The Geekbox: Episode 44

This week, we pour out a… well, I guess a cup of frozen yogurt for Frozos, who has supplied the Geekbox crew with tasty treats each week. Their last day of business is this Friday, and we’re all pretty bummed about it.  So check out the podcast, Digg it, review it on iTunes, and leave Frozos a message on Twitter telling them how much ass they kick. 🙂

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The Geekbox — Episode 44 (2009-12-17)
Wherein we discuss Umloud 2009, obsessive gaming, The Princess and the Frog (the most racist movie ever), Doctor Who, the Venture Bros. season non-finale, Red Cliff, the Spike Video Game Awards, the most dangerous house in Sunnyvale, Mega Man 10, Karen’s porno comic review, and the technical definition of a decade. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 13m 15s
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14 Responses to “ “The Geekbox: Episode 44”

  1. 8thlight says:

    The level of ignorance and lack of sensitivity was kinda disturbing in regards to the Frog Princess discussion.

  2. sdf says:

    Who will the Geekbox offend next? Stay tuned.

    p.s. you don’t have to go back in time to watch people debasing themselves for a hollywood paycheck. Look at the CDs and DVDs in your collection before you throw a hissy fit over “Song of the South”.

  3. sdf says:

    Steffen – you fail at logic.

  4. OmniAvenger says:

    Fitch can’t commit to watching a weekly show? Is it any wonder the relationship thing isn’t working out very well?

    And it sounded like Higgins was going to cough up a lung.

  5. listener says:

    listening to Karen chew and swallow crap is disgusting

  6. Dawson says:

    I agree with Jon.

    You guys are great in your conversations on gaming and geekdom. When you give your opinions on a game, I can tell it comes from years of experience. However, when it comes to racism (particularly concerning blacks in America) the ignorance level is considerably high.

    I’ve listened to the podcast since episode #1 and it’s obvious you guys have little to no knowledge of black culture. This is completely fine. Except when attempting to speak intelligently on the subject of blacks and racism.

  7. jon says:

    I’m a new listener, but loved GFW Radio. I’m liking the show so far and look forward to the upcoming episodes.

    I don’t normally write on forums… you can imagine why. But you guys brought it up so I wanted to comment. I have not seen “the Princess and the Frog” either but I have to say, I always find it interesting when I hear non-Black (or insert ethnicity here) people commenting on what a Black (/ethnicity) person should or should not find offensive. Needless to say, it’s a very complicated topic and there are endless perspectives, but I can only give you mine.

    For me personally, its difficult to see portrayals of Black people in media, particularly in period pieces. I think of how much it sickens me to watch someone who is ostensibly my ancestor shuffling and bowing and debasing themselves for the entertainment of people who hate them and subjugate them, and I realize that feeling is only the smallest fraction of the shame and indignation they must have felt. So much of how Black people were made to act or talk was intended to strip them of their dignity. So it really strikes a nerve when I see the Sambos and the minstrels of that era and even today. There are shows on tv now that I feel haven’t moved ahead one bit from those days, and even worse, just set us back. Basically, anything with Tyler Perry’s name slapped on it is a guaranteed embarrassment. And you know what? Some Black people like it, so who am I to say? None of this is to say that Black people shouldn’t do comedy lest they be percieved as a clown or minstrel, but I think Dave Chappelle said it best when he said there’s a difference between dancing and shuffling.

    But I guess my point is, it’s a very difficult line to tread when trying to be historically accurate, yet culturaly sensitive, and very few films get it right. I don’t want a revisionist history either, but I say, if you want to set your children’s story in the cultural timebomb of the deep South at the turn of the century, you bear the responsibility of addressing the sensitivities that go along with it. This film, from the moment I heard about it, seemed very much like an answer to the question of “why aren’t there any Black princesses that our daughters can identify with?”. And if it was Disney’s intent to say “Hey little Black girls… here’s a princess for you!”, then why set it in an era with such a legacy of shame, resentment and indignation for Black people? Who wants to identify with that?

    I’m not saying the movie is racist or not… I haven’t seen it. But I also have no interest in seeing it. When I see the commercials for the Black man dressed as an old woman going to jail or the sassy little princess with the comical entourage… I just say its not for me.

    Thanks for letting me rant. Keep up the good work on the show, and don’t let the man keep you down.

    BTW… I remember watching a Looney Toon when I was a kid, where a little mouse was dressed in blackface to deceive the lion that was chasing him. I laughed my ass off. I didn’t see anything wrong with that… until I did. A lot of the things that seemed harmless to me growing up don’t seem so harmless anymore. Try watching Sixteen Candles nowadays… it doesn’t sit as well. Imagine being the Asian kid at school that gets called Long Duk Dong for the rest of the year.

  8. LiQuid! says:

    Mike Cruz is a h8r

  9. Christopher says:

    Great show guys!

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  11. sdf says:

    Mike Cruz was busy reading porno comics – as was I.

  12. Chris says:

    Listening to you guys smack your lips together for an hour isn’t fun. 🙂

  13. Steffen says:

    An error in my last post; The decade would start 1 year after Jesus was born, not before.

  14. Steffen says:

    I disagree with Higgins about decades. I don’t care what Wikipedia or any other source says, it’s just plain logic:

    Let’s say, for arguments sake, say that ‘time’ started when Jesus was born. That would be ‘year 0’. According to Ryan H’s logic, the first decade would start 1 year before Jesus was born. And where’s the logic in that?

  15. W0lfbl1tzers says:

    Hell Yeah!!! I think Mike Cruz hates doing the Geekbox.

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