This semester’s History of Cinema seminar, “Sex and Violence in the Films of the Coen Brothers,” may include images of sex, violence, and Steve Buscemi.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But this time IT’S NOT.
This Barbie doll may trigger harmful, lifelong body-image issues, including but not limited to an aversion to nipples, inability to pee, and a nagging desire to brand “Malaysia” on your ass.
The white nonpareil covering on Sno-Caps is not intended as a metaphor for The Man trying to keep a dark, chocolatey brother down.
The white “crème” filling in Oreos is not intended as a metaphor for actual dairy cream.
Axe Deodorant Body Spray may trigger unpleasant associations with Lizzie Borden and/or Paul Bunyan.
Your repeated insistence to your waiter, while gnawing on a breadstick, that you must not, under any circumstances, consume any gluten, may trigger the launch of a big glutinous loogie into your minestrone (which you requested with all of the pasta removed).
White Men Can’t Jump may trigger distress in white men who are able to jump but uncomfortable being pressured into doing so. Also in the kneeless. Also, your taste in movies may be called into question.
Some customers may not actually patronize Hooter’s “for the ribs.”
Oscar Meyer Bun-Length Wieners may trigger feelings of inadequacy in individuals who HAVE A SMALL PENIS, YES YOU, DON’T CHUCKLE NERVOUSLY AND LOOK AWAY AND PRETEND THIS ONE ISN’T ABOUT YOU BECAUSE IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU.
The texture of waffles may trigger the image of thermal underwear, which may trigger the memory of your horrible 11th birthday present, which may trigger the memory of a half-melted, grotesquely disfigured Carvel “Cookie Puss” ice cream cake smushed against the side of the box, which may trigger an irrational fear of boxes, which may doom your career at UPS and send you into a tailspin of binge drinking and late-night trips to IHOP, since they’re the only place still open, except you hate pancakes, and the waitress says, Sorry, you gotta order more than just coffee, and hash browns trigger memories of the Potato Famine, and what the fuck is up with crepes, so you order waffles.
This humorous low-budget porn parody of Sex and the City may be vastly superior to the original franchise in every respect.
These oyster crackers may trigger traumatic flashbacks in victims of childhood bullying by mollusks.
Trigger is not for food use. May poison food. For decorative purposes only. Do not mix trigger with household chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. Use trigger only in a well-ventilated space. Trigger contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Trigger is not a toy. May cause suffocation. Keep trigger away from babies and children. Trigger is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. Trigger can cause gum disease and tooth loss. Trigger is for external use only. Trigger is not a substitute for medical advice. Trigger may cause abdominal cramping and loose stools. Test trigger on an inconspicuous area before use. Trigger emits showers of sparks. Use only under close adult supervision. Trigger may cause severe tire damage. Trigger does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Trigger not to be removed, except by the consumer, under penalty of law.
Star Wars: Epic Lunch Box Advertisement
Star Wars: Affectless Action Figure Delivery System
Star Wars: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma Tucked into a Happy Meal
Star Wars: Two-Hours-Plus Dramatization of a Bumper Sticker
Star Wars: Raison d’être for Legions of Basement-Dwelling, Hygiene-Casual Man-Children
Star Wars: Cinnamon-Bun Coiffure Popularizer
Star Wars: Reckless Mark Hamill Enabler
Star Wars: Metaphorical Latter-Day Career Comb-Over for Harrison Ford
Star Wars: Pernicious Promoter of an “Alternative” Droid Lifestyle
Star Wars: Ewok-Infested Bosch Painting
Star Wars: Malignant, Inoperable Disco-Era Holdover
Star Wars: Insufferable Nostalgia-Generation Device for the Insufferable Children of Insufferable Baby Boomers
Star Wars: Cacophonous Prescription-Strength Soporific
Star Wars: Chernobyl-Grade Multiplex Pollutant
Star Wars: Periodic Herald for the Inexorable Decline of Western Civilization
Star Wars: Neither Holy Nor Roman Nor an Empire
Star Wars: Elbow-Throwing Ball Hog
Star Wars: The BFF You’re Desperately Trying to Figure Out How to Dump
Star Wars: Cinematic Five-Tiered Wedding Cake Made of Sawdust and Rat Turds
Star Wars: Vending Machine Filled Entirely with $1.25 Packs of Generic Fluorescent Orange Peanut Butter Crackers
Star Wars: Three-Day-Old Cup of Rewarmed K-Cup Decaf Forgotten in the Microwave
Star Wars: Lingering Cloud of Lysol in a Port-a-John in August
Star Wars: The Murky Liquid That Comes Out When You First Squeeze the Mustard Bottle
Star Wars: Bloated Macaroni Elbow Left in the Sink Strainer for All Eternity
Star Wars: In a Galaxy Not Far, Far Away Enough
Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Not mad, just saying.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. Or whatever, LOL.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. But yeah, no, go ahead, it’s fine.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. No biggie. Though I was kinda wondering, since thou slept in and went to the monster truck rally last Sunday, but really, you know what? Let’s just move on.
Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Or not. Whatever makes thee happy.
Thou shalt not kill. :-\
Thou shalt not commit adultery. [Long pause] Welp, I gotta get up early tomorrow, so.
Thou shalt not steal. The Stouffer’s French Bread Pizzas were on my side of the freezer, but I guess it’s My fault, since I forgot to put My name on them.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Did I mention that? I thought I mentioned that. Maybe not. But I’m pretty sure I did.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s. What? No one’s accusing thee of anything.
Because of the problematic connotations of “flaming,” the Olympic torch will no longer be lit at the opening ceremonies, but instead will be rigged to expectorate tobacco juice over the crowd.
Concerns over safety—and, more to the point, manliness—mean that goalie masks during hockey games may no longer consist solely of soothing mud packs and cucumber slices over the eyes. Fights on the ice must include the landing of actual punches, not just flailing slapping motions and hair-pulling.
The cross-country prancing and mincing events will be eliminated and replaced by stomping and interpretive stomping.
The disturbingly effeminate image of male figure skaters can be attributed largely to their wardrobe. However, this problem can be ameliorated with a few simple, tasteful modifications, including but not limited to: 1) requiring skates with mudflaps and underbody neon; 2) replacing matchy, sequin-spangled spandex costumes with cut-off shorts and sleeveless “wife beater” t-shirts studded with spent bullet casings; 3) sewing to the rear end of each competitor a large embroidered patch reading “Exit Only” with a comic-strip Calvin pissing on a pink triangle, which in turn is pissing on a Ford logo.
In order to reinforce and preserve traditional gender roles, only men will be allowed to “throw” curling stones. Women will, of course, handle the sweeping, just like at home, and also make sandwiches for the men at the end of each round. In deference to custom, curling matches will remain unwatched by anyone but straight Canadians.
Men’s singles competitors will no longer be permitted to skate to “It’s Raining Men” unless actual men are pushed from the rafters as part of the routine.
The biathlon will be renamed the heteroathlon. Men’s skiing events will take place under the rubric of “mascu-sliding.”
All promotional materials will make it perfectly clear that, contrary to reports from previous Olympics, the Nordic combined event will not consist of a “three way” among a charismatic trio of buff, blond, blue-eyed men named Lars, Sven, and Hjörvard.
The provocative visual impact of male speed skaters’ smooth, shiny crotch bulges will be reduced by making competitors stuff their jockstraps with Legos, for which purpose the bricks will be renamed “cock blocks.”
It has long been a subject of concern that the uncomfortably close “nuts to butts” contact fostered by traditional bobsled design practically ensures that even the most virile of sledders will emerge hopelessly and irredeemably man-crazy. Therefore, all bobsleds will now be configured with a running board, so that a nun armed with a ruler can strictly enforce a “six inches of daylight” rule in the midst of competition. The “six inches of daylight” rule must never be mentioned out loud, however, as the phrase “six inches” may prove too suggestive for weaker-willed athletes.
It’s “luge,” to rhyme with “huge,” not with “zhoosh.” In fact, any competitor found with zhoosh will be forced to wear beige, to rhyme with “page.” All beige. From Walmart.
Sounds of exertion and “victory” gestures are restricted to deep-throated grunting and fist-pumping. Prohibited: giggling; squealing; finger-snapping; voguing; tossing a sultry look backward over one’s shoulder; and rapid clapping while keeping the heels of the hands pressed together. Obscene gestures are acceptable as an expression of disapproval towards one’s opponents, but competitors must not under any circumstances purse their lips while slowly wagging their vertically extended index finger back and forth.
No French—athletes, fries, bread, toast, horns, doors, slicing of green beans, expelling cigarette smoke from the mouth while simultaneously inhaling it through the nose, kissing. No French. Except to fill out the bleachers during the broadcast of curling events, in which case they are forbidden from speaking to the straight Canadians.