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Chris Christie Illegally Pirated This Monty Python Sketch For His Teevee Ad

The publicly fat Chris Christie, a licensed lawyer, saw zero problem with taking a Monty Python sketch essentially in its entirety, editing in some choice Jon Corzine-is-awful-themed WordArt on the bottom of the screen, and airing it on national television without clearing it by the Monty Python people. Now Terry Jones and Michael Palin are making fun of Chris Christie for being such an idiot, which is infinitely more amusing than whenever Corzine bitchily alludes to Christie’s deep-fried inadequacies.

Reports the Huffington Post:

Alerted to the theft of their copyright, members of Monty Python are most unhappy. Michael Palin, who appears in the clip pirated for the advert, is especially displeased that his likeness is being used by the Republican candidate without permission.

“I’m surprised that a former U.S. Attorney isn’t aware of his copyright infringement when he uses our material without permission. He’s clearly made a terrible mistake. It was the endorsement of Sarah Palin he was after — not that of Michael Palin.”

Monty Python’s Terry Jones says that the troupe is strongly considering suing the Republican for his copyright infringement:

“It is totally outrageous that a former US Attorney knows so little about the law that he thinks he can rip off people. On the other hand — another of Bush’s legal appointees was Alberto Gonzales and he didn’t seem to know much about the law either…,” Jones said.

The ad was pulled basically immediately, but it’s still available on HuffPost. Chris Christie’s 30 second political spot is not even good as Fawlty Towers, and for this he should be ashamed.


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  1. Gorillionaire

    Ouch – a Python smack down is pretty much a guarantee that you will never be liked by anyone ever again anywhere, including your slutty alcoholic mother.

  2. Terry

    “Christie is no stranger to the world of crime. As the New York Times reported on September 23rd this year, Christie has family ties to the notorious Genovese crime family. As a child, he mingled at family parties with Tino “The Greek” Fiumara — the brother of his aunt’s husband — described by the Times as “a fearsome and ranking member of the Genovese crime family: twice convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, and linked by investigators to several grisly murders, including one in which a victim was strangled with piano wire.””

    Good old Uncle Tino!

  3. joezoo

    Yes, but how can anything live up to Fawlty Towers?

    Interesting that both Palin and Jones used similar lines in their statements. Which means that in a few years Eric Idle will launch a new stage production called “That U.S. Attorney Should Know Better!!”

  4. Aflac Shrugged

    [re=448026]Prommie[/re]: *nod* I think it’s the only sketch where Python makes obesity the focus, but I’m sure there’s someone here whose Python knowledge outstrips mine.

  5. Larry McAwful

    That Huffpost article is written by a humorist who calls himself Martin Lewis. That’s pretty much a perfect name for a humorist. I might adopt a pseudonym myself, like Laurel Hardy or Abbot Costello, or maybe Beavis Butt-Head.

  6. Prommie

    [re=448029]Terry[/re]: Now thats some oppo research.

    I am very worried now, however; Christie has gotten the endorsement of Manly Rash, a major figure in the tea party movement in NJ. Yes, his name is “Manly Rash.” Say it to yourself a few times, it will make you smile, then giggle. Manly Rash. http://www.manlyrash.com/blog/

    I read about this “Manly Rash” in my paper this morning, he was a featured speaker at a teabagger rally:http://www.app.com/article/20091102/NEWS/911020305/Jackson+Tea+Party+works+to+get+out+vote

  7. ithasatilde

    “It was the endorsement of Sarah Palin he was after — not that of Michael Palin.”

    There’s gotta be a desecrating-the-name-of-our-blessed-retard-Trig joke in here somewhere…

  8. Formerly Preferred

    Copyright theft aside, that’s the worst ad I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched it twice and I still am not sure what I’m supposed to be feeling deja vu about. The combination of a fairly complex series of statements about Corzine subtitled on a dialogue heavy skit with a number of cuts and repetitions is just confusing. I mean, if you are going to commit copyright theft, at least make it count.

  9. ForTheTurnstiles

    [re=448034]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: See _The Meaning of Life_. It’s pukey but some folks like it.

  10. Texan Bulldoggette

    “Christie’s deep-fried inadequacies” … don’t know why I thought that was a good euphemism for his testicles.

  11. AxmxZ

    Corzine shoudl respond by dubbing over a particularly homoerotic Fry and Laurie skit with budget ramblings and let the electorate decide what tickles them more.

  12. JMP

    After the many songs used without permission by McCain-Palin last year, this isn’t surprising; they love creating draconian copyright laws at the behest of Disney and the RIAA, yet don’t feel these rules apply to them.

  13. hobospacejunkie

    [re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Manly Rash. Wow. His parents must really hate him. And he must be dumber than a box of rocks not to understand that & change his name.

  14. JMP

    [re=448042]the problem child[/re]: Next, he’ll be talking about how much he loves the Ewoks, Jar Jar Binks and Wesley Crusher.

  15. Larry McAwful

    Maybe Christie can get something by Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy to use in his commercial. Or maybe the Jerky Boyz–they’re from New Jersey, aren’t they?

