Gizmodo Recommendation: Futurama Weirdly Removes eyePhone Reference From Online Clip
Futurama’s take on the “eyePhone” was clever, but apparently too clever. Comedy Central took off the word “eyePhone” from the video, making the scene awkward when there’s a reaction to nothing.
Maclife has the videos side by side—not embedding it here, so click on over to see it on their site, since they deserve it. (It’s their find after all.) But it is strange that any network would change an already-posted clip for no reason, meaning that someone, somewhere objected to that mention and made them take it out. There’s only really one party that would object to the word “eyePhone”. [Maclife]
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Why Did Comedy Central Remove EyePhone Reference from Futurama Online Clip?
Posted 07/02/2010 at 5:15:01pm | by Roberto Baldwin
If you’re like us, you’re besides yourself with joy about the return Futurama. Life just wasn’t the same without the adventures of Philip J. Fry and his obnoxious friend Bender on our TVs every week.
Last night’s episode took aim at discarded technology being dumped in third-world countries, Twitter, and our favorite company Apple. It was brilliant satire and it’s refreshing to have that voice on TV again.
But, when we cruised on over to Comedy Central this morning to watch clips of last night’s show, we noticed something odd. The clip entitled “Fry and Leela’s Humiliation” was exactly as seen on television last night until the final few seconds. During the broadcast, as the zombies entered the Mom store there is voiceover from the Mom character that is met with cheers from the crowd. She says, “Introducing the all new eyePhone 2.0.”
In the online clip from the show, the dialogue is missing. Instead the zombies just began cheering, money in hand for no apparent reason. Here is the clip in question.
Freedom of speech doesn’t exist in absolute. It’s regulated by sensors who think they know what’s best for everyone to watch and to air. One day, maybe I can decide what I can or cannot watch, instead of a trigger happy bureaucrat respecting money over my freedoms.