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DAYoung
4th July 10, 03:34 AM
http://www.filmflies.com/productions/hung-poster.jpgA little smut goes a long way in the quest for titillation
Sydney Morning Herald
June 23, 2010

When it comes to ratings, it's the size that matters. This week Channel Seven broadcast Hung, an HBO series with a simple premise: the lead character has a whacking great wang.

Of course there is more to Hung: like much contemporary television, it chiefly dramatises human relationships, societal mores, and the inner life of the lead characters. As a gigolo, Ray's career and family life - rather than his power tool - provide the theatrical twists and quirks of the show.

Nonetheless, it's a striking choice for a hero's notable attribute: the Flash had super speed, Kwai Chang Caine fast fists, and Ray has an epic penis. Perhaps this premise is not substantial enough to sustain deep market penetration. Hung might go soft, or end prematurely. But a big trouser snake is no more absurd than romancing a starship to victory, and this did not stop Captain Kirk returning for three series, seven movies and several half-dressed alien women.

More important is the viewer reaction: 750,000 people tuned in, but the station received only three complaints. This is a reminder Australian television audiences are not particularly puritanical about sex or nudity. The point is not simply that three-quarters of a million switched on. It's also that Channel Seven and its advertisers weren't worried about them switching off.

Advertisers are notoriously touchy about moral panic, despite its hysteria and ignorance. It seems Channel Seven and its corporate sponsors trust grown-ups to handle grown-up characters, plots and jokes. Like Underbelly, Hung suggests that we can watch ribald jokes, swearing and smut without looking over the fence for rampaging Visigoths. Rome did not fall because of penis jokes.

In fact, as ancient Rome's many penis gags suggest, this is nothing new. Wang humour is old. Well into his 80s, my grandfather sung a little song that begun 'I was in the boat, the boat began to rock,' and you can guess what rhymed with the final word. The ancient Greeks used to make fun of men with large genitalia - they looked like monkeys, you see. Penises, in general, are hilarious.

Hung isn't breaking comedic ground with its premise. What looks like a radical choice is actually quite safe: a standard gag. When mixed with some filthy language and dysfunctional domestics, it's more cable ''edginess''.

In this, Hung and its ilk are always more mainstream than the hype suggests. Networks are desperate for ratings and paying viewers. Free-to-air television stations are now competing with cable, online television, music, games and so on.

Even if a teenager can simultaneously watch Lost, listen to Eminem and Skype an overseas friend, there are limited hours and funds. We have to make a choice about our electronic leisure, and the networks and studios are ruthless about being this choice.

Hence the big penis: it's a premise designed to hook us. Controversial enough to attract, but not radical enough to repulse; not avant-garde or cutting-edge. Like so many hard-boiled crime shows, chalk and cheese sitcoms or hospital dramas, it's more normal than it sounds; more unsurprising, unchallenging, uninspiring.

My point is not that Hung is dull or badly written. It is that, as television, the series is uncontroversial from the start. It is no threat to the status quo. Networks like a little controversy, but it is fake: the transgressions trivial, the alarm fleeting. It is not about shocking, it is about market share. Like Ray's customers, they just want to get it up.

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-little-smut-goes-a-long-way-in-the-quest-for-titillation-20100622-yvrz.html

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I'll not provide commentary, because this is my commentary.

Ajamil
4th July 10, 08:30 AM
Was this only posted as a link before? I read it already, and the commentary was funny.

SFGOON
4th July 10, 09:05 AM
Channel fucking seven? In the states that show is broadcast on premium cable only, (or should I say, narrowcast.)

That geezer has a massive dong, and me loves it.

WarPhalange
4th July 10, 10:47 AM
Channel fucking seven? In the states that show is broadcast on premium cable only, (or should I say, narrowcast.)

That geezer has a massive dong, and me loves it.

When my family went to Poland a few years ago from my grandma's funeral, they said that around 10pm or so almost all the channels started showing (I presume softcore) porn.

Also DAYoung, I thought you were above pen0r innuendo? Tisk tisk.

DAYoung
4th July 10, 03:48 PM
Was this only posted as a link before? I read it already, and the commentary was funny.

Yeah, BornSceptic posted it. I thought it deserved a full thread of its own.

DAYoung
4th July 10, 03:49 PM
Channel fucking seven? In the states that show is broadcast on premium cable only, (or should I say, narrowcast.)

That geezer has a massive dong, and me loves it.

Yes, Australians are a little more relaxed about sex and drugs and rock n' roll.

I thought the show OK. Still, don't believe the hype.

DAYoung
4th July 10, 03:52 PM
Also DAYoung, I thought you were above pen0r innuendo? Tisk tisk.

I love a good wang joke.

http://www.starbase21ok.com/GW1.jpg

Phrost
4th July 10, 03:56 PM
Yeah, you would think that this show would be some kind of lowest-common-denominator trash, but it's surprisingly ordinary.

SFGOON
4th July 10, 04:04 PM
Needs more giant penis, IMHO.

HappyOldGuy
4th July 10, 04:10 PM
http://bettorsedge.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/brock.jpg

DAYoung
4th July 10, 04:31 PM
Yeah, you would think that this show would be some kind of lowest-common-denominator trash, but it's surprisingly ordinary.

I think the premise is designed to get that response. But, yeah: it's just another comedy-drama focusing on relationships and 'inner life'. With penis.

DAYoung
4th July 10, 04:32 PM
Needs more giant penis, IMHO.

Penis = cowbell.

DAYoung
4th July 10, 04:37 PM
http://bettorsedge.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/brock.jpg


He could easily become rhyming slang.

