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Rejected Languages For Coke’s ‘Un-American’ Super Bowl Ad’

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Last weekend, we were given yet another reason to lose faith in humanity, courtesy of the internet’s reaction to Coca-Cola’s should-not-have-been-controversial-but-sadly-somehow-became-so Super Bowl ad. The commercial, which overlaid a montage of American landscapes with a multilingual medley of “America the Beautiful”, spawned all sorts of outrage from angry viewers, who proceeded to call Coke “terrorist” and “communist.”

In case you didn’t get it the first time, YouTube comedy group Garlic Jackson Comedy has now created a parody version to really hit home just how absolutely ridiculous the whole fiasco really was. Their version features all the languages that didn’t make the commercial’s final cut, including dolphin, “Charlie Brown Adults,” and the fake sign language from Nelson Mandela’s funeral, as well as renames English into “Good Ol’ American.”

Check out the ad below:

H/T Design Taxi

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Video

Anna Kendrick Gets Sassy in Newcastle Mock Super Bowl Ad

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Earlier this week, our other favorite internet sweetheart Anna Kendrick gave the web a good chortle with a new mock Super Bowl ad for Newcastle Brown Ale. In it, the “approachably hot” actress sits in what’s presumably her Newcastle-given dressing room and airs a not-unextensive list of grievances. Such as: not being able to say the words “Super Bowl,” being gypped out of a “sh*t-ton” of money from a beer she doesn’t even drink, and not being “beer-commercial hot.”

“I’m approachable hot, like the hottest girl in your improv class hot. Like hot to the kind of guys who feel bad calling a girl hot. But I love a challenge,” she says, mad-dogging her own reflection.

Like the rest of Newcastle’s hyper-meta Super Bowl ads, Kenrick’s spot is witty and refreshing, though maybe not quite as side-splittingly hilarious as some internet hyperbole might have you believe. It’s an undestated funny. Like, the kind of funny you’d expect from an American delivery of British humor. Like “The Office” funny. But hilarious, LOL, best thing you’ve seen all week-funny? No.

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Fast Food

Clever Burger King YouTube Ads Mock Annoying YouTube Ads

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If you’re a normal netizen, you know advertisements are a necessary evil. They keep the internet free, so you can listen to Ylvis for hours on end while hate-watching clips from How I Met Your Mother. But that doesn’t make them any less annoying.

Burger King understands your pain.

According to AdWeek, the fast food burger chain partnered with New Zealand-based agency Colenso BBDO to create 64 different YouTube ads parodying annoying YouTube ads. A promotional video by StopPress reveals each spot ties in to the video it appears before, by showing a pair of guys sympathizing with viewers who are “just trying to watch” screaming goats, Anchorman 2 trailers, or North Korean babies playing the guitar:

“Ugh, stupid incredible deal,” they say.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find any of the ads actually on YouTube, even after changing our country setting to New Zealand, so it’s hard to tell whether or not they’re real. But if you do spot them in the wild, let us know? The world needs more satirical meta.

H/T + Picthx AdWeek

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Humor

Hilarious ‘Satiregram’ Parody Account Captures Every Instagram Cliché We’re Guilty of Taking

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The great thing about smartphones and Instagram is that they let everyone be food photographers. The awful thing is that they let f*cking everyone be f*cking food photographers.

The iphoneography clichés are exhausted and endless, enough so that you don’t even have to see an Instagram feed to know what it probably looks like. Here’s a shot of some #homemade sautéed spinach and salmon, because your former college roommate is such a good #chef now. And here’s another of some Bloody Marys and half-empty mimosas, because you and your girlfriends got totally white girl #schwasted last night.

The Satiregram Instagram account takes our favorite Instagram clichés, handwrites, and filter-izes them for your viewing pleasure, from the simple “Arizona Iced Tea” to the “Starbucks Frappuccino + yoga mat.”

Check out some of our favorite food-related shots below, and follow @satiregram for more.

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H/T Design Taxi

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Humor

Clever Instructional Video Teaches Us How to ‘Properly’ Eat Our Food

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You know that one annoying pretentious foodie friend? The one who insists you always eat at the sushi bar, the one who taught you the proper pronunciation of KEEN-wa? Jeff Wysaski is not that friend. The guru behind the high-larious blog Pleated Jeans, he’s the friend who totally knows that feel, bro, the feeling of hating yourself after one too many potato chips, the feeling of digging popcorn kernels out of your teeth long after the original deliciousness has already gone.

