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The Writer's Barely-Disguised Fetish

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About

The Writer's Barely-Disguised Fetish is a reaction image based on a running gag from the opening credits of the 1980s sitcom Police Squad!. Created by a gimmick Tumblr account, the reaction image has since been used to react to the instances of writers presumably inserting their fetishes into films, shows and video games.

Origin

In the opening credits of the Police Squad! television series, a running gag is a mismatch between the name of the episode read by the narrator and the one that appears on the screen (compilation video shown below).



On November 23rd, 2018, Tumblr[1] gimmick account tonights-episode dedicated to the gag posted an edit reading, "Tonight's episode: the writer's barely-disguised fetish." The post received over 85,000 likes and reblogs in four years (shown below).


POLICE STATION OLC LKE tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH tonights-episode.tumblr.com

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The image has been used as a reaction to instances of video game and TV writers presumably inserting their fetishes into their writing at least since late 2020. For example, on December 13th, 2020, Twitter[2] user @BitchyAmi used it as a reaction to official character art from the mobile video game Granblue Fantasy (shown below, left). On January 21st, Twitter[3] user @seinfelddahog used the phrase to comment on writing in the 2021 Fallout: New Vegas mod in a tweet that gained over 320 retweets and 2,800 likes in two years (shown below, right).


Kawashima Ami @BitchyAmi #granblue POLICE STATION tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH シャトラ CV: BARR Granblue EN (Unofficial) @granblue_en - Dec 13, 2020 The next Zodiac, Caundhula: Show this thread PARE RANBLUE FANTASY 8:05 AM - Dec 13, 2020 - Twitter for Android tonights-episode.tumblr.com OCygames, Inc. Seinfelds of the lambs @seinfelddahog Haven't played Fallout Frontier yet but I am absolutely astounded by this one character just being a surrogate for the writers barely-disguised fetishes The last of her spirit broken by the Courier, America became a villing slave to her new master. She did anything asked of her Anything to earn a few drops of affection, anything to keep depression from swallowing her whole. 8:31 AM Jan 21, 2021. Twitter Web App [Speech 100] I promise we'll stay together, but now you're gonna be my little slave girl. Put this collar on. I'm sorry, I was just messing around. ED I'm dreading taking off my boots tonight after the running around we've been doing. Whew, my feet will probably rotting fish to shame. ... America America

In 2022, the reaction image gained more prominence online as it was used to comment on writers presumably inserting their paraphilias into Halo, Rick and Morty and House of the Dragon, with the tweets[4][5][6] going viral (shown below).


BOI @Bolverk15 OLICE 10:41 AM. May 13, 2022. Twitter for Android POLICE STATION POLICE : ... tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH tonights Jade (Jack-Pilled) @LeezartTime - Sep 20 Dan Harmon stop with your i----- fetish I'm begging you. You've literally done 5 i----- episodes in 3 different shows this is too much. Rick and Morty @Rickand Morty - Sep 20 Never be embarrassed to love yourself 0:19 1M views 693 jenny_tightpants @halomancer1 Replying to @LeezartTime 14,780 Fug ❤ 61.7K POLICE STATION 8:48 PM Sep 20, 2022 Twitter for Android POLIC ↑ tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH tonights-episode.tumblr.com I'm gonna put a s--- ton of i----- in my TV show George RR Martin I'm gonna put a s--- ton of i----- in my TV show LOOD Dan Harmon Damn that's crazy INAPPROPRIATE tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH

Various Examples


I'M SERIOUS...I CAN'T HOLD IT BACK... I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO... Shall we engage in the timeless ritual of male bonding? DON'T SAY THAT, WITH YOUR FACE SO CLOSE! YOU WANT TO PISS? POLICE STATION Look in here! h tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH F dejਰ @HiltsKaiijuu When you're making a fic and you Know What You're About OLICE POLICE STATION POLICI tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH 1:51 PM . Jun 20, 2019 Twitter for iPhone tonights-episode.tumblr.com Sara ALT @lesbianvulcan every feet massage star trek episode: POLICE STATION . 2:23 PM Nov 18, 2021. Twitter for Android POLICE tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH ... tonights-episode.tumblr.com "The writer's barely disguised fetish"

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POLICE STATION OLC LKE tonight's episode: THE WRITER'S BARELY-DISGUISED FETISH tonights-episode.tumblr.com

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External References

[1] Tumblr – tonights-episode

[2] Twitter – @bitchyami

[3] Twitter – @seinfelddahog

[4] Twitter – @Bolverk15

[5] Twitter – @halomancer1

[6] Twitter – @RealYouTubeKids

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