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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Try This at Home

posted by on June 21 at 9:34 AM

Okay, so I knew the last episode of The Sopranos was broadcast last week. And I knew it was a big deal. And I know who Tony Soprano is. And I even knew the last episode had something to do with Tony Soprano going to a diner.

But, honestly, I don’t watch the Sopranos (and I don’t know the theme song) and I was pretty oblivious to the whole deal.

And so, whoooops, I watched the whole Hillary Clinton Sopranos spoof thinking, “This is one bizarre ad”ómaking up all sorts of interpretations of my own about what in the world she was doing or what in the hell was going on.

For example, the part when the big guy glares at her? I thought, she was spoofing all the Hillary haters.

Anyway, I was hanging out with a friend yesterday, and I said, “Have you seen the Hillary ad? It’s…” And my friend said: “Oh, you mean the one where she spoofs the Sopranos?” … LIGHTBULB!

Hmmm…. I liked it better my way.

Anyway, if you want a good laugh, watch the video pretending you don’t know anything about the Sopranos.

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1

What is this, Freaky Thursday? The layout is all screwed up.

Posted by elswinger | June 21, 2007 9:43 AM
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So, is she supposed to be James Gandolfini's character, or his wife?

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 21, 2007 9:45 AM
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The Slog is totally fucked in Firefox. Way to go Feit. Heh.

Posted by Carollani | June 21, 2007 9:48 AM
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she is totally an uncharismatic toad, wooden as a boat bottom, and he's a saggy old can't-act. i don't trust that woman one bit, and how did HE age so damn much so damn fast? is she slipping powdered lead into his rice crispies? do they live on a uclear waste dump?

Posted by adrian! | June 21, 2007 9:49 AM
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Josh broke the Slog!

Posted by Fnarf | June 21, 2007 9:54 AM
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@5 etc...

Fixed. I think.

Posted by Josh Feit | June 21, 2007 9:57 AM
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Sopranos to Josh
Singers in a higher pitch
in Tommy debut

Posted by Haiku Guy | June 21, 2007 9:58 AM
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#2: She's supposed to be Tony Soprano. She's the one flipping through the songs on the jukebox, just like Tony.

I thought the piece was really smart and entertaining. Sure she's no actor, thank god. We've already had one actor-for-president; don't need another.

Posted by yo | June 21, 2007 9:59 AM
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Whew! I was forced to open IE for ten minutes of slog-reading, thank god it's fixed.

....y name is Carollani, and I'm an addict.

Posted by Carollani | June 21, 2007 10:01 AM
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Johnny Sack Lives!!! I love it! Hillary, not so much...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Sack

Posted by Shawn | June 21, 2007 10:05 AM
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I thought the big, glaring guy should have been played by Obama.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 21, 2007 10:13 AM
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I guess I'm the only one who finds the role swaps amusing.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 21, 2007 10:15 AM
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Wow. Thanks, Josh. I was just as confused. "What's with the big Clinton-Hater stare-down? That's random" I thought to myself. Glad to know I'm not the only one who was at a loss as to why this was so popular.

Posted by steve | June 21, 2007 10:20 AM
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Tune in next week for another exciting episode of "When Pop Culture Bites Back"

Posted by The Peanut Gallery | June 21, 2007 10:22 AM
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You cant pretend you didnt see that episode. The only people that didnt see that episode are aging hipsters, and my dead grandmother.

Thats Johny Sacks ferchrisakes!! HRC is going to sweep in Jersey. If only she had the nasal accent like Carmela. Like I said in an earlier thread, this was genious by our lame future president. Hillary/Richardson you heard it here first.

Posted by SeMe | June 21, 2007 10:23 AM
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#15 and those of us without HBO

Posted by elswinger | June 21, 2007 10:31 AM
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This is class war. I don't have HBO either. I've never seen a whole episode of The Sopranos.