Luckily Wysaski’s latest video is meant to teach us how to deal with all of life’s little food problems. Sure, it’s nothing you don’t already know, but check out some of our favorite tips below and tell us it’s not better than listening to another lecture on gluten:

How to Eat a Burrito: Eat until you’re full. Power through and finish it anyway.
How to Eat Rice Cakes: Throw in trash. Eat chocolate instead.
How to Eat 100-Calorie Snack Packs: Eat one. Congratulate yourself for being sensible. Eat four more because you’re still hungry and that serving size is bullsh*t.

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Hit-Or-Miss

‘The Food Ditty’ Is Basically All Your Summer Diet Struggles In Song Form [INTERVIEW]

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Ellen Wroe and Emma Bell have set the standard for musical food parodies. It’s been over a year since we last sat down with the two young LA-based actresses to discuss their video project The Food Ditty – a “spoof Rap/Jazz/R&B parody mocking the dichotomous viewpoints of the American health food craze,” which is every bit as hilariously absurd as it sounds – (Think Lonely Island meets the Monsanto debate and Super Size Me.) And, after months of brushing up their dance moves, almost spoiling a whole food truck and finally, nabbing a feature relationship with the comedy video website Funny or Die, the misses E-Wroe and Emma Bee are finally ready to torment farmer’s market and county fair-goers everywhere with – what else? – song.

The Food Ditty is largely influenced by the girls’ Los Angeleno surroundings and sketches a world plagued by overzealous vegan hippie chicks vs. junk food rappers on food trucks, but no matter what side you fall on, you have to admit, the ditty’s catchy as f@#k.

Check out the full interview plus the whole video for The Food Ditty and behind-the-scenes below:

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How do you feel having finally released your baby out into the world? Scared? Excited?

Ellen: Relieved!!!

Emma: Absolutely.

What would you say the Food Ditty is actually “about”?

Ellen: The Food Ditty is basically one big rant in which Emma and I make fun of our respective upbringings: my stereotypical Texan family that scoffs at any item marked “Organic” or “All Natural” versus Emma’s equally passionate family that wouldn’t ever think of even looking at much less stepping foot inside a McDonald’s.

Emma: It’s looking at the world’s current food war through a humorous lens. What kinds of foods we buy and eat has become as political as a presidential election. We are bombarded with anti GMO seed petitions, vegan crazes, McDonald’s ‘healthy’ food menu and 24 hour all you can eat buffets. Obviously, through our characters, Emma Bee and EWroe, we take this argument to the extreme, but that’s the point: To poke fun at it all. It’s food! Something that shouldn’t be at the center of so much debate. Eat delicious and healthy foods that make you happy but don’t make you ill, that’s all. We as a society have made food preferences a divisive issue, and Ellen and I thought that was pretty comical.

Do you have any funny/scary behind the scenes stories you can share? Any ravenous trips to Dairy Queen?

Ellen: Nearly spoiling an entire food truck full of food, that was scary. Our power outlet adapter for the food truck turned out to be incompatible. After two failed trips to Home Depot (one after closing hours as I banged [cried] ferociously on the door until they caved), our gaffer was able to successfully “jimmy” the outlet. PHEWPH.

Emma: That pretty much took the cake.

I’ve got to ask about the rolling ETA – first October, then February, now you’re finally done, May 2013. What happened exactly?

Ellen: Long Answer: There are hundreds of pieces to the puzzle that is film production. And when many of the pieces are fixed (budget, location, talent, crew) the piece that ends up being compromised is often the schedule. There were so many talented members of our crew that we simply weren’t willing to give up. So we often changed the schedule to ensure that everyone we wanted would be available.

Short Answer: I’m the eternal optimist and I never think things will take as long as they do.

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Can you walk me through the general post-production process? How long did everything take?

Ellen: Our post production process consisted of three elements: Editing, Visual Effects, and Color Correction (to be completed in that order). We could not start the second step without the finishing the first, so multi-tasking was not an option. Music videos are born and killed in the editing room, so we took our time draft after draft to ensure we had every cut, split screen, and font choice exactly right. Once we had a picture lock, we began tackling the VFX debacle which proved much more difficult than imagined. Color correction was actually the easiest and quickest step taking only two days!

Are you happy with the finished product? Is there anything you would change? Anything that turned out better than you’d hoped?

Ellen: I could not be happier with the final product. It’s exceeded even my highest expectations.

Emma: We are both so proud of all the work that went into this project from every facet of its creation. The final product is amazing!

Do you think the food scene has changed at all since you first started planning this video? Or do you find the themes are still pretty relevant? How so?

