I have gone on record on this blog, and elsewhere, declaring my love of iCarly on Nickelodeon. The show is really funny and has some of the most clever and well-developed characters of any adult, primetime sitcom. However, things got ugly the other night, as a very excited and overly tired Anna almost took out Eli’s eye after watching a particularly silly episode entitled “I fix a pop star.”
To sum up: Carly and the gang are recruited to help engineer a comeback for the self-absorbed, no talent, former child star Ginger Fox. If you just heard “It’s Britney, bitch” in your head after reading that description, you would be right (and Gay). I don’t know who the actress is who plays her, but she’s spot on. Carly, Sam, and Freddie do their best to get her through a rehearsal, but things go horribly wrong. The song she sings starts out with the lyrics “Hello. Is everybody watching” and slips into delightful pop drivel from there. Anna will sometime sing that first line over and over as she dances or when she has the Muno mic from Yo Gabba Gabba in her hand. The song is annoying, but it’s meant to be to fit the show’s character.
At one point during the rehearsal, Ginger gets upset and whips a fork at Freddie, which ends up being lodged in his shoulder. Yes, this is a kid’s show. Well, needless to say, I was laughing at the silliness of that and Anna saw my delight so she began to sing “HELLO. IS EVERYBODY WATCHING” and then flung a fork at Eli, grazing his head, nearly missing his eye. After I gained my composure after witnessing this, we discussed how everything she sees on TV isn’t real, nor is it to be copied.
A stern talking to and a time out were in order. However, upon returning from the timeout, another fork was flung and it was off to bed. Needless to say, we will NOT be watching Icarly with cutlery around again in the near future. If you want to see the character sing the song in question, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCxpGufJ5Jk or better yet, set your DVR to record the show. Happy New Year everyone, here’s to a drama free 2011!