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Pom-poms of Fury

Cheerleaders! Martial Arts! Cheerleaders who make up a new martial art!
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The recent story about Texas lawmakers thinking of banning sexy HS cheerleader routines reminded me of this: I'll never get around to developing this idea, so I'll put it out here and maybe some budding screenwriter will run with it.

Here's the germ of it: cheerleading as the basis for a new martial art.

If you watch modern cheerleading, it becomes obvious that a lot of those moves, with only slight modifications, could become deadly attacks. They can punch, they can kick, and they could also do coordinated *group attacks* that would be devastating...

So the plot would be about this multiethnic group of HS cheerleaders, OK? The head jock at this high school, who appears to be ever-so-wholesome and all-American, is in fact an arrogant, sadistic and self-important a**hole who's the son of an important local politician, and also running a ring selling date-rape drugs. The jocks in general are less-than-ideal examples of young men, unthinkingly abusive of their girlfriends and females in general, and the head jock's inner circle are particularly noxious. After the head jock date-rapes one of the cheerleaders, the Asian girl (who was a new student that year, and slow to fit in), takes the girls on a weeklong retreat where she teaches them how to build on their cheerleading skills to become fearsome "Pom-Pom Warriors." (The required training sequence goes here, of course, the girls running slo-mo through the woods with heavy packs, practicing long into the night, attempting criticial moves again and again until -- success! You know the routine...) The girls plot their revenge, which takes place in a climactic battle at the state championships...

Whaddya think?? We can call it "POM-POMS OF FURY" or something like that...

And there would be some marketing tie-ins to exploit, as well -- a book illustrating the techniques, for example; maybe even a chain of dojos... and the name for this new art?

"RAH-RAH-DO," of course!

smendler, Jun 07 2005

Try submitting your idea here... http://queryletters.blogspot.com/
[normzone, Jun 07 2005]

(?) Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves http://www.bbc.co.u...hris_crudelli.shtml
BBC programme on self defence and martial arts. [DrBob, Jun 08 2005]

(?) Reminds me of Capoeira - Brazilian dance/martial art http://www.spiriton...om/capoeirafighter/
Thank goodness for the beat-em-up. Best computer games ever. [Jinbish, Jun 09 2005]

(?) Juxtaposition of cheerleading and martial arts
If only they thought of combining these classes... [Jinbish, Jun 09 2005]

Sugar And Spice http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0186589/
Cheerleaders rob banks. Hilariously subversive movie. [BunsenHoneydew, Dec 30 2012]

Zombie Cheerleaders - Pom-poms Of Death http://grindhouseaudio.com/?page_id=8
Audio play (sequel to 'Zombie Cheerleaders'). [DrBob, May 02 2014]


       This idea requires footage of cheerleaders low-crawling under barbed wire in the mud. [+]
justaguy, Jun 07 2005

       [admin: Idea title de-SHOUTalised]
Please don't use puctuation or capitals to make your idea title stand out.
st3f, Jun 07 2005

       I don't mean to be unpleasant but the 'cheerleaders' group at my school could be classed as stupid. Do you think they could cope with the difficult process of learning?
pooduck, Jun 07 2005

       Are you sure that bias isn't clouding your assessment of the intelligence of the cheerleader population at your school?
bristolz, Jun 07 2005

       I already saw "buffy the vampire slayer". And it was less than the opposite of awesome. And vampires are even cooler criminals than rapists. Except rapist vampires, but nobody dares cross that bridge.
daseva, Jun 07 2005

       1: Stupid ninjas will still kick your ass.   

       2: Training? No training. Just cheers, glares, then kung fu. The best kung fu movies have almost no plot exposition. There just needs to be an outbreak of kung fu at a cheerleading competition.   

       3: The Matrix-style kung fu special effects need to be saved for the last 2 minutes of this 10 minute short film.   

       4: All cheerleaders should spit up blood and die in the last 1 minute. That is except for two, from opposing sides, who come to an understanding and do a cheer together before dying in a freak accident involving the mascots. This is a kung fu movie, right?   

       That said - Bread!
bungston, Jun 07 2005

       The first three bieng previews, of course.
daseva, Jun 07 2005

       Sounding defensive there [bristolz]. former cheerleader? Why do you assume bias in the statement. I see generalities, but that is no indication of bias.
hidden truths, Jun 07 2005

       What bungston said. Perhaps also include a team of ladyboy cheerleaders.
calum, Jun 08 2005

       Imagined this as a movie about WWII naval anti-aircraft fire. V. disappointed.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jun 08 2005

       I imagine that Chris Crudelli (link) could construct a very effective martial arts system out of cheerleading moves.
DrBob, Jun 08 2005

       [hidden truths] It's a straight question asked without invective or defensive intent but based on my belief that stereotypes and generalizations are key indicators of an underlying bias.
bristolz, Jun 08 2005

       Very funny premise, but the plot development is loaded with stereotypes and generalizations regarding "jocks".
crater, Jun 08 2005

       Well [bristolz], during an alcohol-awareness talk at our school we were told that a shot of vodka was equivalent to 2 points of alcohol (probably not but I forget the exact figure). One of the 'cheerleaders' then asked how many points 2 shots of vodka was worth. I think most people were too stunned to laugh immediately but by God I wasn't one of them.
pooduck, Jun 08 2005

       At least the cheerleaders have the intellectual challenge of spelling out words with their arms, which is more than the jocks can manage.
angel, Jun 09 2005

       [bristolz] is this idea any less stereotypical against "jocks" than [pooduck] was towards cheerleaders? I was merely wondering why it was that comment you picked up on, rather than the bias contained in the idea itself.   

       For what it's worth, it could be a personal experiance thing. It would appear that the cheerleader facsimile group that were in my school were much the same as in [pooduck]'s.   

       I'm actually wondering if this is baked. I can't find anything, but it sounds just cliched enough to already exist. Also, I'm on uncertain ground here but are film plots actually 'bakery material? (I realise that there is a category but it seems as if most of the other ideas in it are concepts rather than actual plots).
hidden truths, Jun 09 2005

       [pooduck] - Clever boys are 'intelligent', clever girls are 'swotty' and 'bookish'. This is a social mechanism to maintain the status quo with regard to male and female roles, don't read too much into it.
wagster, Jun 09 2005

       c'mon people "pom-poms of fury" do you really have to read the idea?   

       didn't think so. +
ato_de, Jun 09 2005

       Someone's been overdosing on the Japanese cartoons .. hehehe :)
kuupuuluu, Jun 09 2005

       There's a subtle difference in this movie and your basic "Karate Kid" kinda of film. In many of these movies, a weak protagonist learns to become strong - these girls are *already* very strong, they just don't know how to apply their strength...
smendler, Aug 27 2009

       I may have found the ideal star, by the way -- meet Sam Cho, master of SPAZ FU: http://www.spazfu.com
smendler, Aug 27 2009

       Read as: "Porn Poms of Fury".
JesusHChrist, Dec 31 2012

       I like the idea of making them fury.
bungston, Dec 31 2012

       //Porn Poms of Fury// ... got my vote for "Visualization Best Avoided".
FlyingToaster, Dec 31 2012

DrBob, May 02 2014

       I normally wouldn't vote for yet another cultural meme that implies violence against men is okay but this is a really cool idea.
Voice, May 02 2014

       //Porn Poms of Fury// ... got my vote for "Visualization Best Avoided".   

       Sounds something like "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble"
not_morrison_rm, May 03 2014

       ^ I don't remember the anno, but I think it stemmed from "pornographic pomeranians" somehow.
FlyingToaster, May 03 2014


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