I call it the Harry Potter tipping point: nothing can get that famous that quickly, and not inspire an inordinate amount of parodies. Recently, the media’s wittiest have been going after the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, the adult, fan-fictionalized BDSM version of Twilight, resulting in SNL skits, Twitter posts, talk show retellings, and even a musical. So, it was only a matter of time before the foodie world got a hold of it, too.
Unfortunately, the countless innuendos to be made don’t really put me in the mind for food. In fact, I prefer all my food and BDSM to be separate. Apparently, I’m in the minority, if this YouTube trailer for the parody cookbook “50 Shades of Chicken” is anything to go by. Featuring pictures of semi-nude men handling (read: groping) raw chicken (breasts), and recipes titles like “Dripping Thighs” and “Chicken with a Lardon”, the book/video seek to…I dunno, sell more copies?
Working in food news, there are plenty of internet crazes we sadly don’t get to play along with, one of the most recent being PSY’s ridiculously entertaining video (and subsequent horse-inspired dance craze) for “Gangnam Style.”
Well my fellow food writers and readers, rejoice. Youtube user ActRecordingly has just released an In-N-Out inspired Gangnam Style parody, just in time to fit into that tiny window of ADD-riddled opportunity before PSY goes from being weirdly awesome to unbearably annoying.
And okay, so the lines aren’t particularly inspired and the production quality is only so-so, reminding everyone of just how far we’ve really come since Youtube’s early days, but it might be worth it just to hear the guy’s respectively creative (and always true) pre-chorus whoop: “I want Animal Style!”
Well here’s an answer to a question no one was asking, but it’s probably safe to say the makers of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream probably aren’t “screamers.”
Yesterday, Vermont’s Finest filed a lawsuit against Rodax Distributors and Caballero Video for producing a series of porn flicks entitled “Ben & Cherry’s,” featuring such pun-porn-tastic (purntastic?) titles inspired by the line’s most popular flavors as Boston Cream Thigh, Peanut Butter D-Cup, Hairy Garcia, and AmeriCone Cream.
According to the suit, the DVD packages clearly parody the iconic Ben & Jerry’s branding, including blue skies, cows and green grass, and pervert them according to fetish: “Peanut Butter D-Cup for large-breasted women; Chocolate Fudge Babes for African-American women; Hairy Garcia for hirsute women; New York Fat And Chunky for large women; [and] Americone Cream for ‘a delicious mix of hot American gay men.'”
Which, clearly, the pristine and prudent B&J’s company shan’t have anything to do with, lest it tarnish their perfectly PC, perfectly family-friendly image–Schweddy Balls and Karamel Sutra notwithstanding.
Chances are, because the parody is so overt (and because Ben & Jerry’s can), Rodax and Caballero are probably going to lose, requiring them not only to turn over all the profits made from the DVDs but also to have the infringing DVDs and related promotional material destroyed. Which, truth be told, might be a little too bad. After all, the box for Chocolate Fudge Babespromises four discs and 20 hours of footage, which is definitely longer than a normal carton of Ben & Jerry’s would last me.
Do you use your iPhone for phone calls? Eh, you probably do, but I’m willing to bet that a good chunk of you mostly use it to take pictures of food.
Adam Sacks, of Adam Thinks fame, created a parody video featuring a “leaked” iPhone 5 promo that streamlines our obsession with taking pictures of food and sharing it online through different social media outlets.
The iPhone 5, as Adam brilliantly envisions, is an iPhone stripped of everything except the camera, Siri, and the ability to post your pictures on Instagram, or whatever you use to make your friends jealous. Who needs a fancy-pants camera when you’ve got the new iPhone on your side, right?
Without spoiling all of his jokes, check out what Adam thinks should be the next iPhone in the video below:
(Reapers, Rednecks and Hippies: The Food Ditty is what happens when you take two up-and-coming actresses and let them sing about bacon and kale — that is, pure comedic genius.)
