I Love You, You Hate Me reveals Barney’s dark side, from tantric sex to attempted murder

Hating Barney was, and still is, too easy I love you you hate me– New two-part documentary series on Peacock (October 12th) on the famous purple dinosaur – it blue guides Host Steve Burns Who deservedly diagnoses our motive for personal hatred. In his view, humans innately enjoy ripping apart things that cannot be held back, and in this case, this was exacerbated by the fact that Barney—unlike, say, population Sesame StreetHe was always supernaturally cheerful, healthy and optimistic. Rather than struggle with complicated emotions, Barney was a stately, sunshine figure who imagined a world where love and acceptance were everywhere, and family was a unit you could always count on. Those lessons have had a profound resonance with young children who are affected by the events. But for the cynical adults living in the real world, they were too much sugary mush intolerable.

Directed by Tommy Avalon, I love you you hate me It won’t make you feel bad about being driven crazy by Barney, but it does cast such feelings into context – and thus, makes the real “Barney Bashers” seem more than a pathetic boy. Video of an event at the University of Nebraska in the ’90s where college guys smash dolls and get into a fight in which Barney gets beaten up. by Big Bird (The Organizer’s childhood favorite) is watching fragile masculinity at its best, and it lends credence to the idea that part of what made Barney lose himself is that he represents a softness that contrasts with the aggressive masculinity of the decade. It’s just a small step from there to theorize that Barney – a lovable giant purple creature that calls for tolerance and affection – was threatening because he appeared to be gay, although as in most other cases, the documentaries put up the idea but don’t actually investigate it in an in-depth way.

I love you you hate me Features interviews with a wide range of men and women associated with them Barney and friends, the preschool television sensation that ran from 1992 to 2010, but the two most discussed and visibly lost are creator Sheryl Leach and her son Patrick. Inspired to create entertainment that would appeal to her then-two-year-old son, Cheryl dreamed of Barney, who would quickly become a VHS — and then PBS — crush. In the ’90s and 2000s, Barney was a ubiquitous presence known for his goofy voice (addressed by Bob West), cheerful body language (via performer David Joyner) and his feel-good messages. Several individuals recount their experiences with the show, including some of its teen stars (Pia Hamilton, Lea Montes, Hope Cervantes, Ricky Carter) as well as a die-hard fan Andrew Olsen, who tells much of Cheryl’s story in her absence, and their comments about the normality of continuing In love with Barney as an adult, it will likely shock some as unconvincing at best and weird at worst.

I love you you hate me He enjoys the hatred that many have felt – and still feel – for Barney, along with the fun. Saturday Night Live And the Animaniacs Bit , Director Avalon talks with some of the main culprits. Rob Curran started a newsletter titled “The I Hate Barney Secret Society” to unite some of his fellow anti-Barneys, and Sean Brin was a member and eventual leader of the online role-playing group known as The Jihad to Destroy Barney.” Even if this behavior, in the case of the former, was I might drop it DonahueNo one comes close to justifying his anger, and the archival clips of people slandering Barney are more sad than amusing. At least Brin is aware that the hostility he promotes online against Barney may have been a predecessor to 4chan and QAnon—a notion linked to former neo-Nazi-turned-hate activist comments that disliking Barney is just another form of disdain for “the Other.”

There’s also a healthy dose of scandal in I love you you hate me. Several interviewees discussed the toll Barney’s popularity had taken on Patrick, culminating with himshouting at his neighbor through his chest On January 9, 2013, due to a trespassing dispute, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison (he served five). Everyone agrees that Patrick experienced cruelty as the boy who was indirectly responsible for Barney (with whom he had to compete for attention at home), as well as the fear of a benign brain tumor, his parents’ divorce, and his father’s suicide. . That’s not so much saucy as it is sad, and so it’s no surprise that neither Patrick nor Cheryl would want to reconsider the tragic consequences of Barney’s success for viewers.

Several interviewees discussed the toll Barney’s popularity had taken on Patrick, culminating in his neighbor being shot through the chest on January 9, 2013, due to a trespassing dispute, and receiving fifteen years behind bars (he served five).

Probably the strangest moment I love you you hate me It is the revelation that original Barney actor Joyner is a “tantric energy healer” who began studying the practice in 1990, and who now helps “the gods reconnect with their sexual energy on a spiritual level.” While Joyner says sexual energy is for physical gratification and spiritual transcendence, he admits that he has sex with some of his clients—a somewhat eye-opening thread that could use further exploration. As per usual, director Avalon skips it as fast as he does nearly every other angle of interest, keeping the fleet physically but superficial, and relies on a wealth of archival material (backstage and rehearsal footage, early concept sketches, performance clips, photos, and newsletters) to keep his energy going. thriving.

Unlike that, I love you you hate me Provides a superficial summary of the rise and fall Barney and friends, minus any real details about why the show went its way. One is left to assume that the kids are simply tired of Barney’s trick, despite the fact that all participants constantly talk about his incredible charisma with the younger group, to which he is magically spoken unparalleled by a few modern fictional characters. The only takeaway from Avallone’s two-part docuseries is that a lot of people have good reason to hate Barney, but only to a slight degree, at which point their anger said a lot more about them than it did about the character and his peace-and-spirit of love. Then again, with open sympathy hate now the norm in many corners of contemporary America, perhaps Barney’s story is in fact less culturally relevant than the preface to this day.

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