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bareboards2 says...

I was too lazy to go back and verify the spelling -- which I still struggle with even after all these years....

The sifter. I think that is a noble and uplifting label!

If there is any way to unkill your original, I will gladly transfer these votes to you. Because you are, indeed, The Sifter.

For all that, I do accede to your demand for payment for the (non-existent to me) slight.

Name your vid! If I have the point, it shall be yours!


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"The sifter" killed it? How dehumanising. You owe me a promote, BB.

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poolcleaner says...

I am so turned on right now. Damn, kymbos!
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It's hard to appear dumb when your profile pic is Dr Strangelove and you use terms like 'vagina cats' and 'glory holes' while berating the immaturity of the internet. I salute you!
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You're on a roll. Please keep going...
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A humpback whale? Real mature, guys. Next thing you know we're posting videos about sperm whales and vagina cats.



Whew..! Kymbos -- thank GOD, I was worried that I was just posting the first lame thing that came to my head and ignorantly appeared to be some dumb asshole that makes immature, low brow, unapplauded, and not-so insightful comments about otherwise top 10 material.

With your blessing, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Scientologists, this annihilation wave will never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever end. Glory! (holes)


poolcleaner says...

In reply to this comment by kymbos:
You're on a roll. Please keep going...
In reply to this comment by poolcleaner:
A humpback whale? Real mature, guys. Next thing you know we're posting videos about sperm whales and vagina cats.



Whew..! Kymbos -- thank GOD, I was worried that I was just posting the first lame thing that came to my head and ignorantly appeared to be some dumb asshole that makes immature, low brow, unapplauded, and not-so insightful comments about otherwise top 10 material.

With your blessing, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Scientologists, this annihilation wave will never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever end. Glory! (holes)

gorillaman says...

If everybody can agree that the show, its essence notwithstanding, has new characters in new situations then it becomes difficult to sustain the idea of theft. I'm just glad that whatever happened we got some cool content out of it.
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Really, short of stealing the actual gags to the letter, they've couldn't steal more than the exact concept replicated in a new Olympic city. I read comments from Clarke that they saw it as lifting the essence of The Games, and he saw it as a theft in spirit, even if he couldn't prove it in law. I tend to agree with this. And while I take your point, I really think the 'in defence of art' argument is the last refuge of the one-eyed.

gorillaman says...

Well, we can start with the understanding that faux-documentaries are now fairly common, and that the olympics as a huge public event is very attractive to satire. So two different shows being produced along these lines isn't completely unlikely, and once you have those two shows then there are always going to be similarities.

I don't know much about the idea that The Games was being pitched to the BBC and who from those meetings went on to produce Twenty Twelve. There is a suggestion that the makers of The Games had gone so far as to lend the writer of Twenty Twelve DVDs of their show before he went off and wrote his, which is pretty hilarious.

Regardless I think it's fair to say Twenty Twelve isn't a direct copy of The Games; it had its own tone and told its own jokes. (Whether you think those jokes are funny or not.) Stealing the general idea 'satirical mockumentary about the olympics organisers' would actually be totally legit - that happens all the time and is pretty much how art advances, by building on earlier ideas; stealing lines and situations wouldn't be, but I don't see that happening. If I were plagiarising The Games the genetically-engineered horse and 94m 100m track would have gone straight into my script, for starters.

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Ok, I've only watched one episode, but the similarities were overwhelming to me. How is it different?

gorillaman says...

Hey thanks for reminding me I've been meaning to check out The Games. Just watched a couple of episodes and it's really pretty fantastic. I'm not sure Twenty Twelve can be accused of ripping them off any more than, say, The Thick of It could be said to have ripped off Yes, Minister; but there are a lot of similarities. Now I just wish there was a Beijing version.
In reply to this comment by kymbos:
Two things about Twenty Twelve:

1. It's a rip off of an Australian comedy set before the Sydney Olympics. The creators pitched it to the BBC, who passed then made one exactly the same.

2. It's not very funny. It's like a who's who of b-grade British comedic actors.

Will have a look at Him & Her if it's any good.

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