Sunday, April 22, 2007

Dear Sister

So last week, while watching the Shia Labeouf-hosted episode of SNL, I sat through the digital short "Dear Sister" with as close to equal amounts of amusement and bemusement as I've ever known. The sketch, which featured characters shooting each other for no apparent reason and was scored to an Imogen Heap song, seemed to be parodying something I hadn't seen. The Departed? Maybe. Yes, I haven't seen The Departed, though I've heard it ends in a bloodbath.

Later in the week, I called it up on YouTube — as NBC now posts the better sketches from
each new episode there — and showed Spencer. He thought it was funny too. And even though the featured song was played initially in a climactic scene from The OC that also involved someone being shot, we agreed "Dear Sister" didn't really seem to be making fun of anything directly. It was just weird of its own accord.

The next day, I thought about posting online here in case anybody who reads this blog might be able to figure out what else could be going on. That was Tuesday morning. Seeing as how most of the humor in "Dear Sister" is derived from people being shot for no apparent reason, I thought better of forcing it on everyone, given what happened at Virginia Tech on Monday. Still wondering — and still finding the sketch amusing, in spite of the carnage — I decided tonight that enough time has passed since Monday that I could post the video here, with the advisory that the clip contains gun violence and that anybody who might be disturbed by it shouldn't watch.

The official, NBC-posted version had been taken down.

I'd guess NBC too realized that now might not be the best time to be letting people watch "Dear Sister," funny though it may be. I'm interested by this. At what point does something — an image, a performance, a piece of art — have to be so offensively ill-timed that the person who released it decides to take it town and just circumvent any potential controversy? I'm not quite sure how to take the video description posted by the non-NBC affiliated YouTube user who put this particular version of the clip up. He simply writes "NBC better get sick of taking this awesome video down."

In an effort to see what other people think, here's the video.

Too violent? Too soon? Too reactive on NBC's part?

1 comment:

  1. That's pretty funny, the song especially.

    Bad timing, though. I don't like that NBC took it down, but I can see why.

    My attitude towards this kind of thing is that if you can't laugh at tragedy, how else can you react and still remain functional?