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“Dr. Hooey is Good”

I always wondered what Dr. Who would be like on too many hallucinogenics.  Thanks to this Turkish remake I have all my answers.

via iheartchaos

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  • hello im turkish.when i saw the video at first i laugh very much and i wondered who made it i though it is made in turkey because of the channel’s name .but i think and search a little.i understand its not. its concept is all arabic (music language characters) But as a turk im not bothered. I think its not about raciszm its about ignorance and ”stereotypeing people” of some europan people about turkey and turkish(or uneuropan) people.its like saying ”french people dont wash their ass” or ”germans are rude” or ”english people have bad theeth” just myths of ignorance :)
    by the way this is very comic and sucsesful video well done

  • Um, Dr. Hooey doesn’t appear “filthy” to me, nor “vaguely sleazy” except in the way of a typical cheesy B-movie hero who winks at the camera as some girl fawns over him (and I don’t know why you think ‘unshaven’ is a bad thing, it’s not like he looks sloppy, his beard appears very neatly-trimmed). If you check out the video “America’s Doctor Who” here, the joke of having Jack Black as Doctor Who results in a similar kind of character (though the video overall isn’t as funny), I don’t think the makers of this video were expressing prejudice against Americans.

    “Not to mention that “ha ha Turks make bad TV” as a comic premise is entirely just a racial stereotype.”

    No it’s not, it’s based on a very specific phenomenon of terrible Turkish remakes of American movies, which have achieved a sort of cult notoriety similar to the Star Wars Holiday Special. Maybe you weren’t familiar with this phenomenon but a lot of us are–did you take a look at any of the clips I linked to here, here and here?

    “What if this were white people in blackface making fun of the low production values on blaxploitation classics like Coffy or Shaft? Would that also not be racist?”

    Blackface has a pretty specific history that makes it offensive, there was nothing akin to dressing up in blackface in the video. A parody of a blaxploitation movie like Shaft wouldn’t in itself be racist though, it would depend how it was done. Do you think a parody of Godzilla movies would automatically be racist against the Japanese? Is this parody of anime cartoons racist?

  • Well the name of the Youtube channel this is on is mangled Turkish (it appears to say “nine TV shows,” (Dokuz tane programla[r]) probably they meant to say “Channel Nine”(Kanal Dokuz).

    Furthermore the “phenomenon” of Turkish TV shows and media is here parodied by depicting Turks as filthy, unshaven, vaguely sleazy individuals, the way they are generally depicted by anti-Turk bigots.

    Not to mention that “ha ha Turks make bad TV” as a comic premise is entirely just a racial stereotype.

    What if this were white people in blackface making fun of the low production values on blaxploitation classics like Coffy or Shaft? Would that also not be racist?

  • Yes, it is racist trash, and I hope the Nerdist website will let us say so without deleting our comments or insulting us about having that view… which is exactly what the DoctorWhoTV site did today. The host there posted this video link, a few of us said what we thought of it (with civility, I might add), and our comments were removed; the video link was not. Gee, media censorship just like in the mainstream broadcast network world. Sigh.

  • Oh pardon me I just went to the Youtube channel and watched the video to establish that it was racist trash; I guess I should have read a one-sentence blurb on iheartchaos that establishes the exact same point.

  • Um, if you follow the link it explains exactly what it is. I don’t think it’s as mysterious or complicated as you want to make it. It’s, you know, parody.

  • Yeah, I don’t think this is legit – at least the parts I could make out of the Turkish, that’s not what they’re saying. But really, that doesn’t make it any less fabulous.

  • Yeah, that doesn’t sound a damn thing like Turkish and the name of the Youtube channel looks like someone tried to run the phrase “Channel Nine” through Google Translate, and then Google Translate failed miserably.

    This is just racist trash.

  • I call Shenanigans. I don’t believe that this is at all Turkish, I you look closely at the end “The End” is spelled with goofy English lettering. Besides Turkish programming is much, much worse. PS Doctor Hooey looks a lot like Eddie Izzard to me.