Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Mad Magazine [March 1999]

Straight off the last post from the Mad Feeling series, why not transition into a quick one featuring a parody from Mad Magazine?

The March 1999 issue of Mad Magazine advertised parodies of Dharma and Greg and the Waterboy but also included a five-page feature titled "The Special Prosecutor's Official Report on Mister Rogers." Written by Desmond Devlin, this parody was loosely based on the Ken Starr report on the wrong-doings of then-President Bill Clinton. As the opening page says...

"First, megalomaniac Ken Starr hounded the President, his staff, his friends, his former intern and just about everyone else in the Clinton White House, except Socks and Buddy! With that investigation in shambles, the overzealous prosecutor has turned his attention to others who, in his eyes, "threaten" the very foundation of our society! Here's a sneak peek of a confidential report sure to be illegally leaked by Starr and his thugs any day now."

The parody details all of the "illegal" actions of Mister Rogers and his Neighborhood friends including his violation of "Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution by recognizing the royal sovereignty of King Friday XIII within the United States borders" as well as Mr. McFeely's "resemblance" to the Unabomber.

Skipping the details of this parody's text for the sake of any young readers of this blog as well as the overall integrity of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (while I've always enjoyed Mad Magazine, let's face it -- that type of humor isn't for everyone), I wanted share the terrific artwork by Drew Friedman found in this article.