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The Emperor decrees an end to commercials depicting ridiculously fun parties

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I have been declared Emperor of the World. Let us not waste time explaining why or how; let’s all simply accept the fact that we are better off, as a result; hence, my next decree:

Emperor’s Decree No. 3-4-33-56: People don’t dance while they eat. They simply don’t. They don’t bop from side to side and smile conspiritorially at each other as they wipe the corners of their mouths and carefully display the advertised product with fingers carefully arranged to give the camera full view. And they don’t gather in impromptu, multicolored mobs on hot city streets and jet joyously through makeshift slip-and-slides in shirts and ties. Parties never are, never have been and never will be that outlandishly fun. (Or that racially and socially harmonious. [That will be the day when a surgeon is on a slip-and slide with the hot dog cart guy.])  In fact, when real parties approach the outlandishly fun level, they usually degenerate in to something much more messy and debauched; they don’t erupt in to Target commercials with beer. Truth in advertising, people. Truth in advertising.

(Side note: And, that African American chap with the crazy hair who is in every commercial made within the past five years…will someone please give him a role in movies or something so the Emperor doesn’t have to see him eating another scrap of snack food or grilling on a grill anymore?)

The Punishment: Guilty directors will be chained in the Imperial dungeon among seductive dancers clad in various tasty foods. The dancers will move just close enough to entice the directors to reach out for a treat and then move away, for the span of a week. The violators will then be released with instructions to amend their ridiculous visions.

The Emperor will grace the world with a new decree each Tuesday morning.

Chris Matarazzo is a writer, composer, musician and teacher of literature and writing on the college and high school levels. His music can be heard on his recent release, Hats and Rabbits, which is currently available. Chris is also the composer of the score to the off-beat independent film Surrender Dorothy and he performs in the Philadelphia area with the King Richard Band. He's also a relatively prolific novelist, even if no one seems to care yet. His blog, also called Hats and Rabbits, is nice, too, if you get a chance...
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4 Responses to “The Emperor decrees an end to commercials depicting ridiculously fun parties”

  1. So, THAT’s why the parties I attend are never as fun as those in the ads … all this time, I though it was because I never got invited to the REALLY good parties.

    I am SO relieved!

    Good post, your highness!

  2. We are glad we could ease your mind, oh loyal minion. (Stop by the palace some time to try out the Imperial slip-and-slide. There, we dance while we eat. We have no rules.)

  3. I don’t think anyone has more fun at any party than the people who bring you Sensa. If we would all just “shake shake shake” to the beat on the beach, I think we could achieve a state of higher consciousness…and be slimmer and happier as well.

  4. I’m worried about the people who party on the top of very tall buildings. First, all that happy dancing by 1,000 revelers could bring down that high rise. Second, all those people on smart phones trying to film the band and send the clip to their friend standing next to them could end up wandering off the side of the building.

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