Fri
Oct 25 2013 5:00pm
Perfect Trailer Parody for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is Perfect

Steve Rogers, Captain America The Winter Soldier, Chris Evans

You know what the first Winter Soldier trailer needed more of? Badass Americanism. To remedy this, we have the trailer helpfully mashed up with Team America’s ode to everything red, blue, and spangly—“America, Fuck Yeah.”

No, this is seriously the best possible thing to come of any Captain America trailer now and forever.

Honestly, the song should just be Steve Roger’s theme—easy to blare whenever he walks into a room or whacks someone with his shield. Thor can walk behind him with a boombox.

22 comments
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
1. Lisamarie
Oh God, I needed this. I have had a horribly stressful/hectic past few weeks at work, and relief is still a few weeks away. This is the best. :) I might have to watch this every day.

(Related: Team America: World Police is one of my favorite movies ever. I was just telling somebody how Parker/Stone are kind of underrated and perhaps at time overlooked due to their vulgarity).
Maxwell31
2. Maxwell31
@Lisamarie

Yeah, way underrated *Looks at their Emmies and Tonies.* Totally underrated. I hate when people use the word underrated improperly.

Doesn't work quite as well as the one for First Avenger, still funny though.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
3. Lisamarie
So, this shows I rather out of the loop I am regarding stuff like this, but I'm actually not aware of any of their awards. I was just referring to personal conversations I've had with people, and impressions that THEY have. I would guess that they are also unaware of them too.

I apologize for making you so upset.
Maxwell31
4. crewtone
Underrated as intelligent satirists rather than as vulgarians, is what I took from the original comment
Bridget McGovern
5. BMcGovern
@Lisamarie: No need to apologize to anyone! For the record, Parker and Stone have picked up their fair share of awards, including Emmys for South Park and Tonys (plus a Grammy) for The Book of Mormon. However, I completely agree that--in spite of the critical plaudits--there are plenty of people who still tend to see them as lowbrow goons rather than accomplished satirists. More importantly, glad you enjoyed the video, and that it helped make your day better :)

@Maxwell31: We try to encourage people to be civil in the comments; I think "underrated" is a relatively subjective term, and if you want to disagree with someone's opinion, please be more polite in the future. Thanks.
Joseph Newton
6. crzydroid
They should just start circulating this as the official trailer. Actually, now that I think of it, all movie trailers should just have this song playing.
Brian Haughwout
7. bhaughwout
Am I the only person on the Internet who actually finds this parody to be completely missing the point of (A) the character of cinematic Steve Rogers and (B) the trailer for "The Winter Soldier"?

Of course, I never found the juvenalia of Parker & Stone to at all humorous or satirically apt (even from when "South Park" first premiered when I was in high school) and haven't seen "Team America," but this really seems to be not getting the point of the characterization of Rogers at all. Just my two cents...
Joseph Newton
8. crzydroid
@7: You probably are. Perhaps "parody" is not the right word for this video, as the point of it is not to attempt to parody the character or the plot of the movie themselves. It's just putting a funny song to the trailer in a way that makes in humorous, and perhaps invites us to imagine that the movie trailer could fit the song. I honestly don't know how to explain this; you either get it or you don't.

@2: Comment #7 contains an example of what Lisamarie means by underrated. The writer of the comment opines that Parker and Stone are not satirically apt, and that their works are mere "juvenalia." Lisamarie feels that they are indeed satirically apt.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
9. Lisamarie
Yes, thank you :) I was speaking mostly about what I consider their satirical gifts and their comedic timing, and that was one of the things we (in my conversation that day) had talked about. Although I also think their songwriting/singing skills are...well, if they've won Tonies, underrated probably is not the right word...but I was also trying to convince somebody that Cannibal! The Musical really is quite good and worth seeing and not just toilet jokes and little kids swearing and shock value, which is how I've heard South Park described (to be fair, some of the episodes could be described that way and don't go much deeper than that). I also enjoy the various Star Trek/Star Wars references that get slipped in (many of which I'm actually discovering retroactively now that I watch more Star Trek. That's not the way it happened!)

Which is not to say that they aren't vulgar and juvenile too, and some people just aren't going to like it or find it funny. In fact, I often fast forward through the vomiting scene in TA, because it just crosses my limit, and there has definitely been some stuff they've done that is just not my taste at all.

As for Team America - I reccomend it. It's probably better than most of the movies it makes fun of. And I'm pretty sure the whole point of the humor WAS the juxtaposition of the Steve Rogers character and the general mood of the song (in fact, that's also kind of the point of the movie in general - to make fun of that attitude in movies).

Or, maybe they just thought lick my butt and suck on my balls was funny, in a completely juvenile and non-ironic way.
Melissa Shumake
10. cherie_2137
@9 "And I'm pretty sure the whole point of the humor WAS the juxtaposition of the Steve Rogers character and the general mood of the song (in fact, that's also kind of the point of the movie in general - to make fun of that attitude in movies)."

that was EXACTLY how i saw it too.
Alan Brown
11. AlanBrown
The faux trailer was pretty funny, juxtaposing the sincere patriotism of Steve Rogers with the completely over the top patriotism of Team America.
It's not the first time that Captain America has been the butt of jokes, and it won't be the last. Too many people can't get past the portrayal of a man willingly wraps himself in a flag, and write the character off as a caricture right from the start.
Patriotism is a difficult topic. But I am seeing hints that the values of patriotism, and the need to temper it with morality and wisdom, is at the heart of what this new movie is about. And hopefully, it will give the world at large a better idea of what Captain America is all about.
Gerd K
12. Kah-thurak
@AlanBrown
I think right now the world at large is not quite in the mood for american patriotism.
Maxwell31
13. J Town
@12 -

Are they ever?
Gerd K
14. Kah-thurak
@J Town
There were definitely times when the tolerance for it was higher in those parts of it that are generally considered "allies" or "friends" by the US...
Alan Brown
15. AlanBrown
@15 The fact that the US has done some things recently that have tarnished its reputation makes a discussion of patriotism and ethics more important than ever.But this is probably not the right thread for that discussion--I guess the fact we got off on this tangent is just another example of how insightful Parker and Stone can be in their satire.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
16. Lisamarie
@15 - exactly. And I do think the US has done some pretty bad things. But, I'm kind of sick of this expectation that we're all supposed to be self-hating and talking about how horrible we are. My sister is almost 18 and beginning to become interested in political issues, and she went through this phase where she'd frequently about how HORRIBLE the United States are, how we are just one of the worst countries ever, in a way that almost seems to initmate we deserve any of the bad things that have happened to us because we're just a bunch of bullies.

And while I certainly don't want to claim that we've figured stuff out regarding treatment of women, minorities, equitable distribution of resources, access to health care/education, and international relations, etc, and that other countries are 100% wrong in everything, sometimes I feel the need to gently remind her that, were she to live in some other countries, she wouldn't even be able to walk out of the house on her own. (Not to mention post on FB from her own computer, in her own room, in a house with electricity and running water).

Although, she also seems to think that feminists have nothing to fight for now that we can vote and work and stuff, so, this is something I also have tried to have a few discussions with her about. Ah, to be 18 ;)

Anyway - I think it's important to recognize and embrace the good things about America - and work to foster THOSE things fight for them. Which I'm sure is what most people are trying to do, but I think it matters how you frame it. I don't think it's healthy to feel like we as a nation should be inherently ashamed all the time.
Gerd K
18. Kah-thurak
@16 Lisamarie
I dont think that it is healthy for any nation to be ashamed of itself all of the time - which was and continues to be a problem for us germans for the obvious reasons. On the other hand too much self confidence can easily turn to arrogance and while I really like america quite a lot (of the foreign countries I have visited it is quite easily my favourite), the way the US administration treats its allies and non-american citizen in general has become rather hard to stomach.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
19. Lisamarie
Funny, I was kind of thinking of Germany, but I didn't want to mention it since I wasn't sure how much of what I'd heard was just hearsay.

However, as of now, the only European country I've been to was Germany (in 2005), and it was quite lovely :) I was especially a big fan of the timely trains and subways. Hopefully I wasn't too obnoxious - I did do my best to speak in the language whenever possible (I studied the language in high school and college), although most people defaulted to English right away, and people were pretty patient with me as I attempted to speak in German.
Brian R
20. Mayhem
One problem with America is it inherited an empire post WW2 more or less by default without doing the groundwork to build it, or understanding the compromises that the major colonial nations like France, Netherlands or the UK struggled with.

Which meant that the people in power in the 50s and 60s did an awful lot of bad things in the name of good without realising it at the time. Almost every major hotspot in the world today can be traced back to poorly managed US interference at a critical time, from the rise of the Baath party in the middle east to the spread of opium poppies in Afghanistan in the late 60s. This is not to say that America today is good or bad, merely to state that many of the powers opposed to the US (such as Iran) have valid justifications for the way they feel.

As Alan says, this means that the whole patriotism and morality questions raised by Captain America are even more valid now than they were 20 years ago.
The whole Team America ideal has been steadily building in cinema, from the cheesy 80s action movies through Independence Day back in the 90s to the major blockbusters like Transformers or Pacific Rim today - at the end of the day America will find the answer while the world waits... Which makes the parody even more apt.

And on that note, I found this interesting, especially the reactions when challenged.
http://www.salon.com/2013/09/10/captain_america_in_a_turban/
Gerd K
21. Kah-thurak
@Lisamarie
Its good to hear that you liked it in germany :-)
Funny enough a lot of foreigners praise our train&subway systems, while germans love to complain about their tardiness... as for the language, nobody will take it amiss if an american tourist doesnt speak german. The only country where that can be a problem would be France ;-)

@Mayhem
I dont think that the colonial powers in the age of imperialism can be compared to the US of today (or the 50s or 60s). What was done in that time was much worse and until today it remains unclear whether Africa will ever recover from it.

Nevertheless, it will be necessary for the US to realize that, in the long run, they need partners, and to have partners you have to treat them with respect. Assuming that the citizens of your allies have fundamentally less rights then your own does not go a long way in that regard ;-)
Brian R
22. Mayhem
@Kah-thurak
Yeah, I probably wasn't clear enough there. As bad as Guantanamo and rendition is, the US is still a far cry from the horrors of say the Belgians in the Congo. What I meant was more that the colonial powers were forced to drastically rethink their empires in the early years of the century, and most abandoned their colonies leaving a huge power vacuum that the US attempted to step into, with varying degrees of success.
The problems arose when the US attempted to control the behaviour of various states, by sponsoring particular candidates or policies. The issue was they tended to do it in such a naiive fashion that not only did their ideas fail, but they actively brought about the opposite effect. The repeated attempts to correct their mistakes were increasingly inept and turned the public against them.
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/posts/the_baby_and_the_baath_water as a fascinating example from Syria.

In today's world, the obvious example can be seen in the behaviour of the US following 2001 towards France - a country that had the bitter experience of fighting nasty asymmetric wars in Vietnam in the 50s and Algeria in the 60s. Any advice on how to deal with terrorism and hostile populations was drowned out under the nationalistic cries of cheese eating surrender monkeys.

I completely agree with the last idea though.

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