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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Miss Sex-Piggy

Parents who've long suspected poison in the well of PBS' children's programming finally have vindication. LA Citybeat scribe Natalie Nichols blows the whistle on the Muppets/pornography connection:

“Mah Na Mah Na.” It’s a first-class earworm that has captivated millions and tormented millions more. You may remember it from a skit on Sesame Street or The Muppet Show: A hipster-looking scruffy Muppet provides the baritone murmur mah na mah na” to the shiny-bright “do do do do do” chorus of two pink chick-singer Muppets. ...

Although appropriately bubbly for soda-pushers’ purposes, “Mah Na Mah Na” is, deliciously, not all good clean fun. It originated on the soundtrack to a 1968 Italian softcore porn documentary, Svezia, inferno e paradiso (Sweden, Heaven and Hell), which descriptions say luridly exploits the sex ’n’ drugs side of Swedish life. The tune played, Wikipedia informs, “under a portrayal of lesbian BDSM.”

Since they've been riding my ass here at work for the past few hours, this seems to be as good a time as any to conclude my experiment with Instabeautician. We now return to our irregularly appearing blog entries...


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