I can't stop laughing.


I love when old people write about pop culture and don't seem to have any true grasp that everything, and I mean everything, is designed to sell something and make a profit regardless of some minor past origin.

Case in point: this article on GI Joe.

It is basically a reaction to the fact that Hasbro, now becoming a media company (once again to sell product) realizes it needs to alter the concept of GI Joe to become something less "fabricated Americana" and something more international to sell the brand properly.

This ties into the future film.

What I just love is the fact that this writer uses that as a trigger to spend the rest of the article basically continuing the American delusion that corporate products have patriotic value.

My favorite part though is this comment...

Where will it stop? We turned our backs on returning Viet Nam Soldiers, we have allowed the Government to (from all outward appearances)to remove GOD from the USA. We allow our Government to run rampant and many seek to seize more control. Now we allow the movie companies to deface and defame GI Joe and with it our "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". Where does it stop fellow Americans? Lets stand up for our Values, Principles and hold our Way of Life as a standard for others to follow. Let us start by keeping God and Prayer available to all. I do not wish to force anyone to believe in my God, but I will not let anyone take my right to believe in God. Only by standing together can we stop this "crazed movement". Each day that we do nothing, we reinforce the stripping of our rights and freedoms. Are we going to continue to stand by and do nothing? I for one am not!
Oh Homo sapiens sapiens americanus.

I so truly love you all.


OMG!! Another "American Icon" raped by the vultures in Holloywood ... just to make a buck and be PC. What the frack is the world coming too!!!


Well, I agree that it's Hasbro's to do what they want with it, but I think changing GI Joe from "A Real American Hero" to some "Global, multi-national" organization bullshit is, well, bullshit.

Hasbro has every right to try and market "GI Joe" however they see fit. But GI Joe has been "A Real AMERICAN Hero" in some form or fashion for over 60 years and has been successful more than it has not during that period. I find it kind of insulting that Hasbro all of a sudden feels the need to change the whole premise in the name of the almighty dollar. (And since when has it been difficult to internationally-market an US-centric film? Independence Day?) To me its kind of like changing James Bond to a Mossad agent, or Galactus to a giant planet eating cloud. If Hasbro wants to make a movie about "an international team of soldiers," they could call it something else rather than trying to capitalize on (admittedly, their own brand) the name GI Joe.

I did laugh at his snide little comment "how DARE they make the villain in GI Joe a Scottish arms dealer." Uhhh, that "Scottish arms dealer" has been a Joe adversary for over 20 years, numbnuts.

Wow! If that guy's here, who's manning Batshitcrazyland?

Hmmm. . . despite being an ardent leftist (I was born in Canada, and unless you're Dave Sim, Mark Steyn, Ralph Klein or someone like that you're at least a little socialist) I have to agree completely with Heavyarms on this one. While it's always stuck in my craw when they try to make Prime some kind of American symbol (being, as he is, a ridiculous truck/robot from another planet) the fact remains that GI Joe has always been about the US military. Calling shenanigans on "Happy Holidays" was always bullshit, but calling shenanigans on this one makes sense until my passport says "citizen of the world." Nationalism still has a place in our society even if I think the current government is full of criminals.

At the same time, they're just fucking toys and organizing a movement against it is like those wads who protested Crayola changing 8 of its colors in the mid-90s. And Shipwreck is still way gay.

Thanks alot, Frowny. Your little crack about Shipwreck made me blow coffee all over my desk and my boss came in here to find out if I was having a seizure or convulsion or something. Good job.

Of course, that gives me an idea. Now all I gotta do is find a 25A Shipwreck figure...

"Well, Mr. Rogers - can I call you Steve? - the good news, Steve, is that we've successfully brought you back. You're a hundred percent healthy. It's like you were never hurt! Better than new, I'm tellin' ya.

The bad news is... we had to change things a little.

So... how do you feel about the moniker "Captain International?"

Yeah, I'm still a little surprised that when they made USAgent join Omega Flight they didn't make him change his name to NAFTAgent.

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