MTV used to be quite odd
These days, kids don't remember that MTV used to be home to some of the most distinctive animation on television.
While the channel has since become a reality TV-soaked abyss, MTV used to cater to outlandish adult animation that was far more brazen than anything seen on Comedy Central.
MTV would often champion shows that didn't have a chance in hell of surviving the mainstream channels. Some efforts would die out quickly, such as the animated sketch show Popzilla, which featured poorly characterized celebrities doing nothing of importance (in one segment, Criss Angel watches Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in a crowded movie theater and obnoxiously comments on how he could actually perform the spells.)
Celebrity Deathmatch<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3b0998f8a5f28014f340388b7bf6694d"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QltxJ7-hHbA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>One can't discuss MTV's irreverent taste in comedy without first mentioning the gory folly of Celebrity Deathmatch. Written by legendary creative oddball Eric Fogel, the show was crafted as a satirical commentary for America's obsessions with celebrities. Each episode's premise surrounded claymation versions of our favorite celebs, who would beat the snot out of each other, with extremely grotesque results.</p><p>The show started as a short impromptu sketch that featured Charles Manson and shock rocker Marilyn Manson fighting to the death. The concept was soon brought back in 1998 for MTV's Super Bowl XXXII halftime special. After the special's success, the premise went full throttle into a stand-alone series, which lasted for four seasons and featured dozens of celebrities. Open discussions circled about the show's<a href="https://pitchfork.com/news/mtv-is-bringing-back-celebrity-deathmatch/" target="_blank"> potential return in 2018</a>, but no additional news has surfaced since. Still, who wouldn't want to see Donald Trump and Kanye West fight to the death in 2020?<br></p>
Beavis and Butt-Head<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6ad9670e990b62cc813f0d395e4e16ac"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AW-iVH9xIEs?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p> <em>Beavis and Butt-Head's</em> ludicrous antics would have never survived 2020's cancel culture, but the show remains another legendary MTV cartoon that, for some reason, has transcended history. </p><p> Focused on the two teenage delinquents' misadventures, the show followed a barely-literate duo who often found themselves in uncomfortable scenarios that stemmed from their interest in "cool" things like heavy metal, sex, violence, and general destruction. Beavis and Butt-Head's "appeal" was their lack of social skills and empathy. They often giggled when they heard words that could be vaguely interpreted as sexual. The show's lack of empathy or respect was absolutely bizarre, and while it was given a two-season renewal by Comedy Central back in July, it remains to be seen if we really <em>need</em> Beavis and Butt-Head to return in 2020.</p>
The Head<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="03b7726ebc18681212212842809dd7a4"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qtk2fG6sraE?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>In <em>The Head, </em>Jim, a trade-school student in New York City, wakes up on a morning like any other to find his head has turned into a colossal behemoth. Roy, a strange purple alien, pops up out of his head a week later. He needed a place to stay to adapt himself to Earth, as he has entered the planet on a mission to save the world from an evil alien named Gork. Totally normal premise, right? Another gem from the quirky mind of Eric Fogel, <em>The Head</em> was a peculiar miniseries that, at times, barely held itself together.</p>
The Brothers Grunt<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c6d6a0e0c0a781d02d354fdd44fbab35"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9t7pylCz_KM?start=329&rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>From the mind of<em> Ed, Edd & Eddy </em>creator Danny Antonucci, <em>The Brothers Grunt</em> was a disturbing tale of five zombie brothers searching for their lost brother, Perry. Featuring ugly animation and over-the-top gruesome details, the show barely followed a narrative and was often confusing and uncomfortable to watch. "[MTV] created the most repulsive creatures ever to show up on a television screen," wrote <em><a href="https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-1994-08-15-9408120967-story.html" target="_blank">The Chicago Tribune</a> </em>of the series.</p>
Clone High<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3a91df1c7fda98ac04aee8a3b8a1bfa5"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5d_MzMcyuXs?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>This strange adult animated sitcom centers on a high school populated by clones of famous historical and cultural mammoths, like Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi. The latter of the two sparked an insane amount of controversy in India when viewers saw the revered activist being satirized and voiced by <em>MadTV's</em> super-white Michael McDonald. Many protested the program on the 55th anniversary of Gandhi's assassination, marching in the streets of New Delhi near MTV India's studio. The protestors "threatened to revoke MTV's broadcasting license in India if they didn't take the show off the air." </p><p>MTV did apologize, albeit briefly. They said the show was "intended for an American audience" and said they "regret any offense taken by the content in the show." The second season was pitched without Gandhi, but the show was inevitably canceled. </p>
