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Monday, April 26, 2021

Consider the above photo to be my contribution to today’s boobquake experiment. Not that that’s my rackage wrapped in a Life Savers bra — my Y chromosome, combined with a general lack of estrogen, leaves me without enough breast tissue to fill even an A-cup. But I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to re-use this stock image, in the guise of a feminist-sanctioned designated pinch-hitter. (If this set doesn’t trigger a tremor or two, I don’t know what will.)

Yes, it’s a silly and gratuitous display. But no less so than the nonsensical declaration that inspired all this boobery:

After Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi claimed last week that “immodest” babes cause earthquakes, Purdue University senior Jennifer McCreight responded by declaring this day “boobquake.”

She’s asking women nationwide to show a little skin today, hoping to prove to the sheik that a little shake never killed anyone. What started as an Internet joke has morphed into social media mayhem with more than 50,000 women expected to join the “movement” through McCreight’s website blaghag.com.

And in addition to McCreight’s blog, a #boobquake hashtag on Twitter is generating ample activity.

Maybe too ample, as today’s seismic shift in Taiwan suggests. Could that crackpot theology actually be correct? If so, I’d be willing to endure a shakier tectonic existence, in exchange for regular displays of “immodesty”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/26/2010 09:33 PM
Category: Creative, Political, Social Media Online, Women
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erectSo we’ve all seen that Kia Sorrento Super Bowl ad with the joyriding kids’ toys. And we all know that Muno of “Yo Gabba Gabba!” fame is a prominent member of that car-selling entourage.

But not everyone in the automotive-marketing world is picking up on Muno’s family-friendly image:

What the hell, Kia? I understand that this “one-eyed monster” is a character from some kids’ show, but to your child-free customers this key marketing character looks like an infected phallus with a nasty case of genital warts. If that’s what you get with a new Kia Sorrento, I’ll pass.

Of course, “child-free customers” wouldn’t be in the market for a minivan anyway. So it’d be easy enough to dismiss such criticism, seeing as how it comes from a jaded car-showroom human prop. On the other hand, speculation about Muno’s phallic-reminiscent vibe(ration) has been around since the show’s 2007 debut:

“He’s tall and friendly,” the theme song informs us, as the giant orange cyclops jumps up and down (vibrates, really) and giggles. His most noticeable for-her-pleasure feature by far is the fact that he’s covered with Astroglide little bumps that aren’t unlike several products you’ll find in the Good Vibrations catalogue.

So is Muno really an overgrown joystick, in more than one sense of that word? I guess there are worse things to be patterned after.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/26/2010 08:08 AM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Pop Culture, TV
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