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The pro-gay French McDonald's ad gets an American parody, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. HILARIOUS!! Hahaha thanks for posting this!
    "Okrrr," Is that a thing now? Are all the young gays doing it?

    Posted by: Joany | Jun 7, 2010 12:14:18 PM


  2. Okay. We need to make 'McTwink' happen.

    Posted by: MT | Jun 7, 2010 12:17:31 PM


  3. You all should check out this guy's channel. His name is Andrew and he has a lot of good stuff. This particular clip is good but by no means the best of the bunch.

    Posted by: Snowlowe | Jun 7, 2010 12:21:56 PM


  4. Hmmmm. I think the point of the orginal was the unexpectedness of the twist, and the sweet, lightly humorous tone. This is quite funny, but about as subtle as a sledgehammer, and the stereotypes make it easier to dismiss. Am I being over-critical?

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 7, 2010 12:22:02 PM


  5. I've been trying to pronounce "Okrrr!" for the past 10 minutes.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 7, 2010 12:23:08 PM


  6. Pretty uninspired actually. Maybe the bar for humor is set too low.

    White boys (or men) acting like caricatures of black women does in fact have a shelf life that already expired.

    Posted by: Spot | Jun 7, 2010 12:33:16 PM


  7. They just had to play the nellie card, because gay humor isn't funny without lisping, mincing or effeminate behavior.

    Posted by: GGREEN | Jun 7, 2010 12:35:09 PM


  8. 'I went as the progressive insurance woman' Ha!!!

    Posted by: paul | Jun 7, 2010 12:35:11 PM


  9. This wasn't parody, this was actually quite homophobic and insulting to gays. It also shows why the original commercial can air in a place like France but not America, as we are still so very backward and not progressive on this subject matter.

    Posted by: Ian | Jun 7, 2010 12:38:40 PM


  10. This is sad coming from Andrew.

    A better spoof, as I just posted to his blog, would have been to have a PFLAG type parent trying to encourage a NON-stereotypical gay kid to join the military or get married and have a gay wedding.... that would have been bold and not a stereotype.

    Instead Andrew saw this as an opportunity to tap into viral videos for fame and of course this will get great play among the gay-haters and tea partiers.

    Posted by: josh | Jun 7, 2010 12:43:24 PM


  11. It's a parody ya'll. If he played it completely straight and not effeminate it would just be the original commercial.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the joke isn't on the kid being super gay, but on the dad ignoring the OBVIOUS fact that his son is gay.

    Posted by: JR | Jun 7, 2010 12:48:23 PM


  12. The guy in the French commercial was much more attractive. Also, in the French commercial there was the "first love" at school angle which was very believable.

    This parody was just crass, but that's what the internet is for. Not everyone has McDonald's resources to do casting.

    Posted by: John | Jun 7, 2010 12:53:41 PM


  13. It's unfunny and almost as offensive as that stupid Cisco Valet commercial running on Logo. With all the acting and writing talent we have as a community, you'd think we could do better.

    @SPOT: Perfectly stated.

    Posted by: HawaiiBill | Jun 7, 2010 12:56:19 PM


  14. @JR: I think you're right. It's the obliviousness of the father - which just exaggerates the same plot feature of the original spot - that creates the humor. Well, that and the twink making that funny sound when he says OK. ;) Anyway, everybody needs to chill the fuck out and laugh a little.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Jun 7, 2010 12:56:35 PM


  15. It's not about chillin' -- give us a break. It's not funny. It's bad comedy for the "Eating Out" and "Another Gay Movie" crowd. And it's tired.

    And it's for people like JR, for people who can't even spell slang -- it's y'all -- you all (contract it and take out the missing letters, how hard is that?) -- it's not ya'll. Talk about the bar being set low.

    This is definitely "the American version." The French version is sophisticated, provocative, and not a stereotype. Like any number of French gay films are.

    This is tacky, unimaginative, and naturally for Americans -- still dealing with its own issues -- especially Andrew Keenan Bolger who can't apparently decide if he thinks this gay character is witty or just a waking joke.

    Posted by: Jameson | Jun 7, 2010 1:02:42 PM


  16. It's Funny 'Cause it's Funny. Anyone can over criticize anything. The Irony that parents refuse to acknowledge the personalities of their own children is all to common and to funny. If you have kids and socialize with other parents you know what I'm talking about. Sometimes it's OK to laugh at ourselves!

    Posted by: E | Jun 7, 2010 1:07:08 PM


  17. These comments are lining up nicely.

    We can see the level of intelligence in the crowd that thinks it's clever. "to common and to funny." Damn. Too too scary.

    The comments above that this is for the "Eating Out" crowd hit the nail on the head.

    Posted by: josh | Jun 7, 2010 1:13:04 PM


  18. I wasn't offended at all.

    Posted by: Snowlowe | Jun 7, 2010 1:15:37 PM


  19. @spot, I wholeheartedly agree

    Posted by: Jesus | Jun 7, 2010 1:18:04 PM


  20. Jameson, I totally get what you're saying and you're definitely right. Also, sorry to have misspelled "y'all." Didn't realize a misplaced apostrophe was really setting the bar that low.

    I just wonder how else he was supposed to characterize that kid? If he was "sophisticated, provocative, and not a stereotype" isn't that just the original commercial?
    I don't know. I'm gay. I laughed. It's funny! And his little gay teenager character while stereotypical is still endearing. I mean, he did go as Flo, the Progressive lady for Halloween. That's not exactly unsophisticated :)

    Posted by: JR | Jun 7, 2010 1:26:42 PM


  21. Sad that so many Americans see this as the face of the gay community.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 7, 2010 1:38:14 PM


  22. Jesus. Lighten up, y'all.

    We all know at least 2 twinks who are JUST. LIKE. THAT.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 7, 2010 1:39:08 PM


  23. Does anyone know what the song is or who sings it? "no final curtain, and nothing is for certain, and nothing's set in stone. There's no big bow..."

    Posted by: Joe L | Jun 7, 2010 1:41:29 PM


  24. "I went as the Progressive Insurance lady". LMFAO. BTW, her name is Flo. And to all you critical bitcheses: STOP. RELAX. Its all just good fun.

    Posted by: tinalouise | Jun 7, 2010 1:45:19 PM


  25. JR:

    I can't speak for Jameson, but as I just posted over on Andrew's blog, we have choices when it comes to being funny -- we can continue to stereotype ourselves for laughs from straight people who like to ridicule us as being that way, or we can be provocative in other ways.

    How about a gay kid in denial, someone who thinks he's straight acting and butch, with the parent not being the less open one and encouraging his kid to be who he is? A good actor and writer could have made that funny.

    Or a gay-friendly parent who thinks the kid should have a gay wedding and join the military -- and have a NON-stereotypical kid offer a different point of view about "being who you are."

    Instead, Andrew -- who I know is smarter than this -- chose to play into the hands of people who think we are the worst stereotype. He says this is closer to the kid he was -- but I doubt he was this extreme.

    And sorry, I think we've seen this all before. The Progressive lady? Mildly amusing and current-event referential. But sophisticated? No.

    The Mike White - Justin Long marriage ad is sharp and sophisticated. This is not.

    Posted by: josh | Jun 7, 2010 1:45:49 PM


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