Ren & Stimpy<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="325cf30d14313dff6a36e261557479f6"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pQCPm1-tj2k?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><em>Ren & Stimpy</em> have recently re-entered popular culture in 2020 as people begin to double back and reflect on how absolutely absurd the show was–not to mention grossly sexual. It was one of Nickelodeon's first cartoons, and while the show was originally created for children, it enjoyed further success among adults on MTV. </p><p>The series developed a cult following, with many of the show's die-hard fans noting the project's long-lasting influence on animated television. But the show's perversions eventually overshadowed its cultural impact, especially after series creator, John Kricfalusi, was accused of (and partially admitted to) <a href="https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/arianelange/john-kricfalusi-ren-stimpy-underage-sexual-abuse" target="_blank">grooming and raping a 16-year-old</a>. Still, the show always put Rim and Stimpy in strangely intimate situations, such as when Stimpy gave birth to flatulence, and in hindsight, it often parodied the intimacy of heterosexual relationships in off-putting ways.</p>
The contestant picks a date based solely on potential dates' naked bodies.
Despite what Game of Thrones might suggest, America is still pretty conservative when it comes to nudity on TV.
Ever since the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show scandal when Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's breast on live TV, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed strict rules about "indecency" on American television. The moral panic that ensued from the 2004 Super Bowl even led several major networks to edit nudity out of their previously aired shows.
Of course, cable television is not affected by FCC guidelines and can show whatever they decide is appropriate. Most of the nudity on American TV is shown on premium cable channels such as Showtime, HBO and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
In contrast, the United Kingdom has quite a different outlook on nudity on TV. Basically, they abide by "watershed" rules. In broadcasting, the watershed is the time of day after which programming aimed towards adult audiences is allowed to air. In the United Kingdom, 18-rated content must not air until 10:00 PM, but after that, essentially, anything goes. And, according to Channel 4, that can even mean plenty of up close shots of real people's genitalia.
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We ranked the worst parts of Internet fandom in no particular order—since they're all terrible.
As harmless hobbies, most fandoms are predicated on the universal ideal that most media is entertainment, liking things feels good, and you don't get to be an asshole if all don't appreciate your favorite thing.
But at the heart of every Internet dumpster fire, there's an ardent fanbase trolling forums and picking fights about their terrible opinions. While it's one thing to be overly-invested in the love lives of the Kardashians or easily excitable over Lady Gaga's burgeoning film career, some people's dedication to their fandoms can shape their identities.
An obnoxious fandom may simply take every opportunity to flood the Internet with memes, but toxic fandoms can turn into bullying communities, with some circulating intolerant, even harmful, rhetoric. From misogyny and racism to calls for violence and public doxxing, these out-of-control fan bases are some of the worst one's active today. Thanks to the return of Rick & Morty season 4 last night, we're reminded of these insufferable fanbases now more than ever.
1. "The Real Ricks" - Rick & Morty
In 2013, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon's adult animation about an anti-hero mad scientist and his meek grandson began as an innocuous half-hour comedy. Soon, its niche appeal to speculative fiction geeks with irreverent senses of humor garnered a cult following. But a small fraction of the fanbase latched onto Rick's nihilistic and hyper-intelligent misanthropy and basically took it way too seriously. On Facebook, a private group of like-minded "Real Ricks" identified with the character so much that they focused the fandom on defending Rick's narcissism and lack of compassion. Their serious devotion is mocked by the highly circulated "copypasta" post: "To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Rick and Morty. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head."
"Real Ricks" radicalize Rick's tongue-in-cheek quips ("I don't do adventures with chicks") into actual misogyny (including harassing the show's female writers). They elevate Rick's worldview as a guiding pseudo-philosophy that recognizes and even pities "superior" men for their lonely existences as the smartest and most capable humans alive. Although it's a small fraction of the fanbase, it's among the loudest online, which is enough to sour the show's actual merits of unique comedic timing and sharp commentary.
