Fudging It

Early this week, the following video divebombed the Youtubesphere, triggering a wide array of responses. The clip depicts what appears to be an elementary school reenactment of the final scene from Brian De Palma’s bloody cult classic remake of the 1932 film, Scarface. Lasting only a little over 2 minutes, the actors, all ages 7-10 drop a slew of fudge-bombs, lock and load Nerf rifles, and sit behind mounds of popcorn-flavored cocaine, all before the main character, a short, wide-eyed Al Pacino Jr. “dies” in a hail of imaginary bullets. An audience of proud parents and teachers erupt in applause.

Shocked? You should be. But not because these children have been encouraged to portray such violence and immorality–but because, according to Marc Klasfeld who staged this viral video fiasco, children are exposed to this type of thing daily in the media.

The video is a fake, but is intended to bring about real conversation concerning the content that young children are subjected to while watching television and playing video games. The debate is ongoing, but most commonly fizzles in an indictment of the poor parenting which allows negative images to permeate the household in the first place. However, Klasfeld, with two young children of his own, thinks that presenting “evidence” in this way will truly stir the pot. It is a bold approach.

I’m torn between whether or not this display will truly aid in conversation or simply serve as a media spectacle in itself. Will its message be lost in the sensational delivery? What do you all think?


3 Responses to “Fudging It”

  1. 1 Shola Akinnuso
    April 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Great blog site, Michael! I’ve been a fan since discovering it! Although this kiddie reenactment of Scarface is a ‘fake’, it’s still pretty potent. This is a far more powerful statement than Erykah Badu’s poorly executed attempt in your next post…

    • April 8, 2010 at 2:12 am

      Thanks, Cuz, I appreciate the support! I’m trying my best to keep this little project current and fresh but with the school year wrapping up I’m focused on graduating more than anything else. You’re helping me stay on top of my posting game, though.

      I read earlier this week that Badu was actually fined for her public display of nakedness–especially due to the presence of young children walking the street with their parents. She responded in pretty standard form–“self expression above all else”–but I’d have to say it was somewhat irresponsible.

      The Scarface clip, on the other hand? I know I thought that it was real when I first saw it, and it definitely had the intended effect on me. I won’t lie, I did laugh a little though… Wrong? lol

  2. 3 Shola Akinnuso
    April 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Ha! Wrong? maybe. Funny? Definitely!

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