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March 31, 2010

Teddy Bears and Vampires

We have basic cable at our house, mostly because we don't see the need to own the biggest cable package known to mankind. Somehow we manage to get a few obscure channels in this basic deal including MTV2, which plays popular music videos in the wee hours of the morning.

Those of you who are exceptionally perceptive may have noticed that most of my posting occurs very late at night or in the early morning, after Jonathan and Nathaniel are asleep. And to keep myself company, I occasionally have the TV on in the background.

As I was typing away last night, I was half-listening to the music videos that were playing when I heard the song 'Uprising' by the band Muse. Because I am a closet Muse fan, I leapt out of my chair and raced over to the TV. ONLY TO BE GREETED BY THE SITE OF EVIL, VAMPIRISTIC TEDDY BEARS.

Of course, since I only saw part of the music video, I was forced to go back and watch it in its entirety online. And it was equally creepy the second time around.

For those of you who haven't seen the video (and aren't calling it up via Google right now), it contains images of giant, villainous teddy bears walking around a model city a la Godzilla and wreaking havoc.

Although the song itself is meant to be a social statement based on the G20 protests which took place last year, I was left feeling more than a little unsettled. Because of the teddy bears. But, according to Muse, that was the point. 'Uprising' is meant to convey the idea of trust that was broken. And what conveys that message better than the juxtaposition of a symbol of childhood trust with mayhem?

Nathaniel has a small herd of teddy bears strewn across his room. But after seeing that video, I'm going to be giving them a little extra space for the next few days.


  1. I have to agree... for a truely motivating and inspiring song the clip is rather disturbing.

  2. Personally, I think the worst part is when you see the bear with the glowing red eyes. Or maybe the bear with the fangs. [Shudders]