OUTSOURCED MEMES, ROGUE HOLOGRAMS, AND "DISAPPEARING" CAMPERS: CAMP MAGIC MACGUFFIN CONTINUES TO UNRAVEL!!!
In this first of a three-part series, DS106Confidential editor Red Beets unveils key aspects of the mystery behind "Camp" Magic Macguffin.
First, I need to address certain questions regarding Confidential's involvement in this increasingly sordid story. While names can't be named at this point suffice it to say that we were brought into this affair by a very highly-placed and highly-regarded member of the DTLT and DS106 family. I will only use his source nickname "the normal one." He expressed great concern about the direction DS106 has taken this summer and he asked Confidential to "look into" some activities he felt were "highly irregular." We agreed.
Now, the story behind the character CVI felt would become the MagicMacguffin icon, a character that would represent the joy and uninhibted pleasures of a camp MM summer - Slide Guy. The rise and fall of Slide Guy has been covered in these pages. We now bring you the truth behind the meme.
The Slide Guy meme was created in a studio in Mumbai, India. Yes - he was outsourced! Confidential had the opportunity to talk to the actor who portrays Slide Guy, Raj Patel, a figure well known to followers of the Bollywood film industry. Raj is shown below in a shot from his latest film Mumbai Story.
"It was just another meme job, I've done several. They pay well and don't require a great deal of work." Raj stated.
Had he heard of CVI or MagicMacguffin?
"No, my agent deals with all that."
What about the socks?
"Well, that was kind of weird. For some reason they insisted I wear these really...uh...strange, I guess is the word, socks. I questioned it, but the director said it was an absolute, some big guy in the company paying for the meme had a thing about big, bulky white socks and I had to wear them or they'd get someone else. Is it a fetish thing? I don't judge - but they did mail the socks back to the client, I do know that."
What about the scandals involving the Slide Guy meme? Is he worried or concerned?
"Not really, once it leaves the studio I don't think about it anymore. I have a very busy shooting schedule so I don't try to keep up with any of the memes I've done. Some summer camp wanted to interview me as Slide Guy, but, come on, it's a meme, I mean get a life people. I heard they hired someone to imitate me for the interview, but the guy started reading haikus and spouting some philosophy of 'the joy of sliding', give me a break."
Coming up in this series: An interview with the real Alan Levine. How the hologram image was created, how it went rogue, and why Alan is suing CVI! Also - How the recent power outage "erased" so many of the Magic Macguffin "campers", and Martha Burtis - What Happened?