Thursday, September 10, 2009

Got a job for you Sally!


So I haven't had work in a couple of years.

By work I mean where someone calls you up and says, "I'd like you to do this for x amount of $".

I'm not talking about those vulture animation "contests" where they say "hey kids, animate something really funny with original characters to this song about our corporation and you may get a chance to have your own series!"

In other words, trolling for talent by requesting spec work, and if they like it they own all rights because you didn't read the small print. And you get "prize money" in return for animating a series for them.

So I'm excited when I get an email this morning about a music video. I love animating to music, my favorite thing about animation. "Oh goody", I think, and read on.
"Now the kicker about this song is that it is very taboo!! It is about me going to the store to pick up a mentally handicapped hooker.. We fall in love then i train her for the special Olympics.. Now this song has received major press on the net for its crazy humour and I think it would be a perfect job for you.."

I go downstairs to make coffee. Is there anyway this doesn't totally offend me? I mean, I thought "Pretty Woman" was offensive and every other preteen girl in the country adored that movie. I come back upstairs and press the play button.

Offensive? I had no idea how specifically dirty a "song" could be. I played it about 2/3 through and couldn't take any more. It'll probably be a big hit in whatever area of the internet loves "songs" about mentally handicapped hookers.

10 comments:

stray said...

scary.

Scott Marks said...

Oh, Sally! Don't be a tease. Leave us a link to the song so that we may cringe too.

Steve G, said...

Wow Sally. Talent and Scruples too!

RHSteeleOH said...

Kudos to you Sally for not wanting to help in the exploitation of the mentally handicapped. Why he thought you'd be perfect for the job is beyond me.

P.S. I'm so glad to hear that you thought "pretty woman" was offensive.

Namowal said...

Mentally handicapped hookers? What the...?

I'm guessing the song guy is under the delusion that because some taboo humor can be funny, therefore anything offensive is automatically funny.
So they cram as much obnoxiousness into their material as they can...

Successful "taboo" songs (or shows) usually use a good dose of satire to keep them afloat. I think a lot of would be entertainers (your would-be client) overlook this.

Mars Tokyo said...

UGH! Isn't it so nice to be *thought of* in connection with something like that? BLECH

Rick U. said...

Sally - this is sick on SO many levels! This guy obviously knows nothing about your work, so don't be insulted. In Pretty Woman days (1990!), this would have been psychotic/criminal. Now it's just "really taboo". The sad thing is, it's not so really taboo, and you can't censor it.

Makes me want to go to the Past Lives Pavillion.

Mean Jean said...

Have you considered doing a video about your two hiatus? The part about the hideous offer could be a great grand finale.

Linda said...

speechless.

Sally said...

When I reread the post I realized you don't begin to get a feeling for the nastiness of the song. It was almost Paul Bunyan like in the excess descriptions of body secretions. Or as my mother said after talking and laughing about it, "Lots of entrails I bet." Thanks for all your responses.