Forums, As Seen On TVJeff Atwood March 28, 2013
This brief clip from the season 7 finale of the television show 30 Rock skewers stereotypically snarky Internet forum culture. The action starts at 25 seconds in.
Any recs for the best place to buy a girl’s bike [on the upper west side of New York City]? (She’s 8)
I’m sorry, what’s a “girl’s” bike? Is that like a “girl” doctor? Go back to Saudi Arabia, Hitler!
[You are] buying a bike but not a helmet? The head is where the child’s brain is! Why don’t you get educated, Double Hitler!
I was gonna buy a helmet
Helmets inhibit brain development! [You] might as well give your [darling child] vaccines which studies show cause homosexuality!
So what? My [two year old] is super gay and we love him more than a [straight] child [because] HE DOESN’T RAPE!
(Tina Fey, aghast at responses, quickly slams laptop shut.)
As my wife correctly noted when viewing the clip, this is a parody of an actual mom forum, Urban Baby. It becomes obvious if you compare a screenshot of the site with the barely doctored version shown on the show:
Of course Urban Baby forum members noticed this parody and started topics talking about it.
- Did we already talk about 30 Rock’s great parody of urbanbaby?
- OMG Tina Fey-30 Rock! Did you see, she did UB!! Called it GothamMoms, with snark and all.
- Just watched the UB episode on 30 Rock – totally hysterical!
Proof that Tina Fey and the writers at 30 Rock nailed forum culture? Here’s a response to one of the above topics:
Didn’t you just post this? We get it. It was funny. Ha ha ha.
Which, ironically, made me laugh.
I browsed around Urban Baby a bit, and I don’t know if it’s all that consistently snarky, at least not to the comedic extreme depicted in the 30 Rock scene. But I do suspect most forums could learn something from the perception of how outsiders see their culture.