How Vagina Puppets Ruined My Life
For 48 hours, a fan video for the Miami band Jacuzzi Boys took the internet by storm. The video featuring singing vaginas, used as puppets and dressed like various pop icons, amassed almost 700,000 views on YouTube while evading censors, inspiring passionate debate, love or outrage. The girls, dubbed "the Jacuzzi Gals" who created it were asked to do interviews, receiving tons of attention on their blogs/social media. Then suddenly the video disappeared. What happened to the Jacuzzi Gals?
This is the story of how the video and the gals were all created by filmmakers Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, and the nasty battle between them and the band's "indie" record label, how they found themselves receiving strong letters from Warner Bros. lawyers. Issues of intellectual property, fair use, parody/satire, the myth of indie, corporate control of culture, performance art, digital identity, and the future of digital video will all be explored through the scope of musical labial puppetry.
- What was the process of going from a simple video made for friends in a band for $500 to getting into a nasty legal battle with a giant multinational corporation, and why did they care?
- With the abundance of violent and pornographic material easily available on the internet, why was a goofy video that featured nudity so intensely debated and in some cases vilified or inspired proselytization?
- Is the creation of something that is genuinely independent of control from large corporations still possible?
- What (often hilarious and bizarre) tactics did the two filmmakers use to fight the giant company in their quest to get the video seen, and how did the Internet community assist them?
- OMG How did you get the vagina lips to move so nimbly?!?!
Lucas Leyva Borscht Corporation