PopWatch Petition: Enough 'Bee Movie' product placement already!

Beemovie_lLast night’s Oscar telecast was a most enjoyable affair. The acceptance speeches were short and heartfelt (I don’t think I heard a single interminable list of names!), the clips packages were nifty, and host Jon Stewart was both funny and classy (recalling Markéta Irglová to the stage for her acceptance speech was the kind of unexpected treat that makes a three-and-a-half hour telecast entirely bearable).

On the other hand, the evening’s low point had to be yet another shameless plug for Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie. Oh, how I hoped a giant flyswatter would come thwacking down when that overhyped black-and-yellow beast took his spot atop the Oscar podium. I mean, Bee Movie wasn’t among the nominees for Best Animated Feature, so why didn’t the Academy give eventual winner Ratatouille the "animated presenter" spot instead? Or even one of those surfing penguins? When I can’t get a chuckle from reliving Matthew Broderick’s painful Election sting, then something is definitely rotten on the Oscar stage.

So who’s going to join me in signing the PopWatch petition to stop the deadly swarm of promotion that Seinfeld is likely planning to prepare for March 11 DVD release? If you need some encouragement, then I’ve got three words for you: Bee. Movie. Juniors. Oh yeah, I went there!

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  • Nancy

    I’m in. When I saw the bee last night, I thought “isn’t that movie gone yet?!” No more bees! You’ve outstayed your welcome!

  • Joey Jo Jo

    The Bee Movie Juniors made the movie seem unpalatable. Seeing another Bee endorsement on the Oscars makes me never want to eat honey.

  • Nancy

    By the way, Slezak, didn’t you love how all the winners were playing with their Oscars like you play with the ANTM dolls? Ha! Let’s see them make Tarjay dresses for theirs!

  • Ep Sato

    One writer, I’m pretty sure from EW, pointed out that the Bee Movie promos did something that the thousands of hours worth of Seinfeld Reruns could never do. They got the public annoyed and irritated with Jerry Seinfeld.
    His antics were great when he had Larry David writing his dialogue, but to realize that Jerry’s only reason for exisitng post-show has been to pimp this movie (which didn’t even review very well, despite all the hype, promos and superstar cast).
    Sle, let me know where to sign the petition, as I’m in! No More Bee Movie crap!

  • Sara

    Oh god. I SO agree with you. I even mentioned the Bee Movie thing to someone this morning when recounting the ceremony–like, ugh–enough with the freaking Bee Movie!

  • craig

    Count me in–those Bee Movie Juniors spots were excruciatingly unfunny and I don’t want to see any more in prep for the DVD release.

  • Bridget

    Count me in too! I can’t stand to listen to Jerry Seinfeld’s whiny “comedy” anymore, and that especially includes Bee Movie! For the love of god, MAKE IT STOP.

  • birdgirl39

    Jerry Seinfeld needs to give up. His voice is irritating, and his “routine” is tired. Make it stop.

  • Snarf

    Jerry Sienfeld, SIT DOWN! (and take your bees with you)

  • PDub

    here here. you’ve got my vote (AGAINST the Bee placement!!!)

  • T-Rex

    I believe that Jerry Seinfeld and his Bee Movie abomination is single handedly responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder.

  • PJ

    Agree that the Bee Movie moment was cringe worthy. Also agree that Jon Steward wins for classiest host for bringing Markéta Irglová back for a much deserved moment in the spotlight, which she used to encourage others. Class Acts all around.

  • PJ

    Ooops, I meant Jon Stewart…

  • Ms Daisy

    Guess I’m a minority, but I have never found Jerry Seinfeld to be the least bit funny or entertaining. Hated that gimmick on the Oscars last night, but mostly because I hate Seinfeld. I don’t have anything in particular against bees, unless they’re killer bees.

  • Pamela

    Slezak, you wanted a flyswatter to squish that whiny Bee? Me, watching that piece, I was hoping Bart Simpson’s foot would loom over and flatten him. A little nod to a far better animated movie from ’07. Seinfeld allow such a thing? Not likely. Shame. Seinfeld seems to be (sorry) so humorless now.

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