June 7, 2010, - 2:23 pm

You Stay Classy, MTV

By Debbie Schlussel

No, this isn’t about last night’s MTV Video Music Awards.  It’s about the show that aired right afterward, “The Hard Times of R. J. Berger,” the topic of which is a Jewish high schooler with a large penis, who has sex-obsessed parents.  Yup, just when you thought that vapid cable network–which once played cheesy music videos–couldn’t get any worse, the Viacom execs bring us more of the lewd, and that lewd, of course, has to involve Jews and one of the stereotypes against them. And it’s, of course, brought to us by a self-hating Jewish liberal, David Katzenberg, along with non-Jews Seth Grahame-Smith (his parents couldn’t decide on a last name), and David Janollari (as well as several gentile MTV execs). If the name Katzenberg sounds familiar, it’s because daddy’s name got him the gig. Pops is Dreamworks KSG’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, who taught Jr. little of his religion and a whole lot of what it’s like to be a spoiled Hollywood kid dating an Olsen twin. He’s the type of guy who would be right in there with the HAMAS Gaza flotilla-niks, and is doing the kind of PR work for anti-Semites that they could never dream of.

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Now comes MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger, in which a teenage Ohio nerd’s own large penis gives him new confidence — but no relief from the bullies and petty annoyances of high school. . . .

Berger, now played by Paul Iacono, is “this great underdog character, lovable, very relatable, trying to navigate that minefield of being 15,” says MTV senior VP Liz Gateley. But the show “also had an edge, a uniquely MTV voice” that would never find a home on CW or ABC Family.

“The big penis is still the hook,” says co-creator Seth Grahame-Smith (author of literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), mostly as “the thing that kicks off his confidence and lets him come out of his shell.”

But it goes unmentioned in the second episode and provides only a brief though pivotal moment of embarrassment in the third. Instead, the show revolves around RJ’s interaction with his randy parents, a pudgy pal, a goth-girl stalker, an unattainable blond classmate and her jock boyfriend.

“The stories are not penis-driven,” Katzenberg says. “If everyone saw (it) and he got the hottest girl in school and was popular, we wouldn’t have a show.”

Wow, thank Heavens for small favors. What’s next, an MTV show about a hermaphrodite baby? I mean, the culture hasn’t been pulled down low enough by MTV, and the floor can always be lowered. So why not? Ya know . . . just to make sure our civilization can never recover.

Says David Janollari, a former WB programming chief hired early this year to oversee scripted-series development, . . . “We also think that by offering a diverse plate, we have a better opportunity to keep more of our young audience watching the channel.”

The 12-episode Hard Times settles in Mondays at 10 ET/PT on June 14, where it will be paired with Warren the Ape, a spinoff of former Fox series Greg the Bunny about a celebrity puppet.

Also in the works: a remake of 1985 film Teen Wolf.

Ah, thank G-d. Afer all, Teen Wolf was such a masterpiece, it cries to be remade.

Bob Guccione and Larry Flynt missed the boat. If only they’d used their time machine to move ahead a few decades, they’d no longer be fringe purveyors of filth for dirty men in trench coats. They’d be glorified mainstream programming execs for teens and 20-somethings on major cable networks.

You stay classy, MTV.

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20 Responses

Teen Wolf was bad the 1st time around. This proves yet again that no one has had an original idea in Hollywood for at least the last 15 years. But, hey the A Team movie is coming out soon! Everyone was waiting for that!

John on June 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Theres a lack of talent, ideas, and pride in ones work in Hollywood today. This generation is so obsesed with sex and whos sleeping around with whom or wether its same-sex or not as if anyone cares. MTV has alot of influence on our young 20 somethings who dont know any better so the show will probably be a hit with them.

THE LORD THOR on June 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

How about a comedy featuring a black guy with a large unit? Make it a reality show. But blacks are, of course, off limits unless you portray them as middle class white, or high IQ doctors, lawyers, or rocket scientists with an attitude. Is anyone surprised by this? It’s what happens when liberalism destroys standards. But don’t worry, just wait until next year. It’ll be worse. What? How can anything be worse than this? Just stick around…

Michael on June 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

[couldn’t get any worse, the Viacom execs bring us more of the lewd, and that lewd, of course, has to involve Jews and one of the stereotypes against them.]

Since when has THAT been a stereotype of Jews?!?!
Bwarrr!!! Hahahaha!!!

