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Sgt. Slaughter G.I. Joe Commercial

I love how they tried to give Sgt. Slaughter a theme song specifically for this commercial.

In spite of their efforts, I’m sorry, but no matter how much love and enthusiasm you put into it, lyrics like “Sgt. Slaughter is noooooow a part of G.I. Joe!” come across as flat out lazy.

Lazy and hilarious.

Oh well, any Slaughter is good Slaughter, especially when it comes to cheesy action figures.

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And Now, Serpentor Making A Fool Of Himself.

Yeeeeeaaaah…… So, Serpentor was kind of lame.

In case you don’t remember, Serpentor was the self-proclaimed emperor of the villainous Cobra faction in GI Joe.

Intended to be a replacement for the comically inept Cobra Commander, Serpentor was created from the DNA of countless great conquerors and rulers throughout history.

This had the unfortunate side-effect of giving him a strange tendency to speak almost exclusively in “commands,” leading to rampant use of the phrase “This, I Command!”

As you might’ve guessed, this could get annoying, and more than a little tedious at times:

Anyway, we should probably move on to explaining the retarded-ness of the clip at the top of this post.

Despite what you might think, the clip of Serpentor screaming “Cobra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!” is actually taken directly from the GI Joe movie.

I’m not kidding.

That means Serpentor’s voice actor, Richard Gautier; was asked to come into the studio, and yell “Cobra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!” into the microphone, most likely for a half an hour straight.

All I can say is, I hope he got paid.

As dumb as that seems, (and sounds) it’s perhaps even sadder to think that the whole “Cobra-la” thing sounds eerily like a riff on the now infamous Arabic battle cry:

A cheap laugh, but a good one nonetheless.

Anyway, you know what I mean.

I have no way of confirming my suspicions, but due to the US and Middle Eastern tensions of the day, (Sgt. Slaughter was only a few years away from his dramatic heel-turn) I’d assume this was the case.

That being said, I always thought this was really fucking stupid.

Here’s hoping you agree with me.

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