Oct 2, 2019
Mr. T's Be Somebody ...Or Be Somebody's Fool (1984) (part 1 of 9)
The Cast of Characters:
Mr. T (Himself). Desperately wants you to treat your mother right, stay in school, do jumping jacks every day, learn how to rap, and not be anyone’s fool. Because he pities the fool!
“Kids” (Themselves). No, “kids” isn’t in quotes like in Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, but the idea’s the same. Untalented youths are forced by money-hungry parents into singing, dancing, and hanging out with a mentally unstable celebrity. But this time, instead of Santa Claus, the celebrity is Mr. T!
Okay, so it’s not a B-movie, or really a movie at all, but without a doubt Mr. T’s Be Somebody… Or Be Somebody’s Fool is one of the most horrifying, painful, and shamefully misguided videos to have ever spent time in my VCR. And yet, at the same time, I can’t remember ever being this entertained. Clearly, 100% of the credit for this goes directly to the video’s emcee and main attraction, Mr. T.
When it comes to kitshcy 80’s icons, none is more kitschy than Mr. T (born: Laurence Tureaud). Anyone who grew up in the 80’s has got to have a ton of nostalgic affection for the guy. Seriously, I refuse to believe there’s a single person in my age bracket who doesn’t love Mr. T, and if there is, that person will surely burn in the fires of Hell for all of eternity. Okay, maybe not. But to dislike Mr. T is just plain wrong.