November 9, 1993 |
Beavis and Butt-head are about to give a whole new--if demented--meaning to Christmas shopping. Just in time for the holidays, the nasty MTV cartoon characters--who get their jollies from torturing small animals and making crude remarks--have their faces plastered across everything from $15 boxer shorts to talking dolls that utter the duo's patented phrase, "This sucks."
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November 4, 1993 |
BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD BASHING: When asked about MTV cartoon characters Beavis and Butt-head, many students in the South Bay area said they thought the controversial, smart-alecky duo were--to borrow the pair's phrase of approval--"Cool! . . . huh, huh, huh." But educators had a decidedly different view of the characters, who stirred controversy recently when a 5-year-old Ohio boy imitating the duo's pyromania set fire to his family's mobile home, killing his baby sister.
November 3, 1993 |
"Beavis and Butt-head," MTV's controversial animated series that has been accused of being responsible for a fatal fire, received a CableACE Award nomination as cable television's best comedy series Tuesday as awards in all 88 categories were announced. "Beavis and Butt-head" will compete against two HBO series that are previous best comedy series winners--"Dream On" and "The Larry Sanders Show."
October 30, 1993
"Beavis and Butt-head," MTV's often funny, although sometimes crude, cartoon series, is being revamped so all references to fire are removed ("Child's Death Prompts MTV to Retool 'Beavis,' " Oct. 14). Howard Stern, arguably the most popular as well as controversial radio personality in history, is causing fines of over $1 million. The reason is that there are people who believe that watching and listening to sex and violence is causing people to have sex and to behave violently. The ills of our nation are not caused by Stern's mouth or the fictitious antics of two animated doodles.
October 21, 1993 |
"H uh-huh--huh --I think those guys are cool," chuckles Rob Zombie of metal band White Zombie, praising--and mimicking--MTV's fun-loving morons Beavis and Butt-head. The feeling is mutual. The controversial cartoon characters think the band is cool too, drooling over its noisy, campy "Thunder Kiss '65' " video. And it's precisely that endorsement that has turned the previously unknown New York group into big sellers.
October 20, 1993 |
Children's advocates on Tuesday applauded MTV's decision to eliminate the 7 p.m. airing of "Beavis and Butt-head" but said that the cable network's decision did not go far enough to answer criticisms of the controversial cartoon show. "I applaud MTV for eliminating the earlier showing, but I have a very jaundiced view of why they're doing it," said Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Los Angeles psychiatrist who has been active in the movement to curb violence on television. "I think the main reason why they're doing this is fear of legal liability rather than a real sense of responsibility to America's children."
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October 16, 1993 |
Julianne Quirk's English class put away books and writing pads Friday to hear a guest speaker talk about something a little more unusual: Beavis and Butt-head. "Do you think it would be funny to blow up your own cat with a fire cracker?" asked Emmy Day, looking a seventh-grader straight in the eye. She was referring to an episode from the MTV cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head," an animated television show featuring two teen-agers who destroy things and animals and play with fire.
October 14, 1993 |
In the wake of a fatal blaze set by a 5-year-old fan of "Beavis and Butt-head," MTV said Wednesday it will delete all references to fire in the weeknight cartoon series. But the cable channel emphasized that it did not believe the 7-month-old series was responsible for the tragedy in which a 2-year-old girl was killed. "Nevertheless, we have decided to bend over backwards as responsible programmers," Carole Robinson, senior vice president, said in a prepared statement.
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October 13, 1993 |
A recent Newsweek cover story depicted the state of TV as "The Billion-Dollar Battle to Insult Your Intelligence." Citing such popular shows as "Beavis and Butt-head," the article left the impression that we're a dumber and coarser nation these days. Sorry, but I don't control TV programming. I can only write my little newspaper column the best way I know how on subjects of interest to you. My sense of things is that you don't want the mindless pap of "Beavis and Butt-head."
October 12, 1993
Dakin Inc., a Woodland Hills marketer of plush toys and gift items based on licensed characters, said it formed a new label that will sell products based on the MTV cable network's popular "Beavis and Butt-head" show. Dakin said it entered a licensing agreement giving it exclusive gift merchandising rights to the animated characters, who give humorous, if crude, commentaries on television shows and music videos.