Despite the Internet "canceling" Dan Harmon every few years, it seems that Rick & Morty and its fans will never die.
2. "BTS Army" - BTS
Twitter User: JooniesBoop
Aside from the fact that BTS is not a unique pop group and have no appeal if you're not a fan of K-pop, the fan base's zealotry is annoying, at best, and alarming, at worst. People's most common interactions with the "BTS Army" involve their obsessive gate-keeping of how the Internet talks about its members. The value of its boys (if we dare to speak their names), Namjoon, Hoseok, Jimin, Yoongi, Jungkook, Jin and Taehyung, knows no bounds. But that over-protective doting on the band results in vicious bullying of anyone who expresses a dissenting opinion, from name-calling to racially charged abuse.
Many black BTS fans have shared their experiences with racism from the BTS community. Some fans have received comments on their user pictures that black people aren't "worthy" to be fans of BTS, while another shared, "I've been called ni**** and also told to go pick cotton and it's always anonymous. But they always let me know that they're Armys because they always end the message [with] 'we don't claim you in Army.'" While the Internet always hosts hateful posts, toxic fandoms can unite bullies under a common cause and attempt to justify the harassment of others with their love for their idols.
3. Elon Musk
The cult of personality surrounding Elon Musk is a mix of celebrity worship, self-righteousness, and buying into the man's own savior complex. His core fanbase clings to the notion that Musk's tech-savvy can save humanity. While the group's moral superiority and defensiveness make them insufferable, their willful ignorance of his companies' environmental downsides and disregard for worker safety makes them stubbornly blind. To justify (if not outright deny) Musk's unsound, erratic behavior, many claim that journalists are actively sabotaging his vision of the future. Again, not every supporter of Elon Musk is a devout fan, bordering on worshipper, but those who elevate the problematic billionaire to icon status just muddy the waters of progressive change.
Musk's acolytes were even named the "Worst Dedicated Fan Base" in a March-Madness-style tournament, cynically hosted by The Onion's Michelle Spies. "Elon Musk is their masculine technologic messiah, sent to bring them into a new era," she explained. "They will defend their billionaire Lord to the death."
4. Jordan Peterson
As a clinical psychology professor-turned-YouTuber philosopher, Jordan Peterson appeals to mostly male, disaffected twenty-something-year-olds who cling to his paternalistic self-help advice in place of real guidance. His best-selling nonfiction book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos matches the interests of his 1.9 million YouTube subscribers.
Namely, Peterson offers rudimentary tips for self-improvement and a sympathetic attitude that claims progressivism and Leftist politics have made it harder for young men to reach their full potential. His insular fanbase clings to Peterson's theories that "the masculine spirit is under assault" and feminists have "an unconscious wish for brutal male domination." The mix of personal insecurities and finding scapegoats for one's dissatisfaction with life leads a faction of fans to circulate misogynist and transphobic ideas couched in conservative politics.
5. "Bro Army" - PewDiePie
Felix Kjellberg (a.k.a PewDiePie) tops the YouTube playground with 106 million subscribers to his gaming vlog, but his controversial satire of Nazi salutes, racial slurs, and alt-right beliefs attracts a loyal fan base that has no clear understanding of irony. With a majority of his followers skewing younger than 24-years-old (11% being younger than 17), PewDiePie's fanbase is active in the meme-culture of recycled imagery that blurs whether the intention is satirical or genuine. When the shooter of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand quoted a popular meme about the YouTuber before opening fire, Kjellberg publicly clarified that he was "absolutely sickened having [his] name uttered by this person" and in no way condoned the action. Still, PewDiePie's blunt, unsophisticated riffing on anti-Semitic and alt-right sentiments risks "normalizing hatred" rather than mocking it.
In August 2020, PewDiePie's playlist was leaked, and his fans began leaving transphobic and homophobic comments en masse on some of the artists' pages. Some music artists have even openly asked, "Pewdiepie please don’t listen to my music" because his fans are so toxic.
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