Ellen: Mmm this is probably an Emma question…

Emma: The Food debate just continues to rise. With the Monsanto Protection Act being signed, to huge protests against GE foods and in support of GMO labeling, coupled with a rise of obesity and health issues, I’d say it’s even more so.

How does a personal project like this feed into your professional lives? Or does it not really?

Ellen: Work begets work. No matter what the work. Over the past decade the entertainment industry with its formally strict gateway to distributing content (via a major studio or production company) has made way for a vast world of online avenues for Do-It-Yourself-Media. And what’s great about these avenues, is that good content (or content filled with cats) will be watched! So why not do it yourself and see what opportunities may arise?

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How did you get in touch with Funny or Die?

Ellen: Friend of a friend of a friend . . . and a lot of persistence on our end 🙂

Why decide to run with the Funny or Die link instead of your personal Youtube pages?

Ellen: Funny or Die has a much better filter for good, comedic content. YouTube…well, not so much.

How has feedback on the video been so far?

Ellen: Most of the feedback follows this sequence, “wow those sets were incredible. And so was Emma’s voice! . . . oh and Ellen . . .you really have a lot of energy.”

Emma: Don’t be so modest! Ellen has the most fantastically hilarious raps I’ve ever heard. And to think it’s all around Food? That’s a feat!

Do you plan on doing any follow up videos in the future? Perhaps with a different subject matter but using the same characters? (Ellen got the Gatorade Rap; can we expect a kale ballad from Emma any time soon?)

Ellen: We’re cookin’ up a few ideas . . .

You mentioned Emma was in New York checking out the theatre scene. How have misses Emma Bee and E-Wroe been spending their time since last we spoke?

Emma: I co- run a Philanthropic urban farming organization called Unitepeople. We are launching a summer campaign entitled, ‘Organic is Light’ which is all about how living sustainably and organically benefits ourselves and the world around us. It’s been incredibly fulfilling!

What’s next for the both of you?

Ellen: Emma’s returning to Dallas for Season 3 of the TNT show. And for me . . . who knows!
Emma: I’d say total world domination.

Images via Ellen Wroe

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Humor

Chuck E Cheese To Go Cheaper, Dirtier According to The Onion [PARODY]

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It’s easy to mock Chuck E Cheese for being gross and grimy, but is that just because we know better now or because we’ve gotten too old to not care?

A couple of days ago, satirical news site The Onion ran a story on how “America’s best value in family-friendly fun” had announced a new steep price decrease would be off-set by “a chain-wide lowering of hygiene standards.” This would include everything from requiring kids to sign waivers before touching any of the arcade games to giving the bathrooms just “one quick swab” at the end of the day. Like most Onion stories, it’s funny because it’s probably true, though the piece did make me miss the good old days of taking off my light-up sneakers and rolling around the ball pit. Who could forget the feeling of shiny, sweaty plastic beneath our fingers, the joy of button-mashing the TMNT and The Simpsons games after some other kid had just sneezed on them?

Goodness knows Chuck E Cheese was probably just as yucky back in the ‘90s. It’s just too bad caring about our health and hygiene is suddenly “in.”

Check out the full article for yourself at The Onion.

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Video

Apparently There’s a ‘Proper’ Way to Use Chopsticks – Here’s How [PARODY]

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I was once eating out with a Japanese friend when he stopped and told me I was “using my chopsticks wrong.” Now, as a lifelong Asian-adjacent eater (we Filipinos are always told to fill out the “Pacific Islander” box, after all), this took me by surprise. Chopsticks . . . wrong? Did I not tuck the first stick under my thumb firmly? And did I not add the second stick as if I was holding a pencil? And was I or was I not holding the first chopstick in its original position while moving the second one up and down? With this one statement, every paper hashi packet I’d ever torn and hastily thrown aside was called into question. If I didn’t know how to use chopsticks correctly, what exactly did I know?

More than three years later, though, I’m glad to report that everything finally makes sense. It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t using my utensils correctly, but that the Japanese just like to eat like total crazy people.

This hilarious parody video by Japanese comedy duo Rahmens teaches us how to properly use chopsticks, from the correct breaking methods to more advanced holding techniques. In fact, only amateurs even split their wooden chopsticks before using them anymore. The experts just grab another pair to serve as their second sticks. BOOM, like a daimyo.

Check out the video below to get yourself learned. Trust me, the “Phoenix” and “Galaxy” techniques make everything worth it.

H/T Laughing Squid