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Jan. 8th, 2010

03:48 pm - Y'know what's dumb?

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I'll tell you what's dumb: calling the Na'vi in Avatar "Smurfs". Not only do they look nothing like Smurfs except for being blue, it's such a transparent, lazy way to diss the movie. It's like saying "MicroSloth" or "NutScrape"; it makes you look like you're saying "I hate this thing for some reason so I'm going to make up a witty insultparrot a supposedly witty insult for it that I heard somewhere!"

And really, they do indeed look nothing like Smurfs. It's like calling a tree a mushroom because they both have trunks and canopies, or calling a flamingo a naked mole rat because they're both pink!

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From:orv
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
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True. I did think it was funny when Hal Sparks talked about being attracted to the Na'vi women, and then generalized that to all blue women, saying, "I always wanted to have sex with Smurfette, but you know, she's only three apples high."

Have I mentioned I'm getting a huge kick out of how many "normal" guys seem to be into what are basically giant blue cat women? ;)

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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
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That's not the first time I've heard someone lusting for Smurfette. Neither was Donnie Darko. Something is wrong with the world.

BTW, I still don't see the Na'vi as all that catlike. They remind me more of Nightcrawler.
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From:orv
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I just haven't read enough comics. That wasn't the first place I went, but there's a definite resemblance there.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I've barely read comic books in my life, but between X2 and some video games, I've learned to love Nightcrawler.
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From:neuracnu
Date:January 8th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)

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To be fair, the Na'vi and Smurfs also share a fundamentally tribal COMMIE shared-resource culture. The only groups that come to mind in that sense are certain Native American tribes and Smurfs. Then there's the whole blue thing, so there you are.

Also, it's more fun to say that you're getting people together to go see "that Giant 3D Smurfs Movie" than "Avatar".
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 8th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Maybe I just tire easily of hearing the word "Smurf".

I prefer words like... MAERSK.
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From:neuracnu
Date:January 8th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)

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When you think about it, it always was a term destined to be run into the ground.

MAERSK is ok by me.
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From:tracerj
Date:January 8th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)

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See, the way I've been discouraging the smurf terminology is by overusing it so it's no longer cool. When in a discussion with detractors, I always refer to them as smurfcats. This way it becomes a liability for them to do so because then they're agreeing with me.

This is also why I call myself a tranny. *grin*
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From:orv
Date:January 8th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)

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Why, that's the smurfiest idea you've ever smurfed!
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From:orv
Date:January 9th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)

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Yup! That's where I got it.
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From:wbwolf
Date:January 9th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)

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I knew it! You're just a corporate shill after all!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)

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I am not a corporate shill! And I'll throw a Honda Fit™ and Cool Whip™ any handful of Nerds™ that say otherwise!
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From:orv
Date:January 9th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)

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I wondered. They have a big container terminal here.
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From:cnoocy
Date:January 9th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)

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You could call them by their original name: Schtroumpfs.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)

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That's *worse*!
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From:nefaria
Date:January 9th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
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Can I call "Avatar" a remake of "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest"? :)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
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If you must. :}

Actually, I suppose that works, although of course on Pandora, the whole Earth Mother/harmony of life thing, rather than just being mythological mysticism, has a biological basis, what with the neuron-like fibers connecting the root systems of all the trees on the planet, and the natives' ability to interface with the trees by wrapping their braid tentacles around the glowing spaghettilike vines.
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From:alfador_fox
Date:January 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, so it's more like Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, with the mind worms and the fungus... except blue, instead of red, and the most recognizable native life looks like cat people instead of masses of worms.

Edited at 2010-01-11 11:20 pm (UTC)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 9th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
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One key difference: None of the three humans in FG is a real jerk. Just ignorant of the consequences of their actions, at first.
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From:oniomancer
Date:January 9th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
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It probably all goes back to it's usage in South Park just before the premiere.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
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So *that's* where everybody's getting it!

Man, these kids today, with their South Park, and their hacky sacks, and their steamboxes full of orange portals and fortress teams, and their pierced I-dunno-WHAT...
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