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Feb 00

So What IS a Monkey-owner?

Continuations from that Buffy article (see Thursday):

Monkey business: our place or yours?
Does this say something about the proliferation of PC and not-so-PC terms and new vernacular? Or something about SIT readers? Or maybe about the level of smut and innuendo which has been known to pass across this page? Whatever it is, yesterday’s piece on the new sexual orientation of a main character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer prompted quite a few inquiries. Specifically, readers were intrigued by Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s explanation beginning with “Yes, Willow is becoming a monkey owner”. What is a monkey owner, they asked, clearly suspicious that this was one of those new terms they should know about. We thought it was just a joke, so we can’t help. Maybe some of you can point us in the right direction. Write, e-mail or call us with your definition/explanation of a “monkey owner”. The best suggestion may well earn a prize. [source]

If you pay peanuts, you get …
Yesterday we asked for definitions of “monkey owner” – as used by Buffy creator Joss Whedon when talking about the show’s lesbian sub-plot … given so many readers assumed a double or triple meaning. We will run the best ones next week (so e-mail or fax your ideas in today), but here’s one from Nicole Webb of Impact Communications. “We got onto the only person who would know the answer to your question … Tim Scott, the editor at the Picture magazine (our client!). He says the answer is `quite obviously an organ grinder’ (makes sense now, huh?)” Nicole, this may be true, or it may say more about your client than is safe to know. [source]

Come on… someone’s gotta know. This is the e/n community we’re talking about after all…