S.mouse

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S.mouse
Angry Boys character
First appearance Episode 2
Last appearance Episode 12
Created by Chris Lilley
Portrayed by Chris Lilley
Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Rapper
Family Shwayne Booth Snr. (father)
Clarise Booth (mother)
Significant other(s) Lasquisha (ex-girlfriend)
Nationality American

Shwayne Booth Jr.,[1] better known mononymously as S.mouse (later as S.mouse!), is a fictional character from the Australian mockumentary series, Angry Boys. The character is portrayed by Chris Lilley, who wears a curly wig and blackface makeup. He has appeared in Angry Boys since the second episode. He is an African American rapper who lives in Calabasas, California. In the second episode, S.mouse is introduced as the rapper who just released the biggest selling hip-hop single of all time, "Slap My Elbow". Later in the show, S.mouse is put under house arrest at his