June 5th, 2012
The Watchtower Society is releasing a four-part DVD called “Become Jehovah’s Friend” at the 2012 summer District Conventions. As with many new releases, within hours of its first distribution on June 26th, active Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower critics had posted all of the DVD’s segments on YouTube.com.
Within days the Watchtower filed copyright infringement complaints, obligating YouTube.com to take most of them down and send warning notices to the original posters.
During a 2012 District Assembly in Oregon USA, the speaker announcing the new release repeatedly emphasized that this DVD’s videos are not about entertaining Jehovah’s Witnesses’ children, but rather to “inculcate them.” -Deut. 6:6,7.
After seeing these videos, ask yourself if you really want the Watchtower Society inculcating your children.
in·cul·cate [in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt] Show IPA
verb (used with object), in·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing.
1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition;
teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in ): to inculcate virtue in the young.
2. to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with ):
Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.
New humorous versions and extended critical commentaries went up on YouTube almost overnight. Since the law allows for “fair use” of copyrighted material when used in satire, parody, commentary, or criticism, that’s exactly what happened. Within days, it was almost impossible to see the original Watchtower versions, but there was a virtual smorgasbord of both hilarious and severely critical versions of elements of the DVD widely available and accessible.
Rather than offer my own commentary on the quality, competence, or logic of the original DVD at this time, I will instead provide you with some excellent examples of modified versions. I’m sure that some of these adaptations will be keeping the Governing Body Awake! at night for the next few months. The brothers at Bethel who actually wrote the scripts and prepped the visuals will probably be getting missionary assignments in remote villages in Borneo or as Special Pioneers in Somalia.
Thanks to “John Cedars,” “KingdomHallOfJWs,” “JehovahsWatch Tower,” and “Cumbuskenisawesome” for their hard work and quirky humor.