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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - Rant

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dismalhead, Nov 27, 2014.

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  1. Dismalhead

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    My wife DVR'd the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade this morning. Got home from the relatives and watching it while I do my computer thing. Now, this and the Tournament of Roses Parade were always the big two that I watched growing up.

    - It's so sickeningly commercial. Everything's an advertisement for something. Sadly, the best floats so far were for McDonalds and Planters Peanuts (featuring Mr. Peanut of course).

    - What's with the music? Almost every float has some pop crapolla star lip synching some auto-tuned piece of garbage.

    - It started with a good hour of stationary lip synched performances at the "center stage" by the local theater. I realize that these people are real artists trying to drum up people to come to the theater, but I want to see a parade, not a theater show.

    - It looks like the beloved parade of my childhood has evolved into a process where each parade entry stops at this center stage for three minutes, faces the cameras, and puts on a performance. How is that a parade?

    So, there's my rant. Has it changed that much, or is my memory distorted? It really stinks big time.
     
  2. Jupiter

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    Dude, you're ranting about a parade... :lol:
     
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    i would prolly like parades if it was 1890...i dont know how there are still people interested in them...same with circuses
     
  4. Dismalhead

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    You just made me laugh big time. Yes, I guess I am. I'm ranting about a parade!
     
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    As Mitch Hedberg says (paraphrasing), "if you don't like the parade, run in the opposite direction. You will fast forward it".
     
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    Eat your turkey and be happy, it's thanksgiving.
     
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    I turned it on and there was like a musical dance thing with 2 women in red dresses and some guys dancing around and singing... so I turned the channel.
     
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    Dismalhead, you'd like a book called The Unincorporated Man. It's a dystopian future where people are incorporated at birth.

    The rate of commercialization I see of what used to be fun and commonplace also scares me, as does the eventual result for society.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unincorporated_Man
     
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    Reminds me of the late great Mitch Hedberg...

    "If you're watching a parade, make sure you stand in one spot..." ;)

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  10. telleutelleme

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    Probably needed trombones.
     
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    Are you saying that watching scenes of a woman cross dresser in her mid twenties dressed up as a little boy hanging around with kids in their pajamas is not to your liking? I guess you aren't into pretending black Friday is on Thursday either? Shsssssh.
     
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    Wow! You're upset about commercialism? This is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a parade born out of commercialism to promote a department store. It's been commercial since its inception. No reason to get upset, just enjoy it for the entertainment value.
     
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    Like the OP said, it's really morphed into something else. Not really a parade anymore, now it's a beyond brash attempt to co-opt an "event" to push the latest junk coming down the pike. Really sad. It's been like that for a while. It was NOT always so. Shameless commercialism at it's worst.
    "end of my rant :)"
     
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    I was forced to watch this garbage for a bit this morning while recovering from my hangover... Saw some old friends for the first time in years last night and things got a little out of hand. Anywho, I'm sure my state of mind at the time didn't help, but it was pretty sickly commercial.

    Also, did you notice the band where the bassist was playing a P-Bass and the output jack was completely empty? Not even an attempt to make it look as though they were actually providing the music.
     
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    Bullwinkle no longer a factor...
     
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    i'm a real Scrooge about this. pitiful spectacle. they should no longer use the term "parade" to describe it. it has gotten worse every year but this one was the last straw.

    thankfully Pasadena still knows how to put on a proper parade, so i'll tune in New Year's Day for that one.
     
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    I think the point is that it's not really a parade anymore.

    What he said.
     
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    Throw out the TV.

    Problem solved ... forever.
     
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    I forgot all about it again, it's got to be over ten years in a row i've missed it. Oh-well next year.
     
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    Happy Thanksgiving, America, the land of the brave and the whiny, where the pursuit of something to ***** about is the right of every person. :D:lol:

    Good thing there were no hipsters in that parade.
     
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