Zombies Are the New Black

June 7, 2012

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Guest Writer Monday I started a several week series. I will be writing about my reflections on a variety of more serious topics. While I am working on these posts, I can’t leave my readers without some humor. So to lighten things up around here, I have Brandon from My Own Private Idaho as guest writer today. He writes about his experiences as a Californian living in Idaho on his blog as well as some random musings. It’s enlightening and hilarious. After you read about zombies here, go visit Brandon’s blog, follow him on Twitter, and friend him at Studio30 Plus.



Zombies are everywhere these days; in the news, on the internet, and heavily in pop culture.

In fact, it’s probably safe to say that Zombies are the new ‘in’ thing right now.  With Halloween only a few months away, now would be the time for investors to look into Zombie-makeup futures.

Zombies are the subject of popular TV Shows.

Zombies are the main antagonists in many video games.

Thanks to a face-eating Floridian, Zombies have also been a hot topic in the news as well…

Zombies are even becoming somewhat of a fashion staple.  Zombie panty hose, anyone??

My local Idaho coffee shop even has a drink special called “The Cure for Zombies.”  The drink consists of four shots of espresso in a cinnamon-chocolate latte.  If you’re feeling a little undead, this drink will fix you up (and ruin your kidneys).

Sadly, it didn’t take very long for PR Agencies and Marketing Directors to notice this trend.  Now, major corporations are trying to figure out how to ‘ride the zombie wave’ and make some money.

Zombie FordRecently on Google+, Ford Motor Company started an ad campaign, hailing their F150 SVT Raptor trucks as “The vehicle you want to own when the zombie apocalypse occurs.”


The article talks about how easily you can jump in and out of the seat (in case of dodging zombie waves) and explains how the truck, at its core, is a ‘killing machine.’  Hmpf.  Unless it comes with extra storage compartments for rations and killing-implements, I don’t I would call it Zomb-pocalypse worthy.

(Besides, gasoline would be in short supply after a while… wouldn’t you want a gas-sipper and not a large truck?  Am I over-analyzing this too much?)

So like most trends, when will Zombies officially ‘jump the shark’ and be uncool again?  (And why hasn’t anyone made a zombie-jumping-a-shark t-shirt???)

Is it when Zombies start making more appearances on Saturday Night Live, a-la Miley Cyrus or Insane Clown Posse?

Is it when Samuel L Jackson stars in a “Zombies Ate My Momma” movie?

Zombies and Samuel L Jackson

Will it be when Zombies become more of a Staple on shows like True Blood or Game of Thro—

Oh wait, Zombies are already in Game of Thrones

Well, for now, Zombies are still considered cool.  Movie Classics like Dawn of the Dead (and Shawn of the Dead) are being shown on TV and being rented at alarming rates.  Bloggers EVERYWHERE are writing about Zombies, making books about Zombie Housewives, and discussing Zombie tattoos.  It’s an ‘in’ topic, search engine GOLD, and will (sadly) make this so-so post extremely popular on Naked Girl’s blog.

As for me, I’m just not all that into the Zombie Culture.  It just seems silly to me.  Science Fiction nonsense.  Completely ridiculous, even absurd.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to get in line to be one of the first to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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Classic NYer June 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

The thing is that people identify with zombies. You can’t really identify with a werewolf if you don’t have a temper issue. You can’t really identify with a vampire if you don’t have a fetishy sex life. But a zombie? Everyone who has ever had a job knows a little bit about stumbling about half concious looking for some brains to eat… and/or a quadruple shot of espresso.
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Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Highly relatable. Great point, Classic NYer. I can relate to zombies more than Anastasia Steele (50 Shades of Grey protagonist).


Brandon June 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hooray, thanks for having me here!

It’s always nice to write for a legitimate blog every now and then… :D
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Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I love having you and your zombie finger image. Love that picture!


Lady Estrogen June 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Wait. Zombie Tattoos? That shit just wouldn’t be pretty – new or in 40 years. Yuck.

Nice to see you out and about, Lost – although I don’t know if you’d really make the “best” naked girl. Sorry ;)


Brandon June 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I don’t know if I make the “best” naked girl, but I am enjoying it. Oddly surprised I haven’t spent all day in front of a mirror, admiring myself…
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Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Of course you are not the best “naked girl!” I AM. Hello!?!


Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Zombie tattoos on an old person in the future: SCARY! I am shuddering at the thought.


Hey Monkey Butt June 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Idaho knows I love some ZOmbies, so I’m loving this post and that picture of the fingers. toooooo cute! :)
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Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I love that I invite Brandon to write and people named Hey Monkey Butt show up to comment. That’s awesome.


Sheila June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Zombies make me shudder. You just can’t kill them sometimes. Now I have started watching The Walking Dead. One of my guilty pleasures and I love that show. Can’t wait for the fall season to start. I still don’t like zombies though and definitely no zombie tattoo, eeewwww. I wouldn’t want something dead on me.


Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I can’t even click on Brandon’s zombie tattoo link because I know I will fail at unseeing whatever horrible image awaits me.


Tony Van Helsing June 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Advertising a truck as a killing machine may come back to bite them on the arse when someone gets run over and killed by one.


Brandon June 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

It’s the perfect excuse for the driver. “Honest, officer, it was the truck! It’s a killing machine, and thought that troop of Girl Scouts was a zombie horde!”
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Autumforest June 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thanks for the shout out for Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse. We started writing it last summer when zombies weren’t all that hot yet, but we knew the concept of 1950s housewives turned zombie and still living their suburban life was a great social statement. Hell, all the cell phone addicts out there make a great case for zombies.


Naked Girl in a Dress June 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Look at you….totally ahead of the curve!


Brandon June 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

When talking about Zombies or anything paranormal, you are one of the first on my reference list.

If you like Zombeez, go buy her book!
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Corey Feldman June 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I don’t understand the zombie appeal. Never worked for me. I can see how the white walkers might be considered zombies, but they don’t seem as mindless somehow.
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Kat June 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

That is unbelievable about the car ad riding the zombie wave. I think that zombies are one of those things that is just going to be around. Thanks to the interbutz we are more aware of it, but much like vampires, every generation has a bit of the zombie craze.


Brandon June 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

It seems like Zombies wax and wane fairly often. Huge in the late 70’s, replaced by werewolves in the 80’s, vampires in the 90’s and 00’s, and back again in the 10’s…

Go fig. They’ve risen again…
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Q June 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I absolutely hate zombies. Out of all of the horror monsters I’ve seen in my 40 years on this planet, zombies suck the most to me. I’ve never understood how they can eat someone and then that person gets up and starts eating other people. Vampires were always cool (until “Twilight”). Werewolves are the truth, too. I’ll even put up with a slow-walking Frankenstein before I’ll accept zombies. Now with people eating other people showing up in the news every other day, I’m afraid that I’m going to have to deal with some zombie-acting fool personally some day. (Sigh) (loads shotgun)
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Brandon June 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Bats, Q. Not a shotgun. They’re much more fun.
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Nellie Vaughn June 8, 2012 at 6:33 am

I am not a fan of zombies, and I wish all this would stop. These people on the news are are just cannibals. That’s it. Nothing more.


Brandon June 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Zombies cannot be stopped until Farmville and Stumbleupon go away. They’re breeding grounds for the undead…
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Amy June 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

I feel ya, Ophelia. That last shot at the season ender of Game of Thrones an I immediately said “Holy shit! They managed to get zombies into this show, too???”
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