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Lemon Party

December 15, 2007

For those that don’t know, lemonparty.org is a disturbing single image website with a shot of three guys in their seventies having a gay orgy.  Similar to the now defunct goatse & tubgirl (check the wikipedia, but don’t Google Image Search unless you want to be visually disturbed and/or aroused), it’s a “shock site” that unscrupulous people try to dupe their friends into seeing.  Which is why it was so awesomely subversive to see it referenced on this week’s 30 Rock, far & away the funniest show on TV these days.  The main character, Tina Fey’s “Liz Lemon” has visiting parents, and her dad Richard at one point says “it wouldn’t be a Lemon party without Old Dick!” 

The best thing about the reference wasn’t just seeing an internet meme mentioned on TV, which is far from original, or even just the fact that a prime time major network show made reference to a gay orgy website, but the degree to which it was worked in.  For those in the know, it was a really risque joke, and yet for those who didn’t, it flew right by without even seeming awkward or out of place with the other dialogue.  30 Rock has a bit of a tradition of rewarding niche/nerd audiences with Tivo-esque single frame jokes, etc, but this was really subversive & funny.  What’s perhaps best of all is that a quick check of the YouTube reveals that this is second Lemon Party reference on 30 Rock.  One of their writers is having a great time, or rather was, until they all went on Strike.

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7 comments

  1. Yeah, well let’s see them work in “tubgirl”. Then I ‘ll be impressed.

    Actually, I am a huge fan of the show. I am glad they haven’t worked in tubgirl.


  2. Strangely enough, I learned of all these disgusting things either from Jonson blog or a direct IM from you when I least expected.

    Thanks to you my faith in humans has been crippled forever.


  3. Long live Neg!


  4. I thought this stuff was called strag? Is that a late-90’s internet term?

    also- these old guys in the orgy… they aren’t Nazis, are they?


  5. Where on earth do you find this shit?


  6. I was watching that episode and I remember the quote, but I had no idea it was such a porno reference. Maybe you are just a perv.


  7. ewwwww!! I just looked.



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