Sorry the delay in posting. After promising I’d get around to doing video posts, I figured I’d best do one. It took me a bit longer than I’d expected to get the graphics and such animated after I had Chareva draw them for me. Amazing how much After-Effects knowledge I’ve forgotten just since finishing Fat Head Kids.
Before shooting, I also decided to order a small, pop-up green screen that doesn’t require me to clear the furniture from a room to set up. Then I decided to do myself a huge favor and order a teleprompter so I don’t have to memorize my scripts. I found a small one that uses an iPhone as the source for the scrolling text. Dang, I love in living an age where all this stuff is available and affordable for us home-studio types.
Anyway, I got one done. I’m aware that Keto Crotch is like sooooo March 2019 and it’s already April. Well, I wrote the script a few weeks ago and just got episode done for the reasons mentioned above. I’ll try to be more timely in the future.
Someone asked if I’d post transcripts. I’ll post what I say in the videos, since I write a script before recording. I don’t have the time or desire to type out dialog from the embedded video clips.
Hello, I’m Tom Naughton and this is the Fat Head Report.
Well, the people I refer to as the save the grains campaign reached a new low recently in their never-ending efforts to scare us away from low carbohydrate diets.
Over the years they’ve tried telling us that giving up bread and cereal and pasta will make us fat … or give us heart disease .. or give us cancer.
Well that obviously didn’t work because now they’re telling us that giving up carbohydates will make your privates .. smell bad.
No, not those privates. These privates.
All of sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, there were all these stories about something called Keto Crotch. Which apparently is like really bad breath, only … lower.
And in case you didn’t get the concept, the came up with helpful graphics like these.
And this one, people, I mean seriously?
So what’s going on here? Is this a real thing, or are we seeing an Astroturf campaign? Let’s look at a piece of a TED talk given by a former CBS reporter named Sharryl Atkinson explaining what an AstroTurf campaign is.
So an Astroturf campaign often begins with special interests paying people to put out a message on social media.
And if you look at all these news articles about keto crotch what’s their source? it’s people posting on social media!
This rather disgusting article in the New York Post tells us that keto crotch is a hot topic on message boards, and Twitter.
This site for vegans ran an article saying keto crotch is yet another reason to give up meat – surprise – and what was their source? Once again it was social media.
Probably people being paid to talk about keto crotch on social media.
Here’s part of a different speech by the same former CBS reporter how to spot fake news:
The same stories, using the same sources, even using the same phrases … like keto crotch. Not to mention using basically the same graphics.
A guy on Twitter named John Zahorik listed all these media outlets that ran a story on keto crotch all in the same week.
Does anybody think all these reporters just happened to stumble on the same story at the same time?
Or does this look more like a PR campaign designed to scare people away from low-carbohydrate diets?
And who would design a campaign like that anyway? Now the truth is, and I want to be clear about this, we don’t know.
But as John Zahorik pointed on out Twitter, the Barilla Pasta company and Weight Watchers both use the same gigantic PR firm.
Now you can guess why a pasta company wouldn’t want people cutting back on carbohydrates.
And as for Weight Watchers, how do you think the popularity of the ketogenic diet as affecting them?
Yes, of course Weight Watchers is getting killed by keto. Because Weight Watchers is still pushing the same low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet that a whole lot of us tried over and over and found it simply doesn’t work.
So maybe the big P.R. firm for Weight Watchers and Barilla pasta was behind “keto crotch.” Or maybe not. I don’t know. But I do know something here stinks.
And it’s not your privates.