A Classic-ish Piece of Pop Culture About Affordable Housing


Apparently in the ’90s, you could get major studio backing for a musical comedy film about reclaiming empty city lots with community gardens, rent-controlled apartments marked for teardown to make room for prisons, and singing cockroaches.

Check out what Wikipedia has to say about this made-for-MTV movie:

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The Dave Chappelle link is purple because I clicked on it to make sure it was that Dave Chappelle. It is.

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Okay, what other films’ wikipedia pages include directions to “see landlord harassment”?!?!?!

Also, in case you missed it, a pair of brothers in this are named Vlad and Jesus.

Now, I have a lifelong complete terror of cockroaches, and I still endorse this movie even after watching part of it. I checked out a clip on YouTube to test it to see how things went for my stomach, its contents, my life, etc., and somehow I made it through.

So in case your curiosity is piqued and you’d like to dip your feelers into this mess, here’s a scene from the movie, a song called “Funky Towel.” In this representative clip, a group of cockroaches sing a funk song about a towel.

If you enjoy this, YouTube will be happy to suggest more scenes from this film, including a ballad about garbage, a do-si-do number featuring a cat rodeo, a Gospel song called “The Healer Touched My Feeler,” and the original short the film was based on.


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