Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Video Advice for JJK (OFFENSIVE VIDEO)

The Children's Choice Awards occurred a week or so back while I was touring for Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator and was ably hosted by pal and neighbor Jarrett J. Krosoczka (pronounced SM-ith).

Hosting an event with such literary luminaries can be hard work, as I discovered when I hosted last year .

Any-Hoo.  I was asked by the folks at the CBC which runs the Children's Choice Awards to make a funny little video filled with the kernels of wisdom I'd attained during my tenure as host.  I had two.  They involved me mispronouncing Judy Blume's name and wearing a tuxedo without pants.

The CBC was overjoyed when I handed in the film a month or so back.

The idea was to run the film at the start of the event, but the CBC folks were so excited they decided to post it on-line before the day before where, fortunately, it was seen by someone who was offended by authors mispronouncing Judy Blume's name and wearing a tuxedo without pants.  It was pulled from the internet.

Faced with the question of whether it should run at the event as planned, was, however, an easier call.  As an advocacy group for kids books and their creators, they had to choose between a video they liked by a former host or cave to a complaint.  Obviously, they caved.  The awards ceremony audience is, after all, filled with impressionable editors, agents, and publicists, some of whom are in the their early 30's.  Exposing them to an author mispronouncing Judy Blume's name and wearing a tuxedo without pants could be traumatic.

Better to save the evening for wholesome, serious entertainment like this:

Pals JJK and Jon Scieszka engaged in an uplifting and serious debate while Jon just happens to be dressed in drag as reality television's "Snookie".
Let me say, for the record, I certainly wouldn't want anybody to see a previously funny, but now obviously not funny video of an author mispronouncing Judy Blume's name and wearing a tuxedo without pants.

Heaven forbid it makes it to the internet.  What will those poor, young, impressionable publicists think?





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