the peehole, you know.

22 05 2008
my2blackbabiesrbeautiful

Am I dating myself with Porkies 1,2 and 3?

And the Oscar goes to Italian Job for introducing the homosexual Mini-Cooper.

22 05 2008
Angry IV

Harley = boo. Get yourself a good Suzuki or Honda cruiser, maintenance won’t kill you after 5000 miles.

22 05 2008
Sister Toldja

Pop Rocks in the what? I can’t do this with y’all todaaaaay! Cause I read that and thought about the uncut gentlemen y’all made me look at yesterday and now I am having all types of frightnening thoughts. Between this and Muse posting the worst thing I ever saw in my LIFE on the Facebook group….I hate EVERYTHING.

22 05 2008
Shine

Oh Angry, do you know how many masculine points you just lost by saying that (check the FAQ for how to lose masculine points). EWG, suzuki! Honda cruiser yuck. and muy gey. Mrs. Epps knows what she’s talking about getting a hog. You lost everything you earned by bringing up the Ducati. Lovely, I want a superbike still and I want a custom yellow/orange paint job on it. But thats in my dreams. In my heart, I gots me a hog.

suzuki….. so sad

22 05 2008
Shine

Wait that’s muse posting all that stuff up there on the facebook? We’re still playing guess the S/N? If I’d known that I’d not have posted mine. Also now that I know that’s muse, I must reiterate, I don’t never ever want you showing up in my dreams muse, I can’t imagine what kind of fuckedupedness may be occuring if you popped up. You or shabooty or David Bowie. My subconscious is already a little weird. Screw now I’m scared to go to sleep tonight.

22 05 2008
benjie

pop rocks…really?

i could see how that would be painful, but i have to admit that i’m interested.

halls work well.
but i assumed everybody knew that. i found out kinda late

22 05 2008
Lolo

@ST, I knew you were going to go there …. mwahahaha.

22 05 2008
Muse

LOL@ Shine…

I’m a true Gemini. On one end if I’m sophisticated and on the other end I’m pure coonery. I love the duality in my life.

22 05 2008
blackberry molasses

Awww.. stop picking on Angry. Hondas are fine bikes with wicked handling… I should know with the number of tickets I got courtesy of NJ State Troopers for ‘excessive weaving’ and ‘aggressive driving (riding?)’… my best friend banned me from her bike for that shit… why in the hell would I sit in traffic on a bike when I can ride the lane markers and shoulder like a pro?

I had a kickass purple and black Monster 696 gifted to me by dear old dad… that thing was my “O” machine….had to sell it a year ago *sniff*

22 05 2008
ppbandit

I’m not sure if it was mentioned, but Transformers had to be the biggest violator of product placement I’ve ever seen. That movie was basically a General Motors commercial…

22 05 2008
ninabrown

Castaway: damn FED EX and that damn WILSON volleyball!

i’ve become so accustomed to product placement that not only am i following the plot, i’m also playing a round of “where’s waldo?” w/ product placement.

22 05 2008
ninabrown

i love “back to the future” one and three!

22 05 2008
SOMALI QUEEN

Hmmm. I coulda sworn this site was on KFC’s payroll. *shrug*

22 05 2008
goose

I’m not gonna lie, Somali Queen’s comment is funny.

Not true. But funny nonetheless.

(i guess I should go back around read the over 300 other comments that I missed…)

22 05 2008
Shine

@ blackberry molasses – You had a purple and black Monster and you sold it!!! I’m in mourning now.
@ Muse, I should’ve known your ridiculousass was a Gemini. You geminis are mad crazy. And constantly fooling people into thinking you’re sane and sophisticated. and its all lies

22 05 2008
justelise

@ ppbandit: Transformers really burnt me. We all know that the Autobots came from varied manufacturers. I hope the sequel isn’t another GM commercial. That and the lack of plot was kinda disturbing.

22 05 2008
blackberry molasses

@ Shine
I had to… paying for grad school and insuring that thing at the same time was a B***H. Damn Bush and his systematic deconstruction of our economy. I still mourn the loss of my Monster… DAILY.

22 05 2008
Shine

I’m mourning it too. There used to be a guy who lived in my building who had a red superbike and a purple and black monster parked in the lot downstairs. Every day I would just walk by and drool.

22 05 2008
KG

I haven’t the attention span to read everyone else’s comments but what about Transformers? Besides ruining a huge chunk of childhood nostalgia for me by sucking huge robot balls, the whole movie was a GM ad from beginning to end and wasn’t the least bit subtle about it. God, I hated that movie.

