Look! It's a phony! A big, fat, phony!
It's not even a subtle phony. If you look at it, you can tell within one second that it's a knock-off of one of the most popular action figure lines today: My Little Pony.
I think this one is supposed to be 'Sparkle Gumdrop Rainbow Chaser', or something.
No, I'm kidding! We all know it's supposed to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. A cheap replica Ninja Turtle. One that you'd find for sale at the local drug store, or dollar store, or truck stop. They cost a couple of bucks. And are designed to be bought to shut up the kids for a minute.
And, if you're an idiot, you'll fall for it. One of the worst things you can do. You buy the Tortoise and give it to the kid to shut them up, and all you get is more screaming about how it's not the real thing.
Oh, and heaven forbid you find yourself stuck, without a gift, and you're minutes away from having to give it to a child for their birthday or christmas. 1. Don't be cheap. 2. Remember to buy a present before the real stores close.
But who cares about New Style Ninja Tortoises? It's Monday! Made Up Monday! I make it up, you decide if it's true of not.
Disclaimer: Gearbox Software released the third game in the Borderlands series last week. I've been playing the hell out of it this weekend. What does that have to do with this post? Not a damn thing. I'm just bragging that I didn't do anything all weekend except sit on my ass and play a video game.
Today, our subject is phonys. There are things we all know are fake. Like reality tv. And the footage of the moon landing. (I said the footage of the moon landing. Not all of it. But in 2006, someone uploaded a, 'HD Remastered' version that greatly improved the quality. But it was all created on a sound stage. The proof? Armstrong has a ticket stub for 'Broke Back Mountain' sticking out the pocket of his space suit. The landing was real, and the low quality video is real too.)
Today I am going to tell you about a fake video that you think is real, but isn't. We've all seen it. We've all read about it. We were all told about it in school.
I'm talking about Martin Luther King Jr. famous 'I Have A Dream' speech.
On August 28 1963, a civil rights leader gave a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was a disjointed, sometimes rambling, speech. The speaker had been on the road for several months promoting a new book and fighting for civil rights. He was tired. He was weak.
But he persevered. He knew that this civil rights march on Washington had been planned, and he had to give a speech. He had prepared carefully. He had his speech written down, and he was going to read it before the crowd. So he did.
It was filmed, and the footage of it is still shown today. But the film is a lie!
The footage we see of Martin Luther King Jr's speech is real footage from that date. So what you see actually took place. The fake part comes from the audio.
The speech we hear today isn't exactly the same as what people heard that day.
Yes, King did talk about a dream. He talked about freedom. He talked about equality. But he didn't say it in the form we hear today.
When King's people reviewed the footage, they weren't happy with it. The sound quality was poor. And the speech was a little disjointed. King had gone off his written notes, and as a result, his advisors thought it was almost incoherent.
So they got ahold of a couple of friends. And these two friends weren't ordinary friends; They were professional writers. In fact, they wrote for one of the most popular TV shows at the time, 'I Dream Of Jeannie'.
Kings advisors gave Kings notes from the speech to the two writers, and gave them some guidelines, including content and length.
Once they were done, King was recorded on a sound stage and the resulting audio was dubbed over the existing footage.
One of the reasons people don't know about this is, the speech King gave that day was almost forgotten. It wasn't until 5 years later when King was murdered that the speech really became popular and began to resonate with the American public.
So my pretties....lies or truth? 'I'll be back tomorrow to spill the beans. But first, I have to dream.....