On YouTube today, there’s a big-ass advertisement for some newish Honda ad campaign starring Patrick Warburton. Most of the world will probably remember Warburton as David Puddy–Elaine’s on again/off again boyfriend–on Seinfeld. He also does a shitload of voice acting work, where he doesn’t have a tremendous range, really, but he’s usually pretty great. I particularly loved him as Kronk in The Emperor’s New Groove and as Brock Samson in The Venture Brothers.
I like the guy–what can I say? So I clicked to watch the video.
It took me a little while to figure out where they were going with this before I realized this is meant to be a spoof of that viral “can’t hug every cat” video, which I’ve never actually watched except in auto-tune form, and which I assume is also supposed to be some sort of spoof of…something or other.
Anyway, long story short, my boy Patrick Warburton cracked me up. So here’s some shameless product placement for which I’m not even getting paid.
In totally unrelated news, on the way home from work today, I was listening to a story on NPR’s All Things Considered about some controversy around the book Three Cups of Tea, which has something to do with building schools in Pakistan or some shit. Anyway, 60 Minutes ran a report claiming that parts of the book are fabricated, so now there’s a class action lawsuit by people who purchased the book and want their money back.
First of all, who the hell buys books? That’s what your public library is for!
Second of all, who gives a shit? I’d be willing to bet that a good percentage of non-fiction books employ dramatic license and have a bunch of fabricated details, or events that didn’t actually happen to the author which may, in fact, be unsubstantiated hearsay. I guarantee you that the people who read that book didn’t give two damns about poor people in Pakistan before reading that book, so was it really so bad?
I don’t know. The stuff about the author possibly using money donated to his charity for his own purposes is bad, of course, but if you want your money back because you were inspired and now your inspiration is deflated…I’m sorry, that is just horseshit.