Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Rusty! What are you doing to Jerome?

The children of Friendly Giant Bob Homme have a problem with the CBC; specifically, they are angry recent treatment of puppets. As a result of an incident at this years Gemini awards the family is removing are moving Rusty and Jerome from their current home at the CBC museum. When I heard this on the radio, I have to admit that I thought it was a joke, I kept waiting for the punch line and when it didn’t come, it somehow made the whole damn thing even funnier.

It appears that the recent Gemini Awards included a skit showing Rusty, Jerome and other stars who require a hand up their ass to talk, living in a retirement home. But they were not living the quiet sedate life of your typical retirees, with lawn bowling, woodworking and knitting. No, these puppets are apparently indolent slobs who sit around all day, drinking, smoking and (the horror!) having sex!

It was the libidinous lifestyle the skit hinted at (never showed) that has Ms. Hommes knickers in a knot. While I understand how the puppets might be special to her and all she must realize it was a joke! A Lark. A gaff. A bit. Besides, none of the puppets actually did anything- Rusty never inhaled! Come on, who the hell watches the Gemini Awards anyway?

Is it just me, or does this reaction strike you as a tad extreme? The CBC reacted in a bit of an odd way too, but at least they had a little style. CBC employees were invited to say goodbye to Rusty and Jerome at a midafternoon ceremony at the Graham Spry Theatre where they aired old episodes of the show. Milk and cookies were served.

I guess they saved the hard stuff for after work.


WhitbyDude01 said...

She probably thinks that the skit sets a bad example for kids. This argument fails because like you've mentioned, NO ONE WATCHES THE GEMINIS! If she had any sense she would actually try to make money out of it. I would allow as many people as possible to show these characters under the influence and engaging in inappropriate behaviour as long as it was lucrative for me.

Also, let's be realistic here. If anyone's a crack addict it's Rusty. Plus Gerome looks and sounds like he's been stoned since the 11th century. The musical harp intro at the beginning to each episode combined with the floating into a castle to see a big pair of shoes with a voice saying "...look up....look wayyyyyy up" sounds like the beginning to the worst kind of drug trip imaginable.

Charles Cheeseman said...

I didn't watch it either, but the skit sounded funny. I always knew there was something going on with those two, the way Rusty's eyes never moved as he looked at Jerome. Oh my, and Rusty was male too. How radical was that show? If Rusty had only been a hen rather than a him, CBC might have allowed a mixed relationship all along.

Jay said...

I think I'll just "curl up in the big chair" and watch the snanigans

c'est moi said...

That is all wrong! It is likely that the Ms. in question is an old fart. I'm surprised that the CBC isn't tripping over itself to kiss her ass.

nadinebc said...

I am surprised it got as much coverage as it did. Maybe she is getting ready to pilfer a book and needed publicity.