Video: Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman

posted at 1:36 pm on December 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

From the network that brought you the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” in the middle of a B&D Super Bowl dance number comes a web promo for the children’s holiday classic Frosty the Snowman. Mediate’s Rachel Sklar can barely contain her disgust at the NSFW promo, which uses the Frosty animation to discuss porn, women’s breasts, and sadomasochism. Maybe CBS should have taken its own advice and left this classic untouched:

Yes that’s right: CBS has taken that favorite holiday classic and defiled it with porn, boobs and a pretty clear reference to crabs.

As a promo for Frosty, airing on Dec. 18th, CBS has recut scenes from the animated favorite into two videos, one with audio from the crass, womanizing Barney from “How I Met Your Mother” and the other from the crass, womanizing Charlie from “Two and a Half Men.” As a result, the videos — while awesomely featuring Mediaite fan fave Neil Patrick Harris (as well as the voice of Charlie Sheen) — trade off a pretty funny result for grownups with a pretty sacriligious result for kids. Who, by the way, presumably know how to Google, and thus an innocent search for “Frosty The Snowman CBS” would lead to multiple page one results for Frosty the Promiscuous Potty-Mouth.

If this was a mash-up by a private citizen that would be one thing, but this is an official promo by the network, linking the holiday classic forever with notions of sex in front of a classroom of people and picking up single mothers in the parking lot of Chuck E. Cheese. Yes, I think it’s funny; no, I don’t think it’s a good idea. Really, CBS?

Yes, unfortunately, really. When I was a teenage Dr. Demento fan, there was a hilarious spoof of the “Frosty” song with drug references, but CBS knew better than to use it as a promo for a children’s holiday special. Which network exec thought this was a bright idea? Looks like the Tiffany Network needs a lump of coal in its stocking this season.

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Not only is it classless, it’s not even funny. I can’t even laugh and then feel bad about it later. There’s literally no purpose for this crap.

amerpundit on December 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

More media malfeasance, I am so sick of these morons.

bbz123 on December 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Nope. Won’t watch it. They mess with my childhood too much already.

mankai on December 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

We must use the proper name for him these days: Frosty the Person of Snow.

JammieWearingFool on December 4, 2009 at 1:40 PM

W. T. F. ?!?

bikermailman on December 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I hear if you get crabs the stuff to kill them is less than frosty feeling. So I hear.

SouthernGent on December 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Maybe CBS should come up with a new holiday special “Les (Moonves), the Perverted Child-Hater”, who wants to take all of the network’s children’s specials and sex them up so that they’re directed at adults who think like CBS executives, and not those annoying little brats who shouldn’t be in Manhattan in the first place.

jon1979 on December 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Ok. So little Johnny in tech class Googles “Frosty the Snowman” for a class Christmas Holiday project. Look what comes in at the top.
“Hello, PR and legal please.”

Trusser13 on December 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Um …. maybe I’ve grown calloused, but this doesn’t even register on my outrage scale.

I mean, it’s stupid, but … meh.

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 4, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Is this just a lapse of taste/judgment or another deconstruction of Christmas memes?

petefrt on December 4, 2009 at 1:46 PM

NSFW, but surely School Czar approved!

red winger on December 4, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Yet somewhere in small town America they still understand the meaning of Christmas. This modern day “It’s A Wonderful Life” was posted on youtube yesterday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSdTfHGD3EQ

Backstory: The man of honor lost his restaurant in a major flood three years ago. A fate he accepted with dignity, not bellyaching about how George Bush done him wrong.

miles on December 4, 2009 at 1:48 PM

This might be funny if I was a fan of the show(s) they took the audio from.

Caiwyn on December 4, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Well, I have to say I thought it was kinda funny in spots. But then I’m a pervert.

Anyway, I think there is a place for adult humor, and as long as this sort of thing is not presented in a context or braodcast that is aimed at kids then I’m not too worried about it. I would hope that it is not played in timeslots on TV where young kids would be likely to see it, and that parents would take some responsibility about what they allow their kids to watch.

Scrappy on December 4, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Take the pipe out of Frosty’s mouth–it causes cancer!

Steve Z on December 4, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Um …. maybe I’ve grown calloused, but this doesn’t even register on my outrage scale.

I mean, it’s stupid, but … meh.

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 4, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Same here, could be my age and the fact that I happen to like How I Met Your Mother, but it’s not flaring up my outragously outraged scale either.

jtownsley on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Hopefully Katie Couric will be sitting her kids down in front of the TV and enjoying this extra-special Christmas “present” brought to them by her employer.

bradley11 on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

We must use the proper name for him these days: Frosty the Person of Snow.

