I’m sure it’s just my station in life, but I view/overanalyze a lot of children’s television these days.
None more so than the hypnotic Yo Gabba Gabba. Recently, something in the show’s opening struck me as, well, weird. Read the lyrics (yes, I actually googled them):
[DJ Lance walks in with his boom box. He opens it.]
DJ Lance: Yo Gabba Gabba!
DJ Lance : Muno!
Muno: Yo, right!
Children: He’s tall and friendly
DJ Lance: Foofa!
Children: She’s pink and happy
DJ Lance: Brobee!
Children: The little green one
DJ Lance: Toodee!
Toodee: Yeah, right! (not “Yeah, right” in the sarcastic way)
Children: She likes to have fun
DJ Lance: Plex!
Children: A magic robot
Children: Let’s all come and play with DJ Lance Rock today
All: Yo Gabba Gabba!
[Repeat “Yo Gabba Gabba!” several times.]
[Hold the “Yo!”]
Did you catch it?
All of characters get a personality characteristic in their introductions. Muno is “friendly,” Foofa is “happy,” Todee “likes to have fun,” and Plex is “magic.” Everyone has a personality … except one: Brobee. Brobee is just “the little green one.” The runt. He’s the friend no one wants, but no one has the guts to tell him so.
Brobee gets screwed. Poor guy. His lot in life is to be a footnote. He is basically Yo Gabba Gabba’s Andrew Ridgely … or John Oates … or whatever the name of the fourth Spice Girl was. You get the picture.
So that’s the lesson of Yo Gabba Gabba: choose one nerd in your pack of friends. You don’t have to be nice to him, but it’ll make you seem cooler.
I’m looking at YOU, Muno …