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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
My wife and I watched this and thought it was hilarious and we didn’t give a shit that they plugged their business. One observation I would offer to many of your readers is that it’s easy to find fault in things on the Internet and to criticize. Try just sitting back and enjoying something without trying to pick it apart or make ad hominem attacks about people none of us know personally. I realize that it’s hard to keep quiet, especially when we have the ability to express ourselves in so many different ways. But I think we all (and I’m including myself in this) need to try to be a little more patient, a little more accepting, and a little more tolerant, especially during this time of year.
As a resident of the Research Triangle, I think you are being a little hard on the Holdernesses (Holderni?). First off, on a technical note, the video admits it is a shameless plug – I thought being self aware disqualified one from hathos? Second, Penn is one of the few bearable local anchors to watch in Raleigh-Durham. He is a little hipper and edgier than the standard local news schlock, and he wears his stations perennially low rankings with a degree of resignation and panache. I don’t know that this disqualifies one from a hathos tag, but jeez, some context may help. (Also contextual is the huge HUGE deal that having a movie filmed in RDU was for the area. I think someone who lived it could be forgiven for blowing it out of context).
See all of our Christmas Hathos from years past here.
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.
Scenes from Arnold's 1988 Christmas special:
Something to listen to when you're flying home for the holidays in your private jet: