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"R U Professional"
The Mae Shi performing in August 2008
Song by The Mae Shi
Published YouTube, MediaFire
Released February 3, 2009
Recorded Los Angeles, California
Genre Experimental rock
Language English
Length 2:53
Writer The Mae Shi
Producer The Mae Shi

"R U Professional" is a song by the indie rock band The Mae Shi, inspired by the audio of a July 2008 outburst of actor Christian Bale on the set of Terminator Salvation. The song was written and released by the group twenty-four hours after the February 2, 2009 appearance of the Bale outburst on the internet. In a statement released from The Mae Shi, the group explained that the audio from the Bale outburst "was so crazy" that they were inspired to record a song about it, further stating "it's a tribute song we made to celebrate the epic-ness of Christian Bale". The piece was made available on YouTube and via download on MediaFire on February 3, 2009.

The song has received generally positive reception. MTV.com characterized it as "a Devo-esque slice of new wave fun", and Dose called it an "electro jam". Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times called it "a jaunty pop ode to Bale". Music sites including Pitchfork Media were impressed with the group's ability to write, record and release the video within twenty-four hours after the audio of the Bale outburst appeared on the internet.

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Background

Christian Bale (July 2008)

While Christian Bale was acting in a scene for the film Terminator Salvation with actress Bryce Dallas Howard, Bale yelled at the film's director of photography, Shane Hurlbut, for walking into his line of sight.[1][2] During the four-minute audio recording, Bale can be heard screaming obscenities at Hurlbut and threatening to quit the film if Hurlbut did it again and was not fired.[1][3] Hurlbut responded calmly and apologized several times to Bale, and continued shooting for seven hours after the incident.[1][4][5]

The incident occurred in July 2008 during shooting for the film in New Mexico, and an audio recording of Bale yelling at Hurlbut appeared on the website TMZ.com on February 2, 2009.[2][3] Prior to releasing the audio on the internet, TMZ.com had reported on the incident on their website in July 2008.[6] TMZ.com reported that film executives for Terminator Salvation sent a copy of the audio recording to the film's insurance company, in case Bale did quit the film.[1][4]

In a statement to Los Angeles radio station KROQ on February 6, 2009, Bale said he "acted like a punk", and that he and Hurlbut talked after the incident and "resolved this completely".[7] Bale acknowledged the two worked together for several hours after the incident, and "at least a month after that", and noted "I've seen a rough cut of the movie and he has done a wonderful job. It looks fantastic".[7]

Inspiration and release

A statement released by The Mae Shi explained the group's inspiration to write the song: "We thought it [the tape] was so crazy that we, The Mae Shi, wrote and recorded a song about it. We should clarify and say that this isn't really a Mae Shi song, it's a tribute song we made to celebrate the epic-ness of Christian Bale."[8][9] Band drummer Brad Breeck commented in an interview, "It was a late-night, spur-of-the-moment experiment. We heard the Bale thing, wrote and recorded a song in about two hours, posted it to the Internet. That’s it!"[10]

The lyrics of the song include references to films Bale has appeared in including Newsies,[11] Swing Kids,[12] and American Psycho.[13] The chorus of the song is "Oh, whoo wow/ He is professional/ But I think he's lost control",[9][14] and the lyrics include: "Swing Kid with a violent streak",[12] "Step back, stay out of his light/Better not try to put up a fight/Newsies will get you tonight/'Cause they're professional!",[11] and "Don't look too deep in his eyes/he can't hide what's inside of his mind/and it might get a little bit ugly/and you might meet an American Psycho".[13] The piece incorporates audio clips from Bale's outburst.[15] The song was made available for listening on YouTube or via download on MediaFire on February 3, 2009.[16]

Reception

"But the corker has to be a fresh tune from indie rockers The Mae Shi that’s an homage to Bale’s notorious on-set intensity, “R U Professional,” a Devo-esque slice of new wave fun..."
—Gil Kaufman, MTV.com[14]

Gil Kaufman of MTV.com characterized the song as "a Devo-esque slice of new wave fun".[14] Leah Collins of Dose magazine commented "L.A.'s The Mae Shi take things to another level, not just sampling Bale but turning around an electro jam, 'R U Professional'".[12] Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times called the piece "a jaunty pop ode to Bale".[17] Whitney Matheson of USA Today called the song "a danceable and inspired track", and commented "I smell a hit."[11]

Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club called the piece "a hastily written, but pretty amusing, original song".[18] Rhodri Marsden of the Irish Independent commented "one suspects it was a pre-existing tune hastily adapted" for the Bale outburst.[19] Matt Fernandes of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described the piece as a "new wave ditty using the jerkiest clips of Bale's on-set rant", and commented "The results are pretty funny."[20]

