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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bring it on down to Veganville!

Ha! This made me smile, laugh, sing, dance, and crave tofu simultaneously! :-) 


Justin Timberlake - Bring It On Down 2... by IdolxMuzic
(Pity about the ad at the beginning, which may or may not promote something I'd condone,
but the ad-free vid at YouTube was removed not long after it was listed. Bummer!)

My thanks to Bea Elliott and Ecorazzi for bringing this clever video to my attention! (And to SNL and Justin Timberlake for making and sharing it in the first place. Great fun!) :-)

BW and I (a huge Billy Idol fan who'd never heard of Trinidad James) found that listening to at least a bit of each original song parodied here made us appreciate Timberlake's versions even more. :-) So, here they are... 

"Veg Out" - Le Freak (Chic
"Brown Rice Baby"Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice)
"We Found Love in a Meatless Place" - We Found Love in a Hopeless Place (Rihanna)
"Thinking about my Health" - Dancing with Myself (Billy Idol)
"All Veg Everything" - All Gold Everything (explicit) (Trinidad James)
"Drink a Vegan Shake" - Do the Harlem Shake (epic compilation version) :-) (Baauer)

26 comments:

  1. We just watched this a little while ago after seeing someone tweet about it. Loved it!

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    1. I have a feeling it's going to go viral (if it hasn't already!) I've seen it pop up in various places since posting this, too. (I just replaced the DailyMotion video to the YouTube one. DailyMotion had better picture quality, but I hated the 30-second ad at the beginning).

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  2. HA! I was going to post the same thing on my blog, but you beat me to it. So, is Justin vegan now or just vegetarian. Is this a spoof or a message?

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    1. Don't let that stop you! Please, post away! The more the merrier (I just hope the video doesn't get taken down!)

      I figured it was an SNL writer (or two or three) who were the vegans who came up with this, and that Justin Timberlake is probably a vegan like Aykroyd was an alien and Balushi was a samurai. (Did I just date myself big time? LOL) But apparently he and his wife have been spied noshing in vegan establishments, so perhaps it's a beginning of a beautiful journey. I usually don't pay much attention to most reports of celebs allegedly going vegan (or of doing much else!) :-)

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  3. I bookmarked Bea Elliot she had some interesting stuff -- barbara

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    1. Yes, she does - she has a couple of blogs as well. I follow this one as well as her Pinterest boards.

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    2. Well thank you Barbara! I took a look around your blogs as well and have to say your photography is captivating! The old and almost forgotten structures are haunting with the memories they hold aren't they? Beautiful! You have a great eye!

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  4. I really need to watch that sketch again. The first time I was bracing myself for a joke at the vegans' expense, but luckily, it never came! What a nice surprise to have it be so consistently positive!

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    1. I'd have been bracing myself too, if I hadn't seen it first on Bea's Pinterest board and read Ecorazzi's description of it. I agree, it was a wonderful and welcome surprise to have it be so consistently positive - and fun!

      I was hoping you'd click on my "craving tofu" link. ;-) I've got some marinading as we speak!

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  5. My partner calls tofu bean turd. He is wrong, weong, wrong.

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    1. He is indeed! Here's a little something for you - just pretend the kitten is your husband and the apples are two pieces of tofu. Do I have that about right? LOL

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  6. Bea does a great job doesn't she? Thanks for re-sharing the video.

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    1. She sure does. And you're welcome! :-)

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  7. I LOVED my little something. Thank you. And some day I will have to learn how to be as clever as you and embedd links in comments.

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    1. Oh, good. I thought you'd get a kick out of that! I may just have to feature it in a post one of these days, it's so darned funny.

      "Some day" can be right now! Embedding a hyperlink is easy, you just need to know the code. Every time I tried to type out the explanation myself here - and I tried a variety of ways - the codes in my comment were invisible and most of the rest of my explanation was a hyperlink! Fat lot of good that did! LOL So here's the simplest explanation I could find online:
      How to Put Links in Blogger Comments

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  8. Thank you again. I have bookmarked the link and will play some day when my brain is not out to lunch without me.

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    1. Hey cool, I just noticed I could change my comment page format so now I can reply directly to comments! I'm a little slow, but I seem happy enough. LOL :-)

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    2. This new format does do weird things to those of you whose blogs have an apostrophe in the name, but I'm hoping that's only affecting this set of comments retroactively. We'll see how it goes on my next post - but I'm liking this way of responding to comments.

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  9. Loved it! and thought it was even funnier that Chef Boyardee ran a commercial at the end!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Cindi! Unfortunately I have no control over those absurdly ironic ads (there was a hideous Red Lobster one at the beginning of one of my viewings!), but the skit itself is so heartening and gratifying I just do my best to ignore them. (Does anyone even eat that awful Chef Boyardee anymore? I didn't like that stuff even when I was a junker!) :-)

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  10. As usual - Great stuff! Maybe veganism will laugh it's way into the hearts and minds of our omnivore friends? We hope! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Bea ~ and yes, we do indeed hope so! :-)

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  11. Funny stuff and very well done. I wish we'd seen it live, but thanks for posting.

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    1. I thought so too, Spud - very clever and entertaining. We missed the live version too, but I was happy to get to watch it online, and share it.

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  12. That was a fun video. I was a little confused about why Justin would do this until I read that it was on SNL and then it all made sense! That was quite a well written skit with alot of work put into writing it. I couldn't confirm in my google search that Justin is Vegan so all the more cudos to him for doing it!

    Thanks for adding the original songs since I hadn't recognized most of them.

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    1. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this one at work! I agree that they put a lot of work into writing it, and I'd have had a lot of fun helping with that part, since I've always enjoyed writing parodies. I think a lot of work went into making that tofu costume, too! Wish I could borrow it for Halloween. And BW could go as a container of nutritional yeast. LOL

      Adding the original songs was an afterthought, but I reckoned it unlikely that all of the songs would be familiar to everyone, and I think a parody is more fun when you know what's being parodied. So I'm happy to hear that you appreciated my extra effort. :-) By the way, it took me a long time to get some of these veg song versions out of my head (not that I entirely minded them being there, but it WAS getting ridiculous!). The last one finally left a few days ago, and then I went to the liquor store yesterday to get a bottle of wine for the dinner at Al and Jackie's and what was playing on the store speakers but "We Found Love (in a Hopeless Place"). Of course my mind quickly changed the lyrics to the SNL version and I was once again afflicted with a brain worm, but I couldn't help smiling and singing it out loud as I walked to my car. :-)

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