WARNING: There is technically nothing in this video of the villains from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark performing the atrocious “A Freak Like Me Needs Company” a few weeks ago on Letterman that is not safe for work. It’s technically not obscene. And yet, watching it made me feel just like I did when I was tricked into seeing Goatse, Tubgirl and 2 Girls 1 Cup — upset and nauseated and sad and disturbed and angry that anyone would do such an awful thing and then record it and for other people to watch. It’s a wrongness so supreme that it shifts your entire perception of reality, of what awfulness people are truly capable of, totally and irrevocably — a complete negation, if not an outright violation, of all social norms, civilization and human nicety.
Okay, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but lord, it isn’t good. Thanks to John M. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.