10.28.2008

Yo quiero?

The other night I accidentally watched part of ABC's evening news. I know, I'm not really sure how that happened either. I prefer to get my news through my BBC World News highlights podcast. That way I still get to hear about things like the presidential election and how my 401K is now worthless, but I get to hear it in BBC News Voice, which is infinitely more soothing. Plus they call him "Ba-RACK O-BAAAHHHH-Ma" over there. Which I then imitate for the next 5 minutes. Try it at home for your own enjoyment. Unless you're my father, in which case you see NOTHING about this scenario to enjoy, thank you very much.

Anyway.

Watching the news, where I learned that:

1) A certain Chihuahua-themed movie has made a lot of money at the box office. I hope everyone who paid money to see that is very, very ashamed of themselves right now. They should be even more ashamed if they took children with them.

2) After seeing said steaming-pile-of-Chihuahua-crap-masquerading-as-film, many people are now interested in owning their own Chihuahuas.

3) The Humane Society of Utah
is trying to alert people to the fact that they actually have quite a lot of Chihuahuas who need homes, so people may want to come see them before visiting (and paying big bucks to) a breeder.

The best part, though, is how the Humane Society ended up with all the tiny, rat-like dogs. They came from the Los Angeles area. People bought Chihuahua puppies, the puppies got too big for the purses they were meant to ride around in, and then their owners tossed them into animal shelters in such volume that they had to start shipping them out to other states.

Now, I won't lie, they showed footage of the dogs at some sort of Chihuahua Open House and they flashed on this tiny black puppy that had both me and(!!!) GH going, "Awww." But if anything, this situation would seem to be a warning against choosing a certain breed just because they made a movie about it. I'm just saying.

17 comments:

skye said... [reply]

Didn't the same thing happen after a certain Dalmatian-themed movie came out a few years ago? Seriously, why are people so stupid? A little research before hand would probably have saved a few of those poor animals from ending up at the pound. . . or worse.

daltongirl said... [reply]

Same thing happened after "Babe." Everybody wanted a pig for a pet, and then when their pigs grew up and didn't look like Babe (or talk like him) they found out they really didn't want a pig so much. Lame.

Lippy said... [reply]

Times like these always make me wonder what would happen if some celebrity or movie suddenly makes banging one's head against walls "fashionable."

I see it every year around Easter too, when everyone runs out to buy little chicks or ducklings for their little darlings, only to discover that they've bought a farm animal.

Sigh.

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

No more news for you. Unless, of course, you promise to entertain us with such snarkiness after said watching.

You are such a liberal media elitists. BBC! The very idea! You probably listen to NPR In your car too. Are the rest of us even good enough to be here?

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

That's elitist. No plural.

TOWR said... [reply]

I'm the proud mother of two very sweet chihuahuas, and I literally cringed and groaned when I saw the previews for that ridiculous movie. Then I looked at my mom and said, "There are going to be stupid people in this world who think that just because I have two chihuahuas I 'need' to have that movie and will give it to me for Christmas [because surely it would be so terrible it would be on DVD that soon]. I don't need it. I don't want it. And I'll punch anybody in the face who gets it for me because they should know better." This is the one time when I will most certainly not only look, but punch, a gift horse in the mouth.

Also, the chihuahuas in that movie probably make the AKC cry into their Kibbles 'N Bits, they're that off the mark of what an ideal chihuahua should look like. Those look more like terriers than chihuahuas.

April said... [reply]

Well, with the alternatives being "Saw V" and "Zach and Miri Make a Porno," I don't see the harm in people watching a children's movie about dogs. So maybe kids will then whine to get a chihuahua. Big deal. They whine about everything. What else is new?

My co-worker took his children to see the movie, and despite all the awful previews shown on commercials and that it looks like one of the lamest flicks ever, he said he was pleasantly surprised to find he enjoyed watching it.

buffyvandabailey said... [reply]

I think they cast that entire movie from my neighborhood. Neighbors on both sides of us, plus two in the back of us have chihuahuas. And they always seem to be involved in some sort of a rumble around 2am every single night.

No me gusta.

Edgy said... [reply]

It's because of movies like this that it's convenient for our kids to have two sets of parents. Because I can rejoice that we didn't get saddled with this movie.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Well played, April. This afternoon I actually saw a mini-review for the movie that said the commercials made it look worse than it actually was. Not that it hurt box office sales any . . .

chosha said... [reply]

It's not pronounced like that?? O_O?

Nemesis said... [reply]

Chosha, we (and Barack) pronounce it Ba-rock rather than Ba-rAck. I think I've heard BBC people do it both ways.

cooldad said... [reply]

Don't you remember people trying to buy owls for their kids after Harry Potter came out?

Saxon said... [reply]

yes news is depressing. Unless your in the UK at the moment where it's more confusing that people care so much about what two twits did on a radio show. Their over rated and over paid, fire them and lets get back to the depressing news!

Wait that wouldn't be any better would it?... starts to see flaw in plan

YIVote said... [reply]

Just lurking, as usual, but having had chihuahuas in our family, I hope that people really think about what they are doing before they get one. One of our chihuahuas, although we loved her to pieces, would have looked awful in a classified ad if we would have ever tried to give her away, especially since she appeared to hate small children, both near and far, among other character traits. Then we had one who loved everyone, but from what I understand she was truly an exception to the rule...it's good to learn (from more than a movie, ideally :) about pet breeds...

blackjazz said... [reply]

Hmmm... I'm thinking that Ba-rock spoken in an American accent sounds like Ba-rack to an English person. (No insult intended.) No wonder the BBC is confused. I know I am.

Al E. 08 said... [reply]

I think it is always good to have low expectations when going to see a movie. If it is any good you'll always be pleasantly surprised. Then again, when it is complete garbage, you have no one to blame but yourself. You should have seen that one coming.

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