SFGOON
4th July 10, 05:08 PM
Penis = cowbell.

Massive Penis = Churchbell

DAYoung
4th July 10, 05:17 PM
Massive Penis = Churchbell

"What's that clanging sound?

"Oh, my damn testicles."

Shotgun Christening
8th July 10, 01:41 PM
Yeah, you would think that this show would be some kind of lowest-common-denominator trash, but it's surprisingly ordinary.


Its a decent show. No True Blood, but thay cant all be, now can they?

Feryk
8th July 10, 02:46 PM
You guys are missing the point. The target audience is women, not men. That's why it's not Blue Mountain State.

DAYoung
8th July 10, 04:24 PM
Can you elaborate on this a bit?

Feryk
8th July 10, 10:45 PM
It's a DICK SHOW. With FEELINGS. That means it's not AIMED AT YOU. It's aimed at women who are fascinated by a man with a HUGE COCK. They just want to know that he has feelings and is a real person, too.

If it were aimed at men, it would be mysoginistic and basically softcore porn. Feelings would be the the sensations he felt when going commando.

DAYoung
8th July 10, 10:51 PM
I'm not sure I agree, but I like how you phrase it.

Feryk
8th July 10, 10:53 PM
Watch Blue Mountain State here. If you don't laugh, you aren't lowbrow enough.

http://www.sidereel.com/Blue_Mountain_State

ICY
9th July 10, 01:05 AM
Feryk, I may have stated this before, but I wish to make my feelings on the subject crystal clear:

You are a huge fag and I hate you.

Feryk
9th July 10, 09:49 AM
I am comforted in the knowledge that at the rate you are poisoning your mind and body that in a short period of time you won't ever remember who I am or how you feel about me.

Or your address. Or phone number.

I guess I'll learn to live with the ignominy of your bile.

ICY
9th July 10, 03:40 PM
No poison this week. Things are looking up. Hopefully I won't go on any more benders any time soon.

And whether or not I remember it...you'll still be a huge fag.

Ajamil
9th July 10, 03:58 PM
Not remembering is a curse to a good life, a boon to a bad one.

And LOL @ "bender." I kept imagining every time they said that in The Last Airbender as someone going off on a drug binge. The different elements had corresponding drugs.

Shotgun Christening
9th July 10, 04:46 PM
It's a DICK SHOW. With FEELINGS. That means it's not AIMED AT YOU. It's aimed at women who are fascinated by a man with a HUGE COCK. They just want to know that he has feelings and is a real person, too.

I feel gay for having watched it now. DAMN YOU.

Feryk
9th July 10, 05:09 PM
No poison this week. Things are looking up. Hopefully I won't go on any more benders any time soon.

And whether or not I remember it...you'll still be a huge fag.

I'm not the one who wants to blow his male roommate because of his magic fingers.

Feryk
9th July 10, 05:11 PM
I feel gay for having watched it now. DAMN YOU.

Watch Blue Mountain State and that feeling will go away.

Shotgun Christening
9th July 10, 05:13 PM
Watch Blue Mountain State and that feeling will go away.

Ok but can I drink my Mimosa while I do it?

Feryk
9th July 10, 05:15 PM
Absolutely. Go make a 5 gallon pail of Mimosas and go crazy.

SFGOON
9th July 10, 05:23 PM
God damn, I could really go for a good bender. Amphetamine, whiskey and pussy.

Dude, next time call me first.

DAYoung
9th July 10, 05:37 PM
God damn, I could really go for a good bender. Amphetamine, whiskey and pussy.

http://www.speyside.moray.org/Speyside/WC03%20The%20Macallan%20Cat.JPG

Here you go.

(Note the pussy's manic eyes.)

Shotgun Christening
9th July 10, 05:50 PM
Absolutely. Go make a 5 gallon pail of Mimosas and go crazy.


I love you in a "I wouldnt watch Hung with you" kind of way.

ICY
10th July 10, 10:22 PM
I'm not the one who wants to blow his male roommate because of his magic fingers.

I meant huge fag in the sense that you're an annoying faggot in the Louis CK sense. Not that you are gay...but you're a fucking faggot.

Also, it's not his magic fingers, although they played some role. It's that the thought of it turns me on and I love him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-otAJrtY-w

Feryk
11th July 10, 01:34 PM
I meant huge fag in the sense that you're an annoying faggot in the Louis CK sense. Not that you are gay...but you're a fucking faggot.

Also, it's not his magic fingers, although they played some role. It's that the thought of it turns me on and I love him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-otAJrtY-w

I'm sure that makes sense to you in some way. I shall have to work to hide my shame, douchebag.

DAYoung
11th July 10, 03:51 PM
Please feel free to take this to another thread, ICY. We're talking about penises here. Important stuff, in other words.

ICY
12th July 10, 12:53 AM
Dude, I talked about sucking a penis in that post...if that's not penis-ey enough for you...really, what is?

Feryk
12th July 10, 05:00 PM
^ in fairness to the douchebag, it's pretty penis-ey.

Harpy
12th July 10, 05:20 PM
DA - I stayed up past my bedtime to catch up on the show. First of all, I missed the memo that it was Tom Jane!

It was pretty terrible. Nothing sexy about the sex scenes and his pimp is hard to look at. Lacks punch, main character is no Eric Northman or Agent Booth, I couldn't even watch the whole episode.

Cullion
12th July 10, 05:26 PM
Please feel free to take this to another thread, ICY. We're talking about penises here. Important stuff, in other words.

u lik teh big blk 1 amirite?

http://im4.ebidst.com/upload_big/9/9/0/1251717028-30323-0.jpg