Ninja was on The Masked Singer and a dancing ice cream is our god now – CNET


“I put on my melted face as a collar.”

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I wish to suppose that 30 years in the past, Robert Zemeckis placed on his old-timey director’s hat, walked onto the set of Again to the Future II and yelled by his old-timey director’s megaphone, “Okay group, we’ll take advantage of insane model of the longer term we will think about! Michael J! Your footwear will lace themselves! Christopher, your flying automobile eats rubbish! Everybody goes to trip hoverboards and watch Jaws 19 on a holoscreen, and folks will eat miniature pizzas that may flip into massive pizzas and home windows will likely be TVs! ACTION!”

For those who despatched me again to 1989, my imaginative and prescient of the longer term would have in all probability been alongside the identical traces. Possibly extra gigantic pizzas. However now I’m in 2019, and nothing might presumably have ready me for the hypercolor slimescape by which we’ve arrived.

I simply noticed a video of a gaming streamer dressed up as an ice cream singing a couple of horse to an anti-vaxxer and it was… what life is now?

This neon nightmare turned up on an episode of The Masked Singer — America’s newest actuality singing contest, airing on Fox. Superstar contestants sing karaoke in hideous costumes as judges (together with Robin Thicke and Jenny McCarthy) attempt to guess who they’re. There. You have simply had your web site induction on TV’s latest fad, it’s possible you’ll acquire your certificates now. (The present originated in South Korea and has been picked up by near 20 international locations all over the world. The Masked Singer Australia airs on Community Ten, which is owned by CBS).

It is a novel idea for a TV present. Actually a valiant effort from TV execs little doubt so exhausted from strip-mining the rapidly-dwindling seam of content material concepts out there for tv in 2019 that “a man is singing however ya cannot see his face” appeared like a terrific choice.

Nevertheless it’s additionally clear proof that existence is meaningless and satire is lifeless. We dwell within the sunken, 15th reflection of a Black Mirror episode and life is nothing however a mise-en-abyme of popular culture nightmares.

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It is Robert Zemeckis meets Aldous Huxley. It is MTV meets the Thunderdome meets… that scene in Batman Without end when Robin competes in a cross-town neon bike race? Look, it is so much. The pitch assembly for this episode should have defied something futurists, satirists or Coke-addled promoting executives in 1989 might have dreamed of.

“It is 2019! Folks get well-known by taking part in video video games to the world by way of the web. The most well-liked individual on this international area is a man known as Ninja. He performs Fortnite whereas different folks watch. He made $10 million final yr! He will likely be our contestant. He’ll come onstage dressed as…

“Dressed as a unicorn?”

“No, Gavin, you IDIOT! Dressed as an ice cream! An ice cream! He’ll put on this wonderful frozen plastic crown and sing a rustic track by a rap artist. Folks love the track. The viewers will love the track. The judges will love the track. One in every of them would not imagine in herd immunity. The opposite… oh, I do not know… perhaps his final Number one track was a banger that was criticized for trivializing the moral quandaries of consent? The viewers will applaud! Stomping from foot to foot, staring unblinkingly on the cameras educated on them, with the vacant glaze of the opiated lots. They are going to adore their ice cream god. They are going to covet his fame. Till he’s unmasked! And once we pull the plasticized demise rictus and jaunty cherry hat from his head we’ll all scream and cry and marvel who’s on tomorrow night time!”


I suppose I ought to have anticipated this. Actuality exhibits have grow to be so unusual. The world watched final yr because the bachelor (of The Bachelor fame) replayed the climax of The Truman Present, leaping a fence to flee producers and give up the TV present that was his life. We deal with contestants as buddies. I’ve cried real salty tears over cake bakes that didn’t rise within the Nice British Baking Present. I’ve buddies who wish to spend weeks with out meals within the jungle as a result of being on Survivor may pressure Jeff Probst to reply to their fan mail.

It is an countless Koyaanisqatsi for primetime, airing 5 nights every week. 

And so in fact I might anticipate to sit down down after dinner and watch the crystallization of web fandom sing and dance inside a spherical masks that actually regarded just like the burning mannequin of Planet Earth that I noticed finally week’s local weather strike.

However having missed your complete build-up of The Masked Singer, having missed the prelaunch advertising and marketing marketing campaign and little doubt lacking the Soma capsule I used to be anticipated to ingest earlier than watching Ninja’s video clip, I really feel like I’ve woken up sooner or later with none establishing pictures.

The place are we? When are we? And when do I get my re-hydrated pizza? 



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