I’m sure that in the past, I have written about 2 Girls 1 Cup. But during my Thanksgiving trip, the subject came up, as I will discuss shortly. I have, for the first time, done a bit of research on the video. That is to say, I looked at the Wikipedia page on it, because that is about as close as I ever want to get to it. For those who may not know, it is a short film featuring two young women who apparently defecate into a cup (glass, actually), drink it, and vomit it back into the other’s mouth.
I was introduced to it by some young men I worked with at a startup. They really wanted to show it to me — as was quite common at the time (late 2007 — when it was still fairly new). I asked them, “Is it scatological?” That was said right as the video started. One of them said, “What is ‘scatological’?” At that point, one of the young women defecated into a glass. I immediately stood up and as I walked away, I said, “That is ‘scatological’!” So I only saw the first few seconds of it. The young men filled me in on the complete narrative later.
It turns out that the video itself is just the trailer for an hour long Brazilian fetish porn film called, Hungry Bitches. There has been much discussion over the years as to exactly how “real” the whole thing is. One thing I noticed in my brief encounter with it was that the feces of the one woman was either fake or she was very ill indeed. The porn industry seems to have perfected the art of the enema, so I don’t actually have much difficulty seeing how the whole thing could be faked. Clearly doing any of that is something that would be truly disgusting for a normal person, but for a professional, well, whatever.
(It is worth noting that I know a few people who are what we might call connoisseurs of pornography in its many forms. When I asked them about the video, they were lackadaisical about it. 2 Girls 1 Cup is not at all a new thing. Similar films have been around since at least the early 90s. So this particular video becoming a big deal is due to the vagaries of society — most especially the recent proliferation of video streaming services.)
What I learned last week is that there is a genre of videos which record people’s reactions to 2 Girls 1 Cup. Clearly, there are people who find scatological material erotic. It’s a small percentage of the population, surely. But human sexuality is broad. And I am not one to judge when it comes to such matters. But clearly, the video did not go viral because people found it titillating; it went viral because people found it disgusting. So shooting people’s reactions to the video was quite normal. I haven’t actually seen any of them, because even that is too close to the original.
Hungry Bitches was released in January of 2007. According to Wikipedia, “Around mid-October 2007, video-sharing sites including YouTube were flooded with videos depicting others’ reactions to watching the video for the first time.” By mid-November, comedian Adam Ray came up with his own scripted version, Kermit the Frog Reacts to 2 Girls 1 Cup. I actually hate the idea. Kermit is a hero of mine. But I did check it out. (Note: it has some foul language.)
There are a number of things that impress me. One is that the puppetry is rather good. The voice isn’t bad, until it gets too loud and outraged. And Adam Ray is the kind of comic who pushes jokes too far. He doesn’t allow the joke to end with the appearance of the hand lotion. Instead, we get Kermit masturbating under the table. Is it pedantic of me to note that frogs do not have penises but rather cloacae? Probably so, but it is something of a matter of honor.
Following this two weeks later, Ray released, Kermit Shows Rowlf the Dog 2 Girls 1 Cup. It is the better of the two. (Note: it has some foul language.)
Again, I think Ray pushes the joke far past its breaking point. All he needs to do is note that Rowlf is, in fact, a dog. But it works. I think they both do, and they are creative. It’s all rather interesting. The producer of Hungry Bitches, Marco Antônio Fiorito, even said in an official declaration, “I have already made fetish movies with scat/feces using chocolate instead of feces. Many actors make scat films but they don’t agree to eat feces.” That’s a lot of creativity to create the fantasy that some people desire. I respect that. But I hope the subject never comes up again in my life.