Monday, January 31, 2005

Focus on the Idiotic?

Dr. James Dobson (who I have the extreme joy of being able to see every day on my local morning news...any wonder why I don't watch?) seems to keep missing the point. First, he attacks SpongeBob SquarePants, which is a CARTOON, without apparently ever even watching an episode. Typical.

There is no hidden agenda, nor is SpongeBob gay (or any other Bikini Bottom creatures for that matter). From E! Online:
He's square, he lives in a pineapple under the sea, his best friend's a starfish. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Stephen Hillenburg, the 43-year-old creator of Nickelodeon's hit cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants, is setting the record straight regarding the sexuality of his highly absorbent 'toon, days after conservative Christian activists accused SpongeBob of advocating a homosexual agenda by appearing in a video holding hands with pal Patrick the Star Fish.

SpongeBob, says Hillenburg, is not gay. He's just an animated sea creature.

"[Sexuality] doesn't have anything to do with what we're trying to do," Hillenberg told Reuters on Friday[...]"We never intended them to be gay. I consider them to be almost asexual. We're just trying to be funny, and this has got nothing to do with the show."

So now, after being pummelled from every side in the MSM, Dr. Dobson's group has decided to attack the media for attacking spamming Keith Olbermann...WOW...these guys are out. From Daily Kos:
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is one of the few "real media" journalists to have a blog consistently worth going to. From Olbermann, we learn that for the last week, Focus on the Family has been locked in mortal combat with themselves, and they're losing badly.

Or more specifically, FOTF targeted K.O. for an impromptu spam campaign, as a result of Countdown's reporting on James Dobson's "SpongeBob" comments. Dobson backpedaled like a man possessed once media attention on his remarks started coming out, in the process citing Olbermann as "one of the most hostile of the commentators" against him and setting up an email generator by which FOTF groupies could spam Olbermann on the subject.

Olbermann himself blogs:
The spam e-mails began coming in Tuesday night. They were pretty routine, damning me to eternal fires and reminding me what they "did" to Dan Rather and how I'd be next. But they were generated from Dobson's own website, which of course negates their impact, and as a result a lot of them were downright hilarious.
Something approaching 20 percent of them were simply blank. Others began with, or consisted entirely of, the preamble "(Please delete these words and type your own message here.)" Others referred to Dr. Dobson as Dr. Dobsin, Dr. Dobsen, or Mr. Dobbins. Many were cut-and-paste repetitions of one another, and about 20 percent were from false e-mail addresses.

One particularly useful one included the actual instructions on the Website as to how to conduct the campaign...

Makes me think back to the greatest attack on a fictional character I can remember...Dan Quayle vs. Murphy Brown. Since this incident in 1992, you'd think people would realize that such battles are not worth starting...and in fact usually get you painted as a loony, and your credibility (assuming you had any to start with) is gone, never to be seen again.