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No. 226: Harming Celebrities

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Harming Celebrities

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Strip by: KelpTheGreat

{Two comics from different strips are displayed, one above the other. The top one is from Tundra, the bottom one from Close to Home.}
Top comic: {Several Snowmen with prominent bosoms have been created by a young girl. The Snowwomen are made up to look like an angry mob of protestors; they are carrying signs that read, "Equal rights for equal snow," "Snowwomen's lib NOW!", and "Down with the SnowMAN!"}
The comic is captioned: "Gloria Steinem as a child."
Bottom comic: {A man is standing on his front lawn, holding a garage-door opener. On the driveway next to him is a large, empty cardboard box, emblazoned with the words, "Automatic garage door opener - Easy installation!" As he presses the button to see if he's installed the kit successfully, he looks on in dismay as the garage door rips itself free from its confines and goes sailing into the sky.}
The comic is captioned: "Bob Vila at home."

The author writes:

If you're going to make a joke that hinges on the audience's recognition of a person famous for a particular thing - I.E. Gloria Steinem for women's rights; Bob Vila for home-improvement - You could at least do the person whom the joke is centered on the favor of spelling their frickin' name correctly. In the originals, "Steinem" was spelled "Stienman", and "Vila" as "Villa". I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were trying to invoke No Celebrities Were Harmed, but that only really works if the name is a clear parody - if it's just a straight-up misspelling, that comes across looking more like sloppiness.

Original strips: Both strips were scanned in from comic strip collections that I own. The Tundra strip was scanned from 100% Naturally Flavored Comics, and the Close to Home strip was scanned from Close to Home Exposed.