24 05 2008
Carjack

Iron Man definitely had it going with the Verizon phones and Audi… His souped up Audi that he races against his RR driving chauffeur and the Audi at the end with the white chicks in it who freak out when they see “robots fighting in the street”. I’m almost positive there was more gratuitous product placement, but at the moment, I can’t think of the others.

24 05 2008
Nice

Yes, that Audi was hot.

27 05 2008
Cola

@ Shine.. I love Harvey Birdman still watch the re-runs on on demand.

Am I the only one that liked Transformers.. I was however very disappointed to see them as GM cars. WTH?!

27 05 2008
Shine

I watch my Birdman DVDs all the time. Fantastic. I’m glad I’m not the only black chic out there that digs them.
I liked Transformers a lot. Unfortunately the GM cars are just not hot enough for transformers. They shouldn’t’ve let any car company sponser them at all so they could use whatever cars they wanted but that will never happy in the movies.

27 05 2008
Shine

@Carjack, you forgot about the gratuitious Bulgari watch checking and the Burger King placement.

27 05 2008
Cola

Well my sister makes three! lol.

27 05 2008
Shine

I swear Cola, err’body else. Where the fuck are you negroes hiding out. Sorry I’m in a bit of a mood b.c. it seems like no black folk I know appreciate shit like cartoons, museums (of sex or other things), parks, ducatis&harleys, blogs, reading, harry potter shit, british humour and (real) bohemian brothers. Damnit all I meet is the ghetto who don’t like doing ‘upper crust’ shit or the bourgie who swear they prefer baked chicken and don’t listen to nothing but gospel and R&B (lying mothafuckas). Neither of which like anything unusual. I only know one black person who would go to the museum of sex with me. THIS IS A MUSEUM OF SEX! and negroes were turning up their noses like that wasn’t the place for them. A museum of sex. (Not to mention I think some of youse hangout there b.c. there was a sexxy black man there with dreads who was there with his boys-most patrons are couples, cool chics in pairs or small groups and creepy old men- so obviously already cool. But I couldn’t hit on him at the museum of sex. I know I’m a freak but I don’t want to advertise it. Like oh, thats the chic I met at the museum of sex, I knew she was gonna be a freak-damnit.) The people who do like these things, that I meet at least, are all non-black which is well and cool until I want to start complaining about white people and/or black people, whateva. Some shit they just don’t unnnerstand.
ALso my ‘chickenjon’ may be my acebooncoon but I don’t think I coulda let ’em get away with saying niggabytes all night long. Funny as that shit is. lol….niggabytes

27 05 2008
Knatural

Hi Shine, I like most of those things, except bikes and Harry Potter. Nothing automotive nor electronic appeals to me. I love museums, cartoons, so-called British humor (humor is humor to me). Black folks that don’t get dry humor like loud, dumbed down stuff like Kat Williams. And what is a bohemian brother exactly? I have an idea but I want your definition.

27 05 2008
Knatural

*they like loud, dumbed down stuff…

27 05 2008
Shine

Negro who sleeps in the park after partying. Does not purchase his own clothes will wear anything that someone throws at him and yet still looks good. Has madddd knowledge but absolutely not commercial, not bourgie none of that shit. Can play video games and expound about the history of africa and puerto rico while kicking your ass in rockstar or GTA. Goes to the museum and then hits up the dirty ass ghettoasfuk might get shot at club afterwards. Has friends who are professors, PhDs, drive cars for a pimp, sell ass on weekends. Goes to poetry reading drinking a beer in a bag. Artsy but not fartsy. Wont tell you any of this shit unless you ask specific question. Rennaissance negros who are continually curious. Down for whatevea.

Actually my definition should just be down for whatevea. Nonpretentious down for whatevea meaning truly, whatevea. Any negro that will go on a road trip with me to see the great American kitsch (i.e. dinosaur land, south of the border, worlds biggest ball of yarn, etc) and doesnt mind sleeping in the car, some farmers land and knows that if we some beautiful scenery or state fair we’re stopping.

Guranteed I don’t live up to those standards but I find men who are like that incredibly sexy. I like to think in my mind that I could do this but I know If I had to sleep on some farmer’s hay field I’d be pissy.

27 05 2008
Shine

Can you tell I had someone specific in mind? 🙂 Also knatural, I reiterate my original question. Where the fuck are you hiding?

28 05 2008
adc

Iron Man … dripping with product placement.

4 06 2008
perri

And there was Burger King product placement in Iron Man that instantly made we want a Whopper, jr.

Don’t remember it. I was too busy watching the watches. Now that’s the kind of product placement that gets me all orgasmic. I have such a fetish for timepieces.

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