For the last week or so, Facebook campaign has asked users to change their profile pictures to a beloved cartoon character from their youth. Some claim it's to bring attention to the plight of abused children. Others - like your humble reporter, who is currently sporting Link from the old Legend of Zelda cartoon - are doing it purely for fun.
Still others claim that the whole thing is really just a dastardly plot by pedophiles to get children to friend them. For the record, it's totally not, but whatever the reason is, some of Houston's most prominent local musicians have joined in the trend.
Here, a few of them explain their choices.
Larry Sanders, guitarist, Kemo for Emo
Cartoon: Rambo from Rambo and the Forces of Freedom
When I was a kid I lived in a not-so-good neighborhood and playing outside was not always an option for me. I found movies to be my salvation. I was introduced to Sylvester Stallone. The first movie I ever remember seeing was Rambo: First Blood Part 2. I was instantly hooked, and to this day it is still my favorite movie.
If you ask my friends or family, I spend more time talking about Sylvester Stallone then I do about myself. I have been a moderator on his fan Web site Stallonezone.com for many years now and my left arm is reserved for a half-sleeve montage of all four Rambo movies.
Basically, Rambo to me is the embodiment of what a true hero is: A man who does not want to fight, but comes to terms with who he is, what he was born to do to help others. He sacrifices his health, mind and sanity to help others. This is a characteristic I myself have adopted because of it.
The character to me is a hero who never wanted to be a hero. The silent soldier who does not look for credit or glory, just to find peace in a world full of chaos and misery. He seems to be an unstoppable force and in the world we live in, escaping reality for two hours here and there is all I need to be motivated to better myself. I miss the days of '80s action stars who actually spent time in the gym.
I own all the knives from the movies. It is my personal obsession. I am not going to lie, when I am home alone, I put on the red headband and put on the knife. As a kid when a Rambo cartoon was made, I was ecstatic. A weekly version of my favorite character and also a toy line!
So I picked Rambo because to me he is who I always strive to be. Put others before myself, not matter the cost to me.
David Sadof , DJ/columnist, Houston Music Examiner
Cartoon: Underdog from Underdog
Underdog was one of my favorites as a kid mostly because of the humor, an obvious parody of Superman. Despite his tendencies to cause collateral damage all around him, Underdog somehow managed to rescue Sweet Polly Purebred every time.
Underdog spoke exclusively in rhyme and I recall repeating the phrase, "The secret compartment of my ring I fill/ With an Underdog Super Energy Pill." I think I even had one of those rings. It was probably at the bottom of a box of General Mills cereal - Underdog's primary sponsor.
Dre Giles, vocalist, The Lotus Effect
Cartoon: Panthro from Thundercats
I chose Panthro because I've always been an [avid]] fan of Thundercats, along with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, there hasn't been a better show on TV. Here you have a feline humanoid alien race that crashed-landed on Third Earth in the distant future, and of all the technologically advanced weapons they could choose for themselves, Panthro's weapon of choice is the nunchunks.
That's just awesome. Plus I'm pretty sure Panthro was secretly banging Cheetara behind Lion-O's back. Then the fact that he was Thundercats' only black character, which means by association he was a Black Panther. That's just some heavy social commentary to be putting in a children's cartoon.
I appreciate the gusto that took. That's why Panthro was my choice.
Kris Krunk, Space City Records
When I was a little kid, he was my favorite cartoon/action-figure character. I probably had every single toy for He-Man imaginable, haha. There was plenty others I could have picked, but he stuck out the most.
Also, the winking He-Man pic is just hilarious.
Chris Vasquez, Skeleton Dick
Cartoon: Venger from Dungeons and Dragons
My picture is of Venger, the force of evil in the realm of Dungeons and Dragons, circa 1983. He was a badass one-horned sorcerer who is impossible to kill, even though he almost got his shit handed to him.
He was voiced by a master, Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime). Dungeons and Dragons was one of the coolest story-having, violent and most overall awesome Saturday-morning cartoons in U.S. History.
Kathryn Hallberg, singer-songwriter
Cartoon: Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons
Well, when I was younger, I used to watch The Simpsons with my dad, and I've always thought Lisa was really sweet and cute.
I also like that she is smart and spunky. It takes a lot of determination to put up with Bart's antics and Homer's foolishness. I'd probably go crazy.
I wasn't going to change my picture at all, because I think that actions are more potent than Facebook fads, but I thought it would be fine for a day...
Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.
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