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon and everything around feels so ridiculously “Los Angeles.” For starters, it’s just the second week of August and already we’ve had not one, not two, but four not-insignificant earthquakes in the past three days. I had to beast it through at least an hour of traffic just to get here. And the weather outside has settled down to a cool 95 in the shade. Sitting across from me at the Intelligentsia Café in Silverlake — Macbooks and Chihuahuas in tow — are Emma Bell and Ellen Wroe, stars in such little things as the Walking Dead and Gary Unmarried and most recently, costars in the latest installment of the Final Destination franchise, Final Destination 5. Bell’s blonde-framed, Irish-skinned face is practically melting off as she describes to me her personal food philosophy. To her left, Wroe (or as her rapper alter-ego is known, E-Wroe) is laughing.
“My take on food is a little more extreme than ‘Everything in moderation,’ Bell (AKA Emma Bee, a self-proclaimed hippie-vegan-fairy-princess) explains, “I love food, very very much. I think food most importantly is there to nurture us, and — and now she’s laughing at me.”
I don’t even have to turn to hear it, which helps provide an early glimpse into the girls’ ribbing, sisterly relationship — though who exactly is the big sis and who’s the little is hard to tell at this point. Maybe they alternate, maybe they’re both at the same time or actually neither one at all. But that might be getting ahead of things. It could also just be the heat talking. So let’s backtrack.
Right, so, it’s L.A. We’ve got that. It’s summer—got that too. Now, why, exactly, are we here? Could it be the fact that two young, attractive up-and-coming actresses want to spend their free time singing about food and somehow that’s kind of awesome? Or the fact that the Kickstarter campaign for their aforementioned food symphony ends in less than a week and could very well benefit from a few well-placed journalism plugs?
It might be a little bit of both.
The Food Ditty, our transitory raison d’etre, can be best described as a parody Jazz and Rap and song and dance battle between junk food rapper E-Wroe and vegan singer Emma Bee, and is also, incidentally, Wroe and Bell and director Brent McHenry’s summer video project — who’d have thunk.
Set to include puppets and food trucks and magic carpet rides, the Food Ditty aims to mock the “dichotomous viewpoints of the American health food craze” and do so in something along the vein of the Lonely Island—that is, with music. And sexy people. And puppets.
A quick once-over and you can tell Wroe and Bell both strangely are and aren’t their characters. Wroe, the 24 year old, Texas-born brunette/gymnast/USC-ADPi alum, plays E-Wroe, former star of the popular Gatorade Rap and current hater and tormentor of farmer’s markets worldwide. Bell, the Jersey-born, 26 year old blonde, plays Emma Bee, whose own character belts out the wonders of kale and flowing armpit hair and having regular bowel moments three times a day. Neither of them is the “hero,” and — spoilers — neither of them really wins, but the two friends first met while filming Final Destination 5 and it was on that set in Vancouver two years ago that the smallest kernels of the Food Ditty first began to take root.
They tell the story of Wroe’s lowest food moment:
“It was on Final Destination 5,” Wroe says, “I play the gymnast in the movie. So then a day of training was particularly rough. I was hurt, I had all these bruises, my hands were ripping, and I was just not doing well. I was so mad and I decided I needed ice cream, so I left, and I went walking to find a Dairy Queen. Took me 40 minutes and I finally found one—”
“And on the side of a highway,” Bell interrupts, “It’s not like we’re in a city center. We’re like in the suburbs.”
“— Like the suburbs. Anyway, I knew what I was doing going into it,” Wroe continues, grinning, “I ordered a waffle cone and a Blizzard and I ate it. And then I ordered another Blizzard… ”
Bell breaks out the finger quotes: “—for a ‘friend.’”
Wroe laughs. “I said, ’Can I get a Blizzard for my friend outside?’ and they knew I was by myself. Anyway, I took it out and then I walked next door to a McDonald’s and got this really cool Oreo Caramel McFlurry they don’t have in America. And I felt fine.”
Watching the two of them go at it is a bit like watching another “Dis B*tch” .gif, except with more residual heat and more background traffic noises. “After that, I was like, ‘someone needs to reign this child in,’” Bell says, “and I tried to put her on an all-healthy, you know, vegetable, lean meat thing, just to cleanse her system. And I remember one day she’s like, ‘yeah, my stomach hurts again. I think it’s the apple. And I’m like, ‘yeah, I don’t think it’s the apple.’”
