When I was a humor editor at Hallmark Cards, part of my job was to think of all the ways those funny jokes, puns and one-liners could be taken the wrong way.
We didn’t want them to sound dirty unless we meant for them to sound dirty.
So, I am fascinated that a ‘hilarious comedy for the whole family’ could be released with the name “Furry Vengeance.”
I don’t mean to be crude, but the first time I heard this movie name, I thought it was a porn film. Am I the only one who sees the possible innuendo attached to this troublesome title?
If it were a film with a target audience of the “Pineapple Express” ilk, it would make a bit more sense. But this is pure family fare, with a very green-friendly ‘save our forests’ message.
Why the borderline nasty name, Participant Media? You, whose other films include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Fast Food Nation,” and “Syriana.” I applaud your issue-oriented choices, but you need to put a bit more thought into the marketing of this title.
Unless you meant for it to sound dirty to expand your audience.
Shame on you.
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I’m not one to lecture on green initiatives. (That’s my sister’s department.)
But I’ve recently realized that my lifestyle is saving the planet.
Granted, I didn’t move to New York City for altruistic reasons…not by a long shot. I’ve wanted to live here since I was eight years old. I wanted to be close to the center of television and publishing and Broadway and — let’s face it — the universe.
But it turns out that city dwellers like myself are living far greener lives than our country counterparts.
You maybe surrounded by Mother Nature, but we city folk typically don’t own cars, so we walk and use public transportation to get around. We also live in much smaller homes and apartments, which means we use less energy — about one-half the electricity as our non-city friends. We also generate fewer greenhouse gases.
Don’t take my word for it. There’s a great book out on the topic – “Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability” by David Owens.
Heck, this week alone, I took commuter rail to Connecticut and Long Island, took a quick bus trip to Boston, and scooted around Manhattan on the subway and my own two feet.
I know that many rural areas don’t have the public transportation system that New York City enjoys. But, the next time you have that knee-jerk inclination to bemoan our urban areas, remember: the way we live our lives is good for everyone.