I saw the Gene Simmons sex tape, believe me, I don’t know where the stereotype comes from. Oh yeah, Ron Jeremy! ROFL!!!

Norman Blitzer on June 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

[couldn’t get any worse, the Viacom execs bring us more of the lewd, and that lewd, of course, has to involve Jews and one of the stereotypes against them.]

Since when has THAT been a stereotype of Jews?!?!
Bwarrr!!! Hahahaha!!!

I saw the Gene Simmons sex tape, believe me, I don’t know where the stereotype comes from. Oh yeah, Ron Jeremy! ROFL!!!

Norman Blitzer on June 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Norman was being so witty that he repeated his comment for our extra amusement.

    skzion on June 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I watched the MTV movie awards last night. There were f-bombs, s-bombs,etc. Every few minutes. The host Aziz (I call him Disease) Ansari was not funny at all but very annoying. That new show was a recycled version of last year’s box office bomb “I love you beth Cooper”.

Matthew on June 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I am of the MTV generation and when they first started was proud to be part of it. It was such an innovation and I loved it! However, when they started sensationalizing teenage pregnancy, and broadcast shows about an exceptionally hung young man, then I wash my hands of them. They don’t even show videos anymore, at least not when one might want to see them. The content is vile. It is sending the wrong messages to our kids and frankly, the network is a mere shadow of what it used to be. This is NOT my MTV. It is a testament of the brash, disrespectful youth we are raising today.

Musiccgirl on June 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    “It is a testament of the brash, disrespectful youth we are raising today.”
    Isn’t what our parents said about us?

    Pete Bone on June 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

YET ANOTHER BIT OF EVIDENCE FOR CABLE CHOICE!

Bob Porrazzo on June 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Really low. What’s this with a sex-obsessed Jewish teen male? You would think MTV could come up with a better storyline.

Nah.

NormanF on June 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I thought MTV meant Musiv TV…somewhere along the way they must have run out of ‘music’

Not Ovenready on June 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Ever since they began airing THE REAL WORLD, I stopped watching MTV way back then. I, too love watching MTV when it first came out for the music videos. I also love the original VJ’s that hosted the original MTV. Now it’s just crap that just throws teenagers in sexual situations and that’s suppose to be entertainment. Keep your kids away or if you can get MTV2 then you can watch some videos. I emphasise SOME.

Mr. M on June 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I suppose it’s more intriguing than a show about a Muslim boy with his 2 inch hairy shafted thumper.

Bob S. on June 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Don’t you just love the fact that if you subscribe to cable, you are forced into subsidizing this propaganda on MTV and BET?

This is why I am all for Cable ala carte.

I live in a HOA development and we negotiate our cable contract. Four years ago we got BET and MTV yanked from the line up. The 55 plus community demanded Time Warner pull those channels because most did not know how to block the channels from their TV’s so the visiting Grand children could not tune in that garbage.

It just amazes me that we allow the Cable TV Industry to force feed this sleaze TV on unsuspecting viewers. I bet if family’s were allowed to choose, MTV and BET would go bankrupt.

ScottyDog on June 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

As bad as MTV is for airing this trash, parents must not allow their children to tune into this channel. Block it if you can. Monitor what your children watch. Be active and involved parents. Set Standards and keep them.

One Irish Jew on June 9, 2010 at 12:22 am

The first episode was ok not great not horrible.The first thing I wonder about is how his parent’s orgying has affected his life.Also how did he become such a BMOC was he BRssd?Doubtfull, Circumcised men had shorter erect penises than (p<0.05). The paper recommends that the measurement technique described in this study should be applied to other populations, and that condoms should be manufactured and marketed in a wider range of lengths and widths."

mp510mm on June 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

I’m trying to figure out how one gets a character who is a minor written into a rated R comedy. It’s moronic, but that’s why I watch mostly MST3K reruns or classic movies. It’s increasingly difficult to get intelligent movies that one can watch with kids (MST3K is written carefully so that adult references fly over the heads of kids, and the movies are edited carefully, too, and are rarely not of the 1950s/60s type.). Most films for “kids” are PG rated nowadays, which is disgusting.

Occam's Tool on December 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Actually Seth Grahame-Smith is 100% Jewish! His Mother and Father were Jewish!

Karl on September 15, 2013 at 5:50 am

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