TV is dead. Viral-video is the future. But unlike the structured production and distribution of TV, viral-video is chaos theory in practice. And for it to take over fully as the dominant entertainment medium, it needs to get its house in order. How? By playing up the war on Christmas.
For years, religious traditionalists have rallied against the more secular aspects of Christmas. So much so that a group of them in Texas even staged an execution of Santa by firing squad, which they posted on Youtube. Though their mock drumhead trial of Santa Claus was intended as a serious work, the clip is hysterical. Especially when they talk about their love of peace moments after shooting Santa point blank in the face.
So despite the fact that the war on Christmas exists nowhere except in the imaginations of a few loony people, if the fictional conflict is going to produce quality viral-video like that, then it needs to be ramped up. And what better way to do that than with Undesirable No. 1: Harry Potter.
Since the moment they hit the bestseller list, Harry Potter books have been repeatedly banned by gangs of fundamental Christians who believe they promote witchcraft. An article in the Edmonton Sun even reported the Salvation Army now refuses to accept donations of Harry Potter books or toys because they are incompatible with the charity's Christian beliefs. Potter has also generated no shortage of Youtube clips documenting his clearly "satanic" influence.
But to get the best possible viral-video out of this, Potter needs to team up with Mr. Claus right quick.
Luckily, the good folks at Prairie Dog Playhouse have created just such a perfect storm of heretical pop culture. Larry Potter, It's a Wonderful Santa's Stones, is a parody of the first Harry Potter story featuring appearances by other secular icons like Santa, Elvis and Jimmy Stewart. (Remember Harvey? What is a 6-foot invisible rabbit if not a witch's familiar?) With a mashup like that, Larry Potter is sure to engage--and enrage.
Go see the play and take your ultra-religious friends. Then just sit back and wait for the next genius season of Youtube to start.