Friday, November 24, 2006

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Song and Dance Bullshit!

I really like to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. It is one of those holiday traditions that has been going on for 80 years now. I would really like for my kids to be able to enjoy this tradition also but there is one problem. My kids can't stand to watch it and I can't really blame them.

These days this parade bores the crap out of kids. It turns out that it is incredibly difficult to keep a kids interest when they are constantly waiting through these huge, never-ending, over-produced, broadway song and dance, bullshit numbers. And what is the payoff for the kid? Five seconds of actual parade footage with sponser advertising splashed on the TV screen right before a commercial break. Speaking of which, isn't the entire parade nothing more than a 3 hour commercial break. Maybe they should change the TV program title to "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Song and Dance Extravaganza Featuring Clips of a Parade in the Background"

How hard would it be for one of the networks to edit together a children friendly broadcast of the parade to air later in the day. I imagine it would only take an hour to run (and imagine all the kid directed advertising!). I know kids. And all they want to see is floats, giant balloons and Santa Claus. They couldn't give two shits about seeing Hall & Oates singing or the cast of a Chorus Line doing the same song and dance they do every single year. Two minutes of that kind of crap is like kid repellant. You may as well be broadcasting dead air.

Let's try and cater a little bit to the kids here. After all isn't that the reason why they started the parade in the first place?

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