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Captain Planet Wasn't Just About The Environment, It Also Taught Kids About AIDS

Captain Planet was more than just an environmental hero.

When you think of Captain Planet and the Planeteers, the images that come up usually revolve around saving the environment, some weird pollution-based villains, a bunch of diverse teenagers with rings, and an overly optimistic superhero who looks like he’s been polished with far too much wax.

What you don’t think of is “man, that TV show really taught me a lot about AIDS, huh?”

Well here’s the thing, Captain Planet actually eschewed the usual environmental angle for one episode and instead focused it entirely on raising awareness about AIDS.

Gonna bring the spreading of false AIDS info down to zero!

Titled ‘A Formula For Hate,’ the Captain Planet episode aired back in 1992 and revolves around a student, Todd Andrews (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris!) who has been diagnosed as being HIV-positive. After the baddies get into the town’s medical records (for some reason) and discover his illness, they get the entire town turn on Todd by spreading false information about AIDS.

After the main characters combined their ring powers and summoned Captain Planet to beat up the baddies (again), he steps in on Todd’s behalf and delivers a straight up PSA about AIDS/HIV to the town. Everyone learns about the disease, Todd is accepted by everyone again and all is well once more.

It was one of the very first episodes of children’s television to deal with a topic like AIDS/HIV – in fact, Captain Planet was one of the first TV shows period – and was groundbreaking stuff back in the day. Pretty unexpected from a show that usually focuses on the environment.

Back in 1992, AIDS was still painted by society as some mystery illness that’s associated with homosexuality. Nuanced, thoughtful conversations about AIDS were a no go since people were uninformed, not to mention the fact that no one wanted to be in the same room with someone who had the illness.

It was a terrible time for people with the disease and no one had thought to educate the public until the people behind Captain Planet decided to combat all the negative stigma associated with AIDS by doing an educational episode on it.

Sure Captain Planet was campy but ‘A Formula For Hate’ was an important step in educating children (and adults) about AIDS and it remains one of the most groundbreaking moments in television.

Lizzo Knocking Back Frankie Muniz's Thirsty Shot Proves She's 100% That Bitch

Well at least he shot his shot.

It’s no secret that the GOAT team love Lizzo, her music and everything she does (well, mostly). But there’s such thing as liking someone too much and Frankie Muniz proved what happens when you combine that with Twitter and an unhealthy amount of thirst.

It began when Agent Cody Banks got himself worked up and decided in his infinite wisdom to send Lizzo a full-on thirst tweet that could cause a flood.

Look, it’s one thing to slide into someone’s DMs but it’s another to go unfiltered horny on main. And that’s not even taking into account the whole wanting Lizzo to make him her purse bit.

Graciously requesting to be someone’s purse is arguably one of the more unique ways of expressing your not-so-secret thirst but doesn’t seem like it’s one of those “former child star” meltdowns.

Okay, he’s had a few health issues that include concussion-related memory issues but when you take into account his lifestyle of race car driving, being a drummer in a rock band and, uh, being a Dancing on the Stars contestant, unashamedly frothing over Lizzo by offering to house her stuff in the form of a subservient inanimate object doesn’t seem that farfetched on the “Frankie Muniz shenanigans” scale.

After catching wind of Frankie’s horny on main moment, she responded in the only way that’s appropriate for a situation like this:

Looks like her twerk skills aren’t the only thing that’s up on legendary.

It’s hard to discern what Frankie Muniz was trying achieve by publicly declaring how horny he is for Lizzo but massive props to the guy for shooting his shot and seeing what happens.

Having said that, we’re pretty certain Lizzo’s been inundated with offers from people offering to be her purse or accessorary so best of luck to Frankie on his endeavour to be a personal handbag.

The OG Masked Singer Is More Talent Than Kitsch, We Were Robbed

Having Lindsay Lohan on is a delight though.

A TV show featuring bunch of people with varying levels of singing ability hiding behind flashy costumes while a panel of judges consisting of Dannii Minogue, Jackie O, uh, Dave Hughes and… Lindsay Lohan (?) throw quips and jokes about every performance.

Yep, I’m definitely talking about The Masked Singer, Australia’s new favourite obsession.

There are plenty of good reasons why The Masked Singer is ridiculously hot right now. The performances vary wildly between campy and kitsch with hints of talent sprinkled through out but it is almost always entertaining.

Sure not every judge is qualified to really make any judgements about the singing ability of the contestants but any lack of proper music qualification is made up for the fact that Lindsay Lohan is on the panel and is having the time of her life despite looking utterly clueless most of the time.

The Masked Singer knows it’s turn-your-brain-off campy fun and smartly leans into it so it’s not too surprising why it’s such a big hit.

But for all the entertainment and kitsch The Masked Singer brings to the table, the Korean OG – titled King of Masked Singer – was something else altogether and you simply must check it out if you’re a fan of the Aussie version.

Whereas our local version is delightfully cheesy and all about the spectacle in the best way possible), the Korean version takes the actual singing part a bit more seriously.

Given the sheer number of talented singers produced by the South Korea’s K-pop machine compared to Australia’s comparatively miniscule music scene, it’s no surprise that King of Masked Singer is filled with people who could actually sing whereas The Masked Singer has folks like Brett Lee.

As a result, the show is stuffed with stunning vocal performances week in week out and there’s no need to rely on flashy costumes.

Almost every singer and K-pop idol who has been on the show – and they have ranged from BTS-levels of fame to indie artists – is stupidly talented and whoever couldn’t appear as a contestant will likely appear on the judging panel as a guest judge, which adds an extra layer of fun and credibility to the proceedings.

But it’s not quite a full on “serious” competition show either as King of Masked Singer also has its moments of dumb fun, such as when Ryan Reynolds rocked up in a unicorn outfit for laughs (and to promote Deadpool 2).

So if you’re a fan of the Aussie version of The Masked Singer, you’ll do well to check out the original Korean version because whatever that lacks in kitsch, it makes up for in vocal talent.

Having said that, nothing beats having Lindsay Lohan on a judging panel so Australia has that going for it.

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