The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: The Wire As 1970s Hanna Barbera Cartoon

By Gabe Delahaye / June 7, 2011

Shoooooo-oooooooooot! Get it? You get it. Because of that one guy on the show! But now for children! In classic “it’s the 90s” style of the Internet, someone has reimagineered The Wire as a 1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, because nostalgia is king. At a certain point the government is just going to enforce a United States Uniform that is going to be, like, a greaser hairdo, a grunge flannel shirt, disco bellbottom jeans, rollerblades, and some Olivia Newton John workout sweatbands and everyone’s going to wear that as we slink into our cultural graves. Look, this drawing is cute! I’m not saying that it isn’t cute. I’m just saying that at a certain point–if we didn’t already pass the point years ago–the charm of making things look like other things is going to wear off, and my fear is that we won’t be left with much of anything. In the past, artists strove to create something new that spoke specifically to the times in which they lived, and I know that this is just a funtimes goof-em-up on the Internet but I do think it’s kind of demonstrative of the pop cultural echo-chamber we currently find ourselves in. Even one of the quote-unquote “more original” artists we have today, Lady Gaga, clearly just wants to be Madonna. I’m not saying that people in the past didn’t borrow from those who came before them, of course they did! Always, throughout all time! But it feels worse now. It actually feels dangerous now. And it’s not, I don’t think, just because I am old and don’t get what people are trying to do. If anything it’s because I am old and I get what they are trying to do all too well! LOLOLOL JK WHO CARES BING BONG INTERNET WEAK.

That being said, coming up with CHILD APPROPRIATE The Wire captions is a perfectly good way to honor The Arts. Winner will receive special placement in this week’s Monsters’ Ball. My comment is my motherfudging comment! (Image via GorillaMask.)