Kristin Hunt of The Celebrity Cafe wrote that the piece "gets my vote for best Bale parody", and commented that in her view it was better than "Bale Out" by RevoLucian.[21] Chicagoist wrote that the song by The Mae Shi was their favorite of the Christian Bale remixes, commenting "There are lots of remixes floating around there but this track by The Mae Shi is our current favorite treatment."[22] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media was impressed that "R U Professional" was compiled in twenty-four hours, noting "Props for putting it all together in a day".[23] Mark Lore of Chico News & Review called the piece "a loving nod to the prima donna rant of Christian Bale".[10]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d Fox News staff (February 3, 2009). "Christian Bale's F-Word-Laced Verbal Tirade Caught on Tape". Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,487205,00.html. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  2. ^ a b Bryant (February 3, 2009). "Christian Bale's Verbal Attack Draws Today's Attention". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tvguide/398546_tvgif3.html. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  3. ^ a b Agence France-Presse staff (February 3, 2009). "Holy expletive! Bale caught in on-set meltdown". Agence France-Presse. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jaJT1WIl1cyzmCr1nW2LZxdGRZGw. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  4. ^ a b Access Hollywood (February 3, 2009). "Christian Bale's profane tirade caught on tape: Actor berates director of photography who walked on set during filming". MSNBC (NBC). http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28984085/. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  5. ^ Inside Track (February 4, 2009). "Outburst reveals Christian Bale’s ‘Dark’ side". Boston Herald. http://news.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/2009_02_04_Outburst_reveals_Christian_Bale%E2%80%99s_%E2%80%98Dark%E2%80%99_side/srvc=home&position=also. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  6. ^ Sweeney, Fionnuala (February 5, 2009). "Bale's on set rant goes viral: TMZ's Mike Walters explains how they got the tape of Christian Bale's outburst on the set of 'Terminator Salvation.'". CNN (Time Warner). http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2009/02/04/intv.walters.tmz.on.bale.cnn?iref=videosearch. Retrieved 2009-02-05.  
  7. ^ a b BBC News staff (February 6, 2009). "Actor Bale speaks out over rant: Film star Christian Bale has called a US radio station to apologise for a tirade which was leaked onto the internet, calling it "inexcusable"". BBC News (BBC). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7875756.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  8. ^ Gregory, Jason (February 4, 2009). "Christian Bale Terminator Rant Turned Into A Tribute Song By The Mae Shi...". Gigwise (www.gigwise.com). http://www.gigwise.com/news/49156/Christian-Bale-Terminator-Rant-Turned-Into-A-Tribute-Song. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  9. ^ a b Kirby, Terry (February 4, 2009). "Bale's furious rant becomes instant electro-dance hit". Evening Standard (Associated Newspapers Limited). http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23634363-details/Bale%27s+furious+rant+becomes+instant+electro-dance+hit/article.do. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  10. ^ a b Lore, Mark (March 26, 2009). "Agit-pop: The road-worn Mae Shi take on Batman and Miley Cyrus". Chico News & Review (Chico Community Publishing, Inc.). http://www.newsreview.com/chico/content?oid=932633. Retrieved 2009-03-28.  
  11. ^ a b c Matheson, Whitney (February 3, 2009). "Hot trend o' the week: Christian Bale remixes". Pop Candy (USA Today). http://blogs.usatoday.com/popcandy/2009/02/hot-trend-o-the.html?csp=34. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  12. ^ a b c Collins, Leah (February 6, 2009). "The Best Thing I Ever Heard...This Week". Dose (Canwest Interactive). http://www.dose.ca/music/story.html?id=f627a31c-8075-4b4b-8a60-1fd6c26a403d. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  13. ^ a b Reynolds, Simon (February 4, 2009). "Bale tantrum becomes web phenomenon". Digital Spy (Digital Spy Limited). http://www.digitalspy.com/showbiz/a145639/bale-tantrum-becomes-web-phenomenon.html. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  14. ^ a b c Kaufman, Gil (February 3, 2009). "You Can Now Dance To The Sound Of Christian Bale’s Fury". MTV.com. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/02/03/you-can-now-dance-to-the-sound-of-christian-bales-fury/. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  15. ^ United Press International staff (February 3, 2009). "Bale tirade becomes YouTube sensation". United Press International (United Press International, Inc.). http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2009/02/03/Bale_tirade_becomes_YouTube_sensation/UPI-90221233694011/. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  16. ^ Sciretta, Peter (February 3, 2009). "LOL: The Christian Bale Fun Continues". /film (www.slashfilm.com). http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/02/03/lol-the-christian-bale-fun-continues/. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  17. ^ Boucher, Geoff (February 4, 2009). "Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr., Kristen Bell and Skeletor, all in Everyday Hero headlines". Hero Complex (Los Angeles Times). http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/02/robert-downey-j.html. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  18. ^ Koski, Genevieve (February 6, 2009). ""Fucking Distracting!!": Your meme of the week". The A.V. Club (www.avclub.com). http://www.avclub.com/articles/fucking-distracting-your-meme-of-the-week,23550/. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  19. ^ Marsden, Rhodri (February 9, 2009). "Christian Bale: All the rage on the web - The first clip appeared within minutes – and a week on, Christian Bale's fury is inspiring Oscar-worthy satire. Rhodri Marsden follows the links". Irish Independent. http://www.independent.ie/business/technology/christian-bale-all-the-rage-on-the-web-1633797.html. Retrieved 2009-02-10.  
  20. ^ Fernandes, Matt (February 20, 2009). "The Mae Shi, playing Gargoyle Sat., remix Christian Bale rant". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (www.stltoday.com). http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/rock-candy/rock-candy/2009/02/the-mae-shi-playing-gargoyle-sat-remix-christian-bale-rant/. Retrieved 2009-02-20.  
  21. ^ Hunt, Kristin (February 11, 2009). "A Funny Thing Happened . . .". The Celebrity Cafe. http://www.thecelebritycafe.com/features/24602.html. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  
  22. ^ Chicagoist staff (February 4, 2009). "Download: Batman Flips The F*#K Out". Chicagoist (Gothamist LLC). http://chicagoist.com/2009/02/04/download_batman_flips_the_fk_out.php. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  
  23. ^ Richardson, Mark (February 3, 2009). "New Music: The Mae Shi [ft. Christian Bale]: "R U Professional" [Stream]". Pitchfork Media (www.pitchforkmedia.com). http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/148888-new-music-the-mae-shi-ft-christian-bale-r-u-professional-stream. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  

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