A final submission from a reader: Holiday specials are a very particular version of hathos, and nothing, absolutely nothing, beats the Star Wars Holiday Special. It ran once only, before George Lucas ensured it will never see the light of day again. However, as always, the Internet delivers. Even the intro is enough to inspire a … Continue reading Christmas Hathos Alert
Dan Savage reviews Palin’s new book introductory chapter on Christmas. You know you wanna click through. Money quote: This paragraph about gun shopping in December of 2012—one first grader at Sandy Hook was shot 11 times—ends with Palin bragging about her tits. I’m not kidding.
All of our previous Christmas Hathos here.
A reader goes back to 1964: This is a great (read awful) Christmas ad. It has everything that makes this time of year cringeworthy: Malls, consumerism, terrible rhyming, and cancer to boot. It’s especially great since I just had a discussion with my father (65) who railed against consumerism of my generation and harkened back to … Continue reading Christmas Hathos Alert
A reader recoils: I hate this commercial with a passion. Aside from the creepy brother-sister relationship, it’s nice to know there’s such a dearth of “real coffee” in West Africa. Or as another puts it: Do you take incest with your coffee? Previous Christmas Hathos here.
Another submission: This is just a collision hathos: the reindeer gay bois, the overdone singing, the urging to enroll in Obamacare … I can’t stop watching. But I don’t want to enroll as much as make sure I get tested for herpes. Previous Christmas Hathos here.
A reader invites us to “celebrate our Lord’s Birth with these assholes, who set a new standard for Hathos”: Another sees red: This absolutely awful Christmas “card” has been making the rounds. Many people think it’s funny and cute, and they’re more interested in the physical attributes of the wife and husband. But at the end … Continue reading Christmas Hathos Alert
Since that season is at our throats once again, and since I’m always cranky about it, I thought it might be fun to vent some collective Christmas angst by posting the most hathos-filled Christmas videos that Dish readers love/hate. Remember: Hathos is the attraction to something you really can’t stand; it’s the compulsion of revulsion. … Continue reading Christmas Hathos Watch
Something to listen to when you're flying home for the holidays in your private jet:
Tis the season for forced displays of marital fidelity: Herman Cain is back, this time with his wife Gloria. The former GOP presidential campaign has just cut a new holiday video featuring families around the nation wishing viewers a Merry Christmas as the couple sit in front of a glowing fireplace, the word "Peace" on … Continue reading Christmas Hathos Alert