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Christmas Hathos Alert

Dec 24 2013 @ 8:20pm

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 nearly toxic case of hathos.

All of our Christmas Hathos is here.

Christmas Hathos Red Alert

Dec 20 2013 @ 7:22pm

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.

Christmas Hathos Alert

Dec 20 2013 @ 5:11pm

All of our previous Christmas Hathos here.

Christmas Hathos Alert

Dec 20 2013 @ 9:02am

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 the ’50s and ’60s when X-mas was still a sacred time. I can’t wait for 30 years down the road when we look wistfully back on the pureness of the holiday season circa 2013.

Much more Christmas Hathos here.

Christmas Hathos Alert

Dec 19 2013 @ 5:15pm

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.

Christmas Hathos Alert

Dec 19 2013 @ 3:00pm

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.

Christmas Hathos Alert

Dec 19 2013 @ 10:07am

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 of the day, it’s a freaking plug for their new business. Absolutely awful.

Update from a few readers defending the couple:

Wow, some of your readers are real tight asses.

Read On

Christmas Hathos Watch

Dec 18 2013 @ 11:28am

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.

It might make it all more enjoyable. So let me start the ball rolling with this vintage McDonalds ad from the 1980s.

Now let’s see some serious yuletide hathos, shall we? Let the in-tray rip.

Hathos Red Alert

Dec 13 2013 @ 2:10pm

I’m not sure whether to dedicate this to Norman Podhoretz or Max Blumenthal but it is fanfuckingtastic:

Yes, the lyrics contain these immortal rhymes:

So la da di da di, we like to BE FREE
Dancing with Miley
LIVING however we want
This is our home
This is our rules
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
Can’t you see it’s we who own the LAND
Can’t you see it we who TAKE A STAND
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop
We BUILD things
Things don’t BUILD we
Don’t take nothing from JOHN KERRY

According to Caroline Bankoff, the song is an apparent rebuke to Jeffrey Goldberg! Whatever role Friend of the Dish Goldblog had in bringing this about, we thank you. And – bonus hathos! – there’s a hymn to the IDF:

Read On

Hathos Alert

Nov 25 2013 @ 11:00am

A quarter-century after the release of Cannibal Tours, Dennis O’Rourke’s documentary about global tourism, Rolf Potts draws a few recent parallels:

Though Cannibal Tours was never meant to be taken as comedy, its more memorable scenes have a cringe-inducing quality that calls to mind the delicious discomfort of watching Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Office. In basic narrative terms, the documentary depicts a meandering series of interactions between luxury liner tourists and the Papuans who live in various Sepik River villages. What the film lacks in plot arc, however, it makes up for in awkward tension as it probes the mutual suspicion and misunderstanding that arises when wealthy outsiders visit once-primitive communities in a far-flung corner of the world.

Potts describes the movie’s “most iconic moment” (seen above):

As the sweaty white folks wander around snapping photos and haggling for souvenirs, a handsome young Papuan tribesman speaks to an offscreen interviewer, earnestly explaining what he thinks of the outsiders. “When the tourists come to our village, we are friendly towards them,” he says, his words translated in the subtitles. “They like to see all the things in the village. We accept them here.” While he’s saying this, an elderly German woman wearing high-hitched khaki trousers and silver horn-rimmed spectacles creeps into the background, fumbles with the settings on her camera, and — oblivious to what the tribesman is saying — snaps a picture of him before scuttling back out of the frame. Upon initial viewing, this interaction seems to perfectly encapsulate the strained guest-host dynamic portrayed in Cannibal Tours: even as the Sepik native takes pains to affirm the humanity of tourists, the tourist’s first instinct is to treat him like scenery.

Watch the full documentary here, if you must.

Hathos Alert

Nov 12 2013 @ 3:39pm


Noah Rothman flags a “fabulously cringe-inducing” series of ads to raise awareness about the ACA among young people. And no, it’s not a parody:

Got Insurance is a project of the Thanks Obamacare campaign, created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education to educate everyone about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Limbaugh bait after the jump:

Read On

Hathos Alert

Nov 7 2013 @ 5:39pm

Ghoul Skool captions the corporate event promo:

Want to have your husband groped by grown up theater kids all night?  Want to be forced to participate in various corporate themed dance numbers?  Want to know what it’s like at an [Everything Is Terrible!] live show?  Let CHEZ-ZAM take control of your fantarealms and hyperscapes! This has been in my collection for quite some time now, and I hold it very near and dear to my heart.  It is everything I want in a live event.  Period.

Hathos Alert

Oct 28 2013 @ 9:02am

Dan Colman captions:

Shaun Clayton got into the spirit, took a series of 1950′s and 60′s-era coffee commercials from the [Prelinger] Archives … and “edited them down to just the moments when the guys were the biggest jerks to their wives about coffee.” The point of the exercise, I’d like to think, wasn’t just to show men being jerks for the sake of it, but to throw into stark relief the disturbing attitudes coursing through American advertising and culture during that era. And nothing accomplishes that better than mashing up the scenes, placing them side by side, showing them one after another. It gives a clear historical reality to views we’ve seen treated artistically in shows like Mad Men.

Hathos Alert

Oct 23 2013 @ 9:00am

A lesson in corporate attire from the 1980s:

Hathos Alert

Oct 19 2013 @ 8:29pm

Amber Frost explains the horror:

Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend is a DVD intended to provide a sort of simulated “boyfriend” experience, but only if your idea of a boyfriend is an obsessive simpering weirdo. The half hour performance feels like it was created by aliens who based their idea of heterosexual romance on an amalgam of sexist sitcoms. The “boyfriend” (shudder), compliments you on your thinness on one hand, while telling you how unattractive thin models are on the other. He buys you flowers, and does an extensive amount of chores, including your “hand-washing” (I’ve never trusted, let alone asked, a boyfriend to wash a bra in my life, but to each her own.) The entire thing is just watching a dude fawn and coo; it’s legitimately unnerving.

From a seemingly earnest Amazon review:

I got this out of curiousity and because it looked fun. People might think it’s lame, but it’s not. Just fun for the single girl. With all the good vibes and compliments he had, my “boyfriend” actually put me in a good mood! Sure, he’s just on a dvd and there isn’t anything interactive about him, but that’s sort of the point. You just sit back, relax and enjoy him complimenting you. … All in all, it’s a fun dvd if you want to waste time or feel like being praised and doted on after a hard day’s work, but really is no substitute for a real boyfriend.