The Chipmunks Keep Calling Black Film Critic a "Jungle Monster"

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​The 3D entertainment of choice for parents who just don't give a shit, Alvin & the Chipmunks have recently been turning up to promote their terrible new movie on the local TV news programs viewed by their target demo: those Americans who plow through the culture like gape-mawed whales, gulping down whatever entertainment-plankton just happens to pass before them.

This morning some might have choked a bit on this. In a PR package apparently prepared by whatever studio unleashes godawful chipmunk movies, Fox 4 Kansas City movie critic Shawn Edwards -- the auteur behind "We Make Movies Too: The 100 Best Black Movies Ever" and the founder of www.ILoveBlackMovies.com -- gets called a "jungle monster" by the Chipmunks ... twice.

WARNING: If you have still have a soul, this video might snatch it away.

You may know Edwards as the critic whose excited blurbs appear on the posters and ads for movies that no other critics would award with excitable blurbs. (He does pretty well in Criticwatch's "Whore of the Year" polls, although I think there's t least a bit more to him than that.)

Hair-raising as this video is, it illustrates a point that Edwards has made before: for better or worse, he's a rarity. This video package is designed for any critic to jump in, act with the Chipmunks, insert a half-assed joke about the local team, and then have a cute time-killer for his or her market. Since black critics are uncommon, it probably occurred to nobody in the Chipmunks marketing team that the phrase "jungle monster" could possibly have connotations beyond whatever they were going for here.

Edwards had no such trouble during his hard-hitting interview with Yogi and Boo-Boo.


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PuNk
PuNk

i agree that the movie sucked, and i HATE lady-man gaga's music, but the guy whom wrote this is an idiot. ok, in no way, shape, or form have i ever heard the words "jungle" or "monster" used as a racist remark. let alone the words being put together as one. i never ever heard a person call another person a "jungle monster"....in racist form, or at all. so Alan Scherstuhl go back to school.

wtf does "www.ILoveBlackMovies.com" have to do with anything? NOTHING. so why are you bringing it up? oh wait!!! you are trying to pass this movie as a racist thing, even though nobody in history has ever used "jungle monster" as a racial remark... which makes you a pure idiot.

you are prolly the same guy who tried saying resident evil 5 the video game was racist....ok the game is stationed in africa due to a viral outbreak (previous games were in america but werent racist)...wtf else do u expect to be there? white ppl?, mexicans?, asians? left4dead isnt racist and it's all white zombies you kill, but yet dead rising 2 is racist to ppl like you. just cause it has zombies that aren't white (it has white zombies too), the fact that you can call a game racist just cause it has a non-white ethnicity in it which you kill but yet the same game has even more of the white ethnicity which you kill, racist... is racist. it is racist for you to say it's racist, why? cause you only care about the non-white ethnicity being killed though the white ethnicity is far more in numbers in the game, and far more killed in the game..... well now due to idiots like you, re5 makes no since....half the ppl in africa look mexican in that game. why? cause some idiot (just like you) did what you are doing now. IDIOT!!!!

why are people so quick to call games racist:http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards...this applies to movies too

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ZongHoo
ZongHoo

Hey, I guess if the proverial shoe fits .... LOLwww.Total-Privacy dot US

Phantanos
Phantanos

O.k. you shown your contempt for this series quite a bit. but that's to be expected from a pompous Frisco boy. May the chipmunk version of Bad Romance ring in your ears. The only sincrap here comes from you. That will be after this film becomes a blockbuster, then you soil your pants and Die. Because another sequel will be in the wings...

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

TRANSLATION: Phantonos is trying to say that the popularity of the chipmunk movie will inspire me to soil myself, which is how the pompous express displeasure in the post-monocle era.

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