Posted by Fnarf | June 21, 2007 10:33 AM
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ha. a quick survey reveals that its the middle class who lacks HBO. again the underclass spending on crap. damn.

anyway, you gents can watch the reruns on A and E. or you can watch it on YOUTUBE. or you can rent the whole series at the video store. the show is only topped by THE WIRE. best tv since ALl in the family.

Posted by SeMe | June 21, 2007 10:39 AM
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Ali in the Family? To bad Carroll O'Connor has passed on, because I'd really like to see that. :(

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 21, 2007 10:43 AM
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Yeah, um. I totally don't know anything about the Sopranos. But sort of pretend I do. So, I already did that exercise, but for real. My thoughts went like this:

-There must be a lot of jump cuts to other people (who are happy and unaware)in the Sopranos. Y'know, to emphasize all that tension.
-There must be a woman who takes care of her man nutritionally, and the curmudgeony-but-loveable man resents her for it. Those Sopranos!
-Are there a lot of teenage-daughter-can't-park jokes in "The Sopranos?" Is that an Italian joke?
-Scowling, egg-shaped possibly mob-type man! He looks like he could be a Soprano. I wonder if he's supposed to be a certain one.

Posted by Ariel | June 21, 2007 10:45 AM
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You don't need to have HBO to have known what was beeing spoofed, since they played the end of the Sopranos episode on lots of other channels the next day as a news story. But even having known what was going on, I thought the stare down was a reference to Hillary-haters. All-in-all, it's not a bad idea for an ad, but the execution is awkward, and I really wanted Chelsea to run in at the last second.

Posted by spencer | June 21, 2007 11:12 AM
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People! Have you never heard of NetFlix? I don't even have a TV, fer chrissakes, and I've seen all of the Sopranos up to this season.

Posted by ECB | June 21, 2007 12:00 PM
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Some of us snobs don't give a shit about the sopranos.

Posted by Josh Feit | June 21, 2007 12:11 PM
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I love that Hillary was Tony. Way to Man Up.

Posted by Katelyn | June 21, 2007 12:12 PM
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Precisely. And "All in the Family" was total crap (except for the episode with Sammy Davis, Jr.). My netflix queue is stacked up a hundred deep with stuff I need to see more than the Sopranos, and then there are the trips to Scarecrow for the stuff Netflix doesn't know about (namely, most of the movies I want to see), and dodgy DVD-R web sites for the stuff Scarecrow doesn't have (most of most of the movies I want to see).

Posted by Fnarf | June 21, 2007 12:14 PM
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Not ALL intelligent people watch EXACTLY the same television series, people. I've never been a Sopranos watcher, and currently don't have HBO. That's not to say I don't watch other shows (Six Feet Under!) that everyone else loves. I have not seen the last episode, and all coverage I have read about it came from SLOG. Aside from it being set in a diner and ending with Journey, I don't know anything about it. I also probably wouldn't have known this ad was a Soprano's spoof if you hadn't told me (although it's hard to tell until I watch it with sound).

Posted by Callie | June 21, 2007 12:31 PM
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OMG Did Hillary get shot in the end there? Did Johnny Sack assassinate her?

The ending of the Sopranos will be parodied repeatedly for years now, so you guys better get used to seeing dinner scenes that end suddenly.

My favorite part of this ad is Bill looking at the carrot sticks and getting sad for the lack of onion rings.

Posted by Patrick | June 21, 2007 12:46 PM
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Sorry, I don't do HBO.

But I did spend my teen years in a town where the majority of people were from Italy (Trail, BC).

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 21, 2007 1:40 PM
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That carrot bit was pure Clinton for those who haven't seen the actual Sopranos show.

In the Sopranos version, everyone is chowing down on onion rings. I was fully expecting onion rings, too, but laughed when I saw the carrots, considering Bill's heart issues. So that was a nice twist.

I'm not into the Sopranos, but watched the last episode.

("Sorry, I don't do HBO." That's nice, snob.)

Posted by um | June 21, 2007 6:09 PM

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