Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Christian Drama Queens

Chicken Littles

Savannah, Ga. Holy jeebus. What is it with these Ichthysians? Something drives the Fundamentalists--American Christians in this case--to melodrama. Histrionics. Hyperbole. They are hammy, campy, overacting drama queens; the hyperactive children of all things spiritual. Click on the clip above to see for yourself.

Hell must be a theatre workshop run by these people.

P.S. Somebody give the V.O. talent in this spot a throat lozenge...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To Hell With Taffey Anderson

David Patton/Democrat-Herald

'Bad Book, BAD BOOK!'

Savannah, Ga. It must be genetic. There is a mutant variant of homo sapiens sapiens out and about in this land. They are crippled by the lack of an Irony Gene and infected with the 'I'll-Decide-What's-Best-For-Everybody' virus.

They are to be avoided whenever possible. Grim and determined, they are bent on making people see the world as the same pinched, humorless environment in which they live and breed. They are preternaturally drawn to libraries, making lists and checking them twice; all books fall into one of two categories: naughty or nice. Not content with sucking the satire out of their own lives they seek to spread the grey paste of righteousness throughout the community.

Taffey Anderson of Halsey, Oregon is so stricken. Her 13-year-old son checked out Andy Riley's black-humored 2003 book from the Central Linn High School Library. She took one look at it and decided it was not for her son. Fair enough. Mothers have every right to decide what's appropriate for their offspring in the home. But Taffey's not finished.

According to the Albany Democrat Herald:

“It is a comic book, but that’s not funny. Not at all,” Anderson said. “I don’t care if your kid is 16, 17, 18. It’s wrong. They’re not getting this book back. [if the library replaces it] I’ll have somebody else check it out and I’ll keep that one. I’m just disgusted by the whole ordeal.”

In fact, she plans to torch it.

If you'd like, consider having (or, if you like to shop more locally) send them a replacement copy of the book Taffey's bent on burning:

Central Linn High School
32433 Highway 228
Halsey, OR 97348
T: 541-369-2811

Bibliophiles of the world will thank you. (So, too, will U.K. author Mr. Riley and his publishers.)