  16. nappyduggs

    He also tried to move into a 1950s style “police box” thinking that it would somehow turn him into a brilliant, time-traveling supreme being.

    That failed quite miserably.

  17. Will's Mom

    Jon Corzine for Governor: If you can’t control your appetite, how can you control state government?

  18. pampl

    Don’t forget that this is the party which regularly gets busted for playing campaign theme songs without permission. I guess copyright is for fags and commies

  19. shadowMark

    [re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Manly Rash is probably one of those bloggers the FBI trained. But he may have everyone fooled. Manly might really be a deep cover CIA guy who turns out to passing information to Moscow. Or the Vatican. Or Dan Brown.

  20. JMP

    [re=448044]Formerly Preferred[/re]: It’s still better than his main current commercial, which is basically “Vote for me because I have four kids!”. I guess he wants to show the fundies that he’s a true believer in the Every Sperm is Sacred principle?

  21. Mad Brahms

    [re=448041]Prommie[/re]: Wow. You could clear that up with either a tax cut or some calamine lotion, either / or.

  22. finallyhappy

    [re=448029]Terry[/re]: yes, I was to talking to someone from Jersey. He said everyone knows how crooked Christie is(pay-offs galore)- but it is Jersey, after all.

  23. AbstinenceOnly Ed

    Chris Christie, a.k.a. Mr. Creosote, is so fat & dumb he is Upperclass Twits of the Year. Haw haw haw. And now for something completely different…

  24. BobTheBuilder

    Since they run in the same circles, perhaps Manly Rash and Oily Taintz will meet, and we’ll have a great Jay Leno wedding announcement.

  25. Cape Clod

    Given that I have yet to hear a Republican say anything remotely funny, he must have felt that his only option was to steal material from people who are quite good at it.

  26. One Yield Regular

    [re=448058]the problem child[/re]: There’s a New York Post editor somewhere shaking his fist at God for your having come up with that first.

  27. proudgrampa

    [re=448021]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: Classic. My favorite Python sketch of all time. “Bring me a bucket!!”

  28. Extemporanus

    [re=448046]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Every shawarma is sacred. Every shawarma is great.

    If a shawarma is wasted, Chris gets quite irate.

  29. Mr Blifil

    [re=448147]Cranky Little Camperette[/re]: Fanboy geek FAIL. True believers know it to be Dinsdale.

  30. RoscoePColtraine

    Why can’t lib’rul artists just plain be honored that a politician would choose their work for his or her campaign, and call it a day? Could it be that they’re all a bunch of crybaby fucking elitists? “wah, wah, wah…..I did all that work and they won’t pay me. Wah, wah, wah…”

  31. Servo

    Gastone, a bucket for monsieur. Love that sketch.
    Apparently, Chris Christie needs a Live Organ Transplant.

  32. Hello Sunshine

    For countless years to come, students will recite the Palin/Jones putdown while getting stoned. This is Chris Christie’s legacy.

  33. RoscoePColtraine

    [re=448213]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Hey politicans!! Just stick to stealing dead people’s creative output. And not recently dead people, either; they need to be bones-n-hair dead. Lucille Ball did some funny shit. And it’s FREE!!!!

  34. Servo

    The last thing an artist wants to see is his/her creations perverted into something destructive.
    The Repugnants care for nothing more than wealth by destruction.

  35. AggieDemocrat

    [re=448076]Larry McAwful[/re]: It’s spelled “copyright infringement” but it’s pronounced Throat Wobbler Mangrove.

  36. user-of-owls

    [re=448185]TGY[/re]: Or perhaps ‘Fatty Owls’?

    User-of-Owls is now imagining TGY as a plump little mouse, in an open field…with arthritis in his legs.

  37. Biden Time

    They’re both going to end up losing to Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F’tang-F’tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel (Silly Party).

  38. Numbat Dundee

    Curiously, the only political commentary I can remember in a Python sketch was anti-Republicn. In the coctail bar sketch (with the Duck coctails) two stockbrokers are chatting:
    Stockbroker1: “Did you see the news? Nixon’s had an arsehole transplant.”
    Stockbroker2: “But did you see the stop-press? The arsehole’s rejected him!”

  39. Brendan M.

    [re=448066]magic titty[/re]: She’s a girl. She doesn’t even like the good Monty Python sketches.

  40. LowerdPeninsula

    “which is infinitely more amusing than whenever Corzine bitchily alludes to Christie’s deep-fried inadequacies.”

    I didn’t know that “bitchily” was a word — I imagine it means “in a bitchy manner” — but the usage her was superb.

    As for the actual subject, as much as I don’t blame ‘em, actors don’t usually get pissed when Democrats lift entire songs and skits off of them, so I can’t but laugh at the self-righteous hypocrisy, and I’m as liberal as they come. They are just mad a wingnut is doing it, not that it’s being done.

  41. David, The Jew

    We haven’t heard from the other Python’s yet. Wonder what Cleese is thinking? This could be an opportunity.

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