It’s the age of the Web, where everybody with a keyboard and an internet connection gets to voice their opinions, and in fact seem to think they are obligated to. One of the interesting things about doing parodies (i.e. “making fun of”) things in MAD and elsewhere is listening to all the griping and complaining people who are enamored of your target do online. I don’t go looking for it, but I do happen across it now and then. Some people have a very weak sense of humor, and can’t stand hearing something they like get ridiculed. That’s natural enough, but it’s equally funny to hear them declare the source of the ridicule as totally without merit, even if what they object to is only a small part of the overall content. Whenever MAD does a piece bashing republicans, right-wingers scream that the entire magazine is a liberal rag . . . even though that same issue might have a piece in it skewering the democrats which cause the left-wingers to accuse MAD of being a biased, conservative hack-job.
Politics aside, nothing compares to riling up the scariest, least stable, and most obsessive of fan-bases: tween girls. Look out if you take on Justin Bieber, Twilight, or, in this recent case, The Hunger Games. This recent comment from the Entertainment Weekly website, who ran a sneak peek of the film’s parody last week, made me laugh:
Hunger Games has some obvious plot holes & some less-than-perfect parts to it, but making fun of it really doesn’t make sense to me. I’d prefer to make fun of crap like Twilight instead.
Translation: “Please only make fun of stuff I don’t like. Thanks.”
Actually I am surprised there hasn’t been a bigger uprising (Hunger Games pun intended) over this on HG fan sites like this one. Only a few comments vilifying MAD for being generally unfunny and worthless…doubtless made by those who have never seen a copy of MAD before looking at this sneak peek.
I actually prefer to make fun of stuff I like, as opposed to stuff I dislike. There are always ridiculous things to find in anything, regardless if you like or enjoy it overall. Part of loving something is being able to smile about the absurdities of it. That lesson is typically lost on certain obsessive fans bases, however.
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