• Axl Rosenberg

Please allow me to get all Jonathan Schwartz-y for a moment.

Do people who were only just learning to go poopy in the potty in the early 90s even get Beavis & Butt-Head? I don’t mean that the humor is too sophisticated for some kids (although that could be the case) – I mean, I think it could be entirely possible that they just write it off as stupid low-brow humor that dudes like Vince and myself only enjoy for the sake of nostalgia. And there might be a little bit of truth in that.

But not much.

Besides the excellent commentary on the media and society that Beavis & Butt-Head provided, I think that the show resonated for this reason: every great male friendship (first person to say “bro-mance” gets a kick in the nards), and possibly even some female friendships, has a Beavis & Butt-Head dynamic to it. Vince and I discussed it once, and I think we agreed fairly quickly that he was the Beavis. And I am very comfortable being a Butt-Head.

So. Mike Judge, the brilliant man who created Beavis & Butt-Head, King of the Hill, Office Space and Idiocracy has a new (live-action) movie coming out this week, called Extract. (I’ve heard some people really dig it and some people really dislike it. I want to like it but it has Gene Simmons in it, so that’s one strike against it.) And he created this video of Beavis & Butt-Head introducing some clips.

A cheap promotional ploy? Sure. But as soon as Butt-Head said “Bateman is pissed off ’cause his wife has been doing it with the pool cleaner” and Beavis agreed, “Uh-huh,” it was 1993 for me all over again.

“Beavis, shut up. You’re, like, part of the problem now, or something.”
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