Both raised in homes with firm eating dogmas, Bell and Wroe also incidentally both have parents who dealt with cancer in their youth. When her mother was diagnosed with leukemia when she was seven, Bell explains, she completely overhauled their family’s diet, switched to vegetables, raw and healthy eating, and is currently alive and well after originally having only two years left to live. When Wroe’s father was diagnosed with lymphoma at age eight, on the other hand, he decided to have a milkshake “every day” (but is, incredibly, also still alive).
And maybe deep down, the Food Ditty can be read as a response to all that, some long-a-coming, Jungian result of years of childhood stigmas bubbling to the surface — or, as Bell jokes in the Kickstarter promo, maybe it’s just a testament to the girls’ undying commitment to being popular. In any case, both girls admit their end goals are to just do good, be good, and have a good time:
“I tend to play really sad, dramatic, crying characters, or I die,” Bell says, “so I thought it would be fun to do just a fun, light-hearted thing.”
Wroe, who started acting playing mostly male or androgynous characters in her high school plays, takes part of her inspiration from the young miss Rebecca Black: ““I saw her [video, ‘Friday’] and was like, ‘seriously? This is terrible. If she can do it, so can I.’”
When I ask, they tell me that almost everything is done. The song is recorded. The director is set. L.A.’s The Bun Truck will make a cameo, and the two of them are most excited about shooting the film’s final dance off sequence in the middle of a split-screen county fair/farmer’s market.
All they need left is the money to do it. For now though, as the sun goes down and the temperature keeps rising, the fair-skinned Bell has retreated to the shady part of the table, and the group of us has barely enough energy for a quick word association game (Subway: Gross; Foodbeast: Brilliant) before we just have to get up and go — E-Wroe, Emma Bee and Whimsy (Emma’s dog) to film a JBeibs spoof, and me to the sanctuary of my car for the two hour long drive home.
Named the “Best Gay Bar in the World” by MTV two years running, The Abbey promises that 100% of the proceeds made from the sandwich’s sales will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, according to the press release.
The $5, eight ounce sandwich features a breaded boneless chicken breast, served with pickles on a toasted buttered bun, and is set to be available through presidential elections this November.
The Abbey’s founder David Cooley explains:
With the upcoming election, even our lunch choices are a political statement. If corporations have the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on an agenda of hate, we as an LGBT business community have to spend money supporting Marriage Equality,” he said. “If corporations have the same free speech rights as people, the people have to exercise their First Amendment right at the cash register by patronizing businesses that support our agenda and stop giving money to those that oppose equality.
On the event page for today’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made a similar point by asking attendees to come out to their local franchise to “support free speech.”
The Chick-fil-A Company thus far hasn’t thrown itself for or against either side of the most recent flame wars, except to say that it is not responsible for their promotions. In fact, it has been suggested that since the beginning of the PR firestorm, the company has been trying to save face and lie low, but it seems like not everyone is so willing to let them off the hook.
The business world has seen what happens when an organization supports the LGBT community — which is that the LGBT community and its allies will support it,” Director of News and Field Media at GLAAD Aaron McQuade said. “Now we have empirical proof of what happens when a company rejects the LGBT community. The LGBT community and its allies will reject it.
Looking back to two weeks ago, it seems a bit hard now to swallow the fact that so much political outrage and gravity can be attributed to eating a measly chicken sandwich, but as long as this whole affair is still going strong, might as well enjoy the show.
A recent video parody by Funny or Die features actor John Goodman dressed as KFC’s Colonel Sanders jumping at the chance to promote his own chicken chain as gay-friendly—or at the very least, purely and unapologetically capitalistic:
“Hell I don’t actually give a shit,” Goodman/Sanders slyly admits near the clip’s end, “Gay or not, you’re just a bunch of big old money mounds…” As we rightly should be.
FungBrosComedy puts a foodie spin on some beloved Ne Yo, Kanye West and Jay Z songs by celebrating local food and entertainment hotspots in the city of Rowland Heights in their parody music video Colima Road.
Filmed to the tune of Ne Yo and Pitbull’s Tonight as well as Kanye West and Jay Z’s Otis, the video highlights food and drink spots located in the southern California city of Rowland Heights.
The video features The Los Angeles suburb–located approximately 25 miles east of Downtown, and highlights numerous foodworthy points of interest in the city including Boiling Crab, Class 302, and Banana Bay just to name a few.
Check out this visual amalgamation of Rowland Heights flavor here: