Wednesday, February 29, 2012

From the Soapbox, so I don't intend for this blog to get preachy, but..well, today I just have to.  I'll promise to try to keep this as a leap-year tradition, which means that in four years when Obj. #4 rolls her eyes and says, "what the hell is a blog?!" I will unleash my inner Sean Penn.  And then I will wash her mouth out with soap.  For now, I'm just going to dip my toe in the pool.

The first time I heard that The Lorax was going to be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, I was peeved.  Then came the cast of vocal talent:  Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, and somebody-famous-but-I'm-not-even-listening-anymore-because-the-disappointment-is-starting-to-eat-away-at-my-eyeballs-DeVito.  But what finally broke me was the onslaught of absurd endorsements for products that are completely at odds to the message of the original book.

 And I love this book.  I mean, I know the darn thing by heart.  I started reading it to Obj. #4 before she was old enough to understand what a tree was, let alone have the ability to empathize with those poor, miserable Barbaloots and their sad little tummies.  I spent my childhood scratching out all the "euss'" and replacing them with "usan's" just so I could claim to have written such masterpieces.  These are the defining texts of my childhood.  

So I'm 100% in support of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and their fight against this shameless commercialism.  Like I said, I'm not usually into cramming my opinions down the throat of anyone not related to me by blood.  And there's a lot of messages aired by CCFC that I don't particularly endorse. But I can get behind this one, and it feels like an important one to pass on.  

Plus, anything that gets Stephen Colbert to speak in verse is worth a second glance.

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