Beavis and Butt-head Do America

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As a metaphor for the excision of the phallus from the Americanmale due to the increasing economic and political power of the American female, the disappearance of Beavis and Butt-head's television at the beginning of "Beavis and Butt-head Do America" does not fully convey the sense of weakness and vulnerability of today's modern man.

Although director Mike Judge tries to compensate for this error with an emphasis on Beavis and Butt-head's need to "score" (i.e. have sexual intercourse with a female), he is unable to fully explore the wide range of emotions modern man experiences when faced with the weakening of his phallic power. As Beavis and Butt-head attempt to exercise their phallic power upon the wife of a man named "Muddy," Judge takes the coward's way out as he signifies the obfuscation of life without explication.

Judge's inability to come to grips with his own weakening phallic power is represented by his alliterative creations. Certainly Beavis' pal could have just as easily been named Ferdinand or Gustav, offering Judge the opportunity to explore phallic continuities across cultures and time frames. However, the alluringly alliterative title characters betray Judge's intellectual indolence, since alliterations are nothing more than a demonstration of the sociological potency of repetitive marketing, a skill Judge had already fully mastered in antecedent works.

This sonic repetition is mirrored in the film by the recurrence of scenes featuring the appearance and reappearance of the demonic Cornholio. Emerging on a plane and then again at the end of the movie, Beavis' Freudian self, Cornholio, who needs "T.P." (toilet paper) for his "bunghole" (anus), reduces the psychological impact of Judge's film by obscuring phallic concerns with incontinent anal frivolities.

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