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Who Knew the Letter U Was So… Rapey?

July 16, 2010


As much as I personally dislike/fear Smokey Robinson, I really don’t think he deserved to be treated this way.  NO MEANS NO!

If you’re old enough to be annoyed by hipsters, you’re old enough to remember and fully appreciate classic Sesame Street.  If this is you, then you should remember Smokey Robinson performing his hit “You Really Got a Hold on Me” as he taught little children the dangers of getting involved with fatal attraction-ass vowels.

This has always been one of my favorite sesame street memories, but you know what?  Looking back… this is really creepy.  This U has some therapy-grade attachment issues and poor Smokey should really STFU with all the singin’ & make friends with a 911 dispatch operator.  This is a PROBLEM!  He’s being stalked!  Relentlessly!  I mean, let’s walk through the different levels of disturbing, shall we?

0:35 – The first official unwanted physical contact.

0:57 – Just to clear the air and banish any possibility that this cld simply be a ‘no means yes’ situation, Smokey tells everybody plainly, “Bein’ grabbed by a letter is unappealin.”  Translation:  “These are all bad touches.”

1:10 – Smokey literally & physically has to guard his crotch against the looming invasion.

1:23 – Yo, this thing really wants Smokey’s balls.

1:48 – Assault.

1:54 – Battery.


2:38 – Full out, unabashed, unashamed, hardcore, full pursuit, “if i cant have you, nobody can” style stalking.

3:06 – Lesson learned:  Persistence and tireless stalking pays off.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 6:10 pm

    This video disturbed my toddler-self greatly.

  2. Lite Bread permalink
    July 16, 2010 7:51 pm

    Ms. Brokey,
    Two things here.
    Did Ol’ Smokey EVA’ look young? At any time? I swear he looks the same … for 100 years.
    Is there some deep, dirty, subliminal message in the Shape of that, uh, “letter” used in the context of the song and video?

  3. India permalink
    July 20, 2010 12:43 am

    Oh wow!!! Sesame street really? I used to love this song and i used to have great respect for smokey. smdh!

  4. July 28, 2010 3:16 pm

    I thought this was funny as a kid. Everytime I hear that song, I think of this Sesame Street clip.

    I am just glad the other vowels didn’t try to jump him.

    He would have needed some miracles to get out of that jam.

  5. July 30, 2010 3:35 pm

    U ain’t got nothing on this guy from the So You Think You Can Dance tryouts.

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