Afternoon Links: The Internet Is Ricky Gervais’s Plagiarism Playground
Ricky Gervais wrote a wordy tribute to “dicking about” on the Internet and the fact that creativity can’t be taught. It is a gift! His piece, titled “The Internet Is My Playground,” pulls quotes from Scott Adams, Picasso, and Stephen Nachmanovitch, but it looks like he either forgot to credit or neglected to Google David Thorne, the Australian humorist and author who, as HuffPo’s commenters were quick to point out, wrote The Internet Is a Playground a few years back. Thorne is a pioneer of dicking about on the Internet, and though I’m sure Gervais didn’t mean to rip him off — and, yes, the Internet is a playground, and at some point every person with a Twitter handle has this epiphany for him- or herself — his points are pretty much identical to Thorne’s (“Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh”). Oops. Maybe next time make the Internet your balloon-filled labyrinth.
- A sadly realistic parody of traffic reports in Los Angeles, with ads and bloopy noises. See also: the Los Angeliest news item, involving agencies and malls.
- I don’t know how Katy Perry had any parts of her left.
- Ellen DeGeneres gave a lesbian couple $20,000 for their wedding, plus a trip to Fiji for their honeymoon. No ponies? Cheapskate.
- After dropping the Dumb & Dumber sequel, Warner Bros. generously allows it to get shopped elsewhere, where its inevitable brilliance will hopefully be appreciated.
- Give the ladies some props, for Pete’s sake!
- M. Night Shyamalan ghost-wrote She’s All That, which would explain the shocking final scene that reveals that Freddie Prince Jr. was dead and hallucinating a haunted high school. It all makes so much sense now!
- Well, this should inspire some good folk tunes.
- The symbolic death citrus.
- What we learned from Rebecca Black.
- How Harry Potter improved This Is the End.
- Dear Radar Online: Censoring the word “vagina” and replacing it with “lady parts” makes you look like a horse’s ass. I’m sorry: a horse’s [patooty].
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