JammieWearingFool on December 4, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Clearly you are being snowaphobic. The preferred expression is Frosty a person who also happens to be made of snow.

John the Libertarian on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Take the pipe out of Frosty’s mouth–it causes cancer!

Steve Z on December 4, 2009 at 1:51 PM

And those two eyes made out of coal. There’s no such thing as clean coal. Joe Biden says so.

Wethal on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

This reminds me of MadisonConservative, in snowman form.

Diane on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Not gonna watch it. Not bitter enough.

spmat on December 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Not only is it classless, it’s not even funny. I can’t even laugh and then feel bad about it later. There’s literally no purpose for this crap.

amerpundit on December 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Really. They must have hired a bunch of 12 year olds to come up with something so lazy, unfunny and just plain stupid.

RadClown on December 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Al Gore’s new movie?

yoda on December 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM

This makes me a sad panda.

Optimus Prime on December 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM

As an actual ad for the show, tasteless. Otherwise, funny.

This reminds me of MadisonConservative, in snowman form.

Diane on December 4, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I don’t smoke pipes.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM

I hear if you get crabs the stuff to kill them is less than frosty feeling. So I hear.

SouthernGent on December 4, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Yeah…I heard that somewhere too… ;)

So wait…this is an actual promo for Frosty? It’s not even some unfunny gag parody from late night TV?

What the heck is America coming to. Is this all part of HopeandChange? And where do I return it…

JetBoy on December 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM

This makes me a sad panda.

Optimus Prime on December 4, 2009 at 1:55 PM

lol!

The one with Neil Patrick Harris was really funny, but should have been featured on a late night talk show, not in an ad promoting a children’s animated special.

darii on December 4, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Reminds me of this totally NSFW link.

MadisonConservative on December 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Isn’t it hard enough to maintain the spirit of Christmas without this stupid attempt at humor?

fourdeucer on December 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM

hmmmmmm…….BORING……not even a chuckle or a snort

Tallman6759 on December 4, 2009 at 2:01 PM

The preferred expression is Frosty a person who also happens to be made of snow.

Actually, I think it’s Frosty – a Snowican-American.

crazy_legs on December 4, 2009 at 2:03 PM

This is the promo for the children’s holiday classic??

What were they smoking?

aikidoka on December 4, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Same here, could be my age and the fact that I happen to like How I Met Your Mother, but it’s not flaring up my outragously outraged scale either.

Same here. Mrs Crazy Legs and I both like HIMYM (and I maintain that Neal Patrick Harris’ character makes the show), so my outrageously outraged meter isn’t even pegged. Some of them were chuckle-worthy, but not full-blown bellylaugh.

crazy_legs on December 4, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I think it’s hilarious. And all things being equal, is this any worse than the continued skewering of the holiday season? No one is using a nativity scene or the Linus’ quoting of the Gospel to shill their sitcoms, so I’m happy.

As little as the Bible actually says about obscenity, people sure do get offended by it.

Spc Steve on December 4, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Let’s show this to all the kids.

/jennings

LibTired on December 4, 2009 at 2:06 PM

As little as the Bible actually says about obscenity, people sure do get offended by it.

Spc Steve on December 4, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Yeah, and what is the deal with that anyway? I swear you can do horrible things in church and people will forgive you if you make even a superficial apology, but God help you if you use a “potty word.”

Weirdest priority system ever.

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 4, 2009 at 2:08 PM

What’s next? Move the carrot down a couple of feet, so a cartoon (as if there’s a difference) version of Katie Couric can shake her more than adequate booty at it?

MNHawk on December 4, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Actually, I think it’s Frosty – a Snowican-American.

crazy_legs on December 4, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Yes, a formidable movement with a formidable leader.

John the Libertarian on December 4, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Charlie Brown’s MLK day is much funnier. It’s on YouTube and Ebaum’s World. Look for Scary Poppins, too.

chunderroad on December 4, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Actually, I think it’s Frosty – a Snowican-American.

crazy_legs on December 4, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Poor Frosty…another victim of global warming.

JetBoy on December 4, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I hate to say it but we have created this monster by watching these hilariously funny but totally tasteless shows on CBS. They know that, no matter how much we complain in the blogs, we’ll be back in front of the tube to watch Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, and Dave Lettermen. There is only one way to change bad behavior … STOP REWARDING IT!

LonelyMassRepublican on December 4, 2009 at 2:13 PM

The Hell with CBS and all others…I have on DVD the Classic’s and so now that I don’t have to watch cbs..period…well..maybe NCIS but that is it….:)

hawkman on December 4, 2009 at 2:16 PM

LonelyMassRepublican on December 4, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Tell Neil Patrick Harris to stop being so funny, and I’ll quit watching. Isn’t Rules of Engagement also on CBS? Patrick Warburton can’t stop being funny, so this could be tough.

Spc Steve on December 4, 2009 at 2:16 PM

What’s next? Move the carrot down a couple of feet, so a cartoon (as if there’s a difference) version of Katie Couric can shake her more than adequate booty at it?

MNHawk on December 4, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Poor Frosty doesn’t have a carrot — he only has a button.

Mary in LA on December 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

waaaaaiit. This is a KID’S PROMO?? I just thought it was an unrelated spoof.

Yeah, if kids are watching this, not good.

Diane on December 4, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Video: Frosty the Inappropriate Snowma

…and here I was thinking some liberal finally noticed the implication of “Happy birthday!”

Count to 10 on December 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

It’s pretty easy to tell which posters have kids.

7pm Central last night covering the penis on ‘Community’ and watching strippers on ‘Parks and Recreation’ at 7:30.

Are there any boundaries anymore? Seriously, anywhere?

doginblack on December 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

He’s an iconic character. They shouldn’t mess with stuff like that.

Narutoboy on December 4, 2009 at 2:25 PM

I wonder why CBS executives think it is funny to have adults expose children to porn? Are there executives at CBS that think they can ‘normalize’ sexual relationships between adults and children? These people have become very twisted in their perversions.

Freddy on December 4, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Easy to tell which posters have kids

doginblack on December 4, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Is there no adult supervision at CBS?

the_souse on December 4, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I think it’s a promo for a kids show aimed at adults telling their kids. Depends on when its aired.

Yes it’s stupid, but I’m still not outraged.

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 4, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Then there’s the mayor of Arlington who had a few less-than-choice things to say about Obama interrupting … A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Mark Boabaca on December 4, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … why is HotAir not posting my comments?!

[Ed replies: I think it has something to do with your URL having a word that throws comments into moderation.]

Mark Boabaca on December 4, 2009 at 2:45 PM

The people at CBS are messed up. Their kids are probably messed up, so they probably figure….let’s mess everyone up.

capejasmine on December 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

What a piece of crap, and not one bit of it is funny! But I am not surprised that the Communist Broadcasting System (CBS) would make such a piece of sh_t.

Confederate on December 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

OMG ED!!! I loved Dr. Demento. The songs were funny and kinda twisted. The one I remember the most was “Dead Puppies Are No Fun”.
I know, I know, seek help.

milwife88 on December 4, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Oh C’mon all you tight wads!! This is harmless fun, and frankly it’s funny. Not appropriate for children, but if parents are letting their kids surf the web unsupervised w/ no content blockers, then more shame on them.
This is much ado about nothing, and certinaly not deserving of a post on HA.
C’mon lighten up and breathe deeply.
Jeesh…

Tom66 on December 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Just watch prime time tv. Heck watch the NFL games. Nothing is off limits and obviously parents are not protesting.

CWforFreedom on December 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

I guess they think this is okay because, after all, Frosty is a balding, middle-aged, fat white guy.

My collie says:

One thing is for certain, viz. they wouldn’t be doing this if Frosty was a tar baby — instead of a snow man.

CyberCipher on December 4, 2009 at 3:07 PM

This entire country is terminally ill and the carriers for the fatal disease are the mainstream media and the government.

rplat on December 4, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Why? Why? Why?

This is just one more example of the culture wars going on right now. You’ve got atheists out there with an ad campaign that essentially trashes Christians. You’ve got CBS using smut to plug Frosty. You’ve got reality show wannabes crashing White House Parties. Where does this all end. Can’t we just agree to let Frosty be Frosty???

Of course, Frosty is white and male so is must be a racist homophobe.

highhopes on December 4, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Is this just a lapse of taste/judgment or another deconstruction of Christmas memes?

petefrt on December 4, 2009 at 1:46 PM

All of the above, and more.

“Frosty” was granted PC public permission for the school kids so that the authoritarians could take that away, as well. They’ve perverted this as the Grinch and Scrooge holiday for warped souls that descend even further into decadently cruel greed rather than find self-realization as charitable beings.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Wow. CBS needs to learn about the term “context”. The jokes on “How I Met your Mother” are funny in that context. But not in the context of a children’s Christmas special.

hawksruleva on December 4, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Just watch prime time tv. Heck watch the NFL games. Nothing is off limits and obviously parents are not protesting.

CWforFreedom on December 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

What’s wrong with NFL games?

hawksruleva on December 4, 2009 at 3:27 PM

There has been a real coarsening of the humor on CBS over the last couple of seasons. They have gone beyond funny, and are now flirting with gross. I hate to sound like a prude, but it’s not appropriate.

There is nothing daring or adventurous about being crude. It’s just vulgar.

I have not watched NBC, CBS or ABC, except for football, in years. I caught some of the dreck on CBS, and concluded that I don’t need to start any time soon.

Haiku Guy on December 4, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Oh C’mon all you tight wads!! –Tom666 child molesting big kid living at home letting mom and dad and Uncle Sammy baby him through his life. And abortions are matters of convenience to Tommy, certainly not life or death. No?

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

This might be funny if I was a fan of the show(s) they took the audio from.

I am and it was. Still, not exactly the best way to prove to the world how “edgy” CBS is. It’s 2009. You’re a big network and have been for 75 years. Get over it.

calbear on December 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Not nearly as funny as Full Metal Jacket Elves.

jdkchem on December 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM

That was just stupid.

GoodBoy on December 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

milwife88 on December 4, 2009 at 2:49 PM

I donated our inherited collection of recordings to The University library archive for reference and late night radio programming.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Haiku Guy on December 4, 2009 at 3:29 PM

CBS and Letterman mugged Frosty’s audience because they could.

maverick muse on December 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

This is someone’s sophmoric attempt at humor. I may have laughed at this when I was in school, but now that I have young, impressionable kids of my own, no way.

Several years ago, my wife and I did a “two-week experiment” of disconnecting the cable. We started playing board games as a family, reading books, going to parks and just hanging out as a family. It was the best thing we ever did, and we really don’t miss TV all that much.

If this crap were on when we had TV, I would have unplugged us from cable. Glad we already did that. You may want to do it as well.

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Dr demento is awesome he had the drive thru bit that cracked me up

bessex on December 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Our culture just got a little coarser.

Mallard T. Drake on December 4, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Where was that audio dub-over from ??

cableguy615 on December 4, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I wonder why CBS executives think it is funny to have adults expose children to porn? Are there executives at CBS that think they can ‘normalize’ sexual relationships between adults and children? These people have become very twisted in their perversions.

Freddy on December 4, 2009 at 2:29 PM

That is exactly what they are pushing for. Check out NAMBA’s rights for children. They want to be able to seduce children. Step one is getting children to associate their sexual desires as normal. Our schools are doing a good job of that. It was no accident nor a suprise that the anti discrimination law included pedophiles.

Now as to this video. As a teacher who has taught second through forth grade,and a parent, I do not find this even close to funny. By any standard you wish to hold it to it is child pornography, in that it shows very young children while expressing devient sexual behavior, it directs a depiction of sexual behavior to a child, it references having sex in front of a classroom of very young children.

This is not appropriate for a classroom, yet it would be the first thing a child would click on as it is at the top of the search result for Frosty the Snowman and Google has found it appropriate to include a picture of Frosty next to it. If the the audio was through speakers, it would at best be an embarrasment to the teacher, and at worse could result in legal concerns for them and or the school district. If the student was wearing headphones the teacher, seeing only seemingly appropriate video might not be aware of what the child was hearing.
Ask yourself, if a school district found this on the teacher’s computer would they not be found to have pornography on their computer? In most districts they would, especially if it was downloaded and saved intentionally. If the child went home and in someway conveyed to their parents that they had watched a video in the classroom that was about devient sexual behavior,especially if they heard that it said something about sex in front of the classroom, what would their reaction be? Mine would result in a meeting the next morning with the teacher in the principal’s office.

CBS may think this is appropriate for distribution as a show on their channel, but having published it to the web and made it highly likely to be accessed by a child constitutes a crime. Those responsible for its creation and distribution on the web should be prosecuted under the child pornography laws.

Franklyn on December 4, 2009 at 7:19 PM

if it wasn’t a promo for the show itself, it would be funny as hell.
I got a laugh or two out of it.

Pcoop on December 4, 2009 at 10:16 PM

I am pleased to learn Ed was a fellow Dr. Demento fan. :)

acasilaco on December 4, 2009 at 10:22 PM

WTF was that?

Big John on December 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I tried to like it. But failed.

Greek Fire on December 4, 2009 at 11:09 PM

I guess I’m a bad mom. I thought it was kind of funny. But then I thought this was funny too…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-S8v-17LK8

And this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ3Gm-JlESc

All of this stuff is out there for kids to find if they aren’t supervised online – and I’m sure it would get through some sort of child-safe filter too.

Almost forgot this one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Of_mna-Rs

Candy Slice on December 5, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Hollywood does this all the time. Bite me Will Ferrell.

– The Cat

MirCat on December 5, 2009 at 10:36 PM