Monday, November 5, 2012


Viva Bloombito

The New Yorker's Silvia Killingsworth on Rachel Figueroa's parodic Twitter account, @ElBloombito:

Figueroa’s jokes may not hit every time, but there’s always something to appreciate about her dedication to light entertainment as a civic service. The tweet she sent on Thursday after Bloomberg endorsed Obama, however, had layers of cleverness: “Para bailar Obamba. Que necesito una poco de turnouto de voto.” Spanish-speakers and oldies fanatics will immediately recognize a close assonance with the lyrics of Ritchie Valens’s popular 1958 adaptation of “La Bamba.” The account also makes light of the hazards of the lazy practice of appending the letter “o” to every word to Spanglicize it (powerado, resourcero, turnouto de voto). Every time Figueroa tweeted about the loss of power, Con Edison becameCoño Edisono,” and coño is slang for an English word that the more discreet among us had a bit of trouble with earlier this year.

On a secondary note, don't ever think your parodic Twitter account will necessarily keep you out of the pages of The New Yorker. Excelsior!

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Daisy Razor

Oh my god, I think the fact that they *explained* the "para bailar Obamba" joke might be funnier than the joke itself.


@Daisy Razor Coño Edison made me laugh out loud. But I might not have gotten the reference if she hadn't chosen to spell it Obamba, so... sometimes the jokes must be explained for the slowpokes among us, ie, me.


I agree 100%. @t


All I hear/see whenever "Excelsior!" comes up is Al Gore wearing a cape on South Park. I'm super, super serioul.


A Mallory Ortberg tweet became part of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me so basically I am justified in my desire to be as cool as Melis and Rachel Figueroa.

I too can become famous if I just tweet well!


@PatatasBravas oh rly? which show/tweet? also, LONG LIVE MELIS/EVIL MELIS

Lily Rowan

@PatatasBravas I got retweeted by Ari Shapiro this morning, does that count?




"Someone named...Mallory Ort-berg tweeted: "Dunno why everyone's so freaked out at __________. This guy rode his bike a lot and did a ton of drugs, well so did I in high school." [Pause for silence; silence ensues] "Lance Armstrong?"


but of course everyone fucking lost it when Peter Sagal made the world's fifteen millionth lazy fucking BINDER FULL OF WOMEN joke


Are you mad at Peter Sagal? Or are you mad at yourself? Sorry Peter Sagal, tearing you down won't build me up any stronger. Sorry, man. We're cool, me and you.


@melis I commented on this somewhere on the pin, but now, hopefully you will read that I was so proud! It was like I knew you. In other news, El bloomito is hilarious. made. my. day.

Reginal T. Squirge


Timely jokes about current events are not a zero-sum game... or are they?


No. No. No. Nothing about the "binders full of women" flash-meme was timely OR jokes. It was just...people just kept repeating the phrase and drawing binders on things. It was awful. IT WAS AWFUL AND IT WOULDN'T GO AWAY FOR YEARS (probably actually like eight days) I hated it so much. LAZY.


@melis I'm sure if you go back far enough in the defense procurement archives you'll find a binder full of horses and bayonets, though.


Man, I read "when Bloomberg endorsed Obama" as "when Bloomberg entered Obama" look what you've done


@Megano! I think this belongs on that other thread.

...Biden's gonna be so jealous.

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