While channelsurfing last night I was surprised to discover not one but two tikis on TV. The first was on a re-run of “The Colbert Report” from February 27. During his monologue, Stephen Colbert brought up a photo of a Moai to poke fun at John Kerry’s rather elongated face:
“Folks, if you watch the news then you know that earlier this month John Kerry was sworn in as Secretary of State….And this past Sunday he embarked on a 10-day, 9-nation marathon that I was surprised to see did not include his homeland of Easter Island.”
An hour or so later I spotted another Moai, this time in a commercial for granola bars, of all things. A girl is sitting on the dock (eating a granola bar) then she jumps in the lake and imagines a wild adventure in which she swims with killer whales (I hadn’t really been paying attention at this point and assumed this was an ad for Sea World). Then she encounters battling pirate ships and finally washes ashore on a beach with this giant Moai nearby. Who knew granola bars could be so magical?
Moai at The Louvre, Paris
Moai at the British Museum London
Tiki on TV: Moai on “Archer”
After the latest disappointing Treehouse of Horrors episode from “The Simpsons,” we needed something to take our minds off the awfulness. Thankfully that arrived soon after when we spotted a bunch of tikis on “American Dad.”
In “Killer Vacation,” which aired on October 7, 2012, the Smith family takes a vacation on an unnamed tropical island, and shenanigans follow. Hayley and Jeff are propositioned by another couple while sipping umbrella and coconut drinks at the poolside bar, complete with bamboo and a tiki mask on the wall.
Harder to miss were the giant blue and red tikis decorating the luau that Roger the alien attends later in the episode. Lots of Party City tiki influence apparent here (even more so in the last picture in this post).
I think somebody that works on this show must be into tiki, since this is the third time we’ve found them and I’m sure there are others that we’ve missed. Check out the tikis on “American Dad” Part One and Part Two to refresh your memory.
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After the Trader Joe’s spoof, I didn’t think I’d be spotting tikis on “The Simpsons” for awhile. But I was proved wrong by the episode “A Totally Fun Thing that Bart Will Never Do Again,” which aired on April 29.
The Simpsons take a family vacation on a cruise, and the ship hosts a South Pacific Pool Party complete with a beachy backdrop, tiki torches and a tiki table centerpiece that looks sort of Mayan to me (though I’m no expert on pre-Columbian sculpture).
Earlier in the episode there’s a musical number with the lyric: “Here Hawaiian shirts are cool; back home, well, not so much,” while later the disgraced cruise director laments, “After this I’ll be lucky to get work on a clothing-optional Jimmy Buffett cruise.” Leave it to “The Simpsons” to go for the clichés. Well, at least they didn’t refer to tiki as tacky.
Tiki on “The Simpsons”: Part Two
Tiki on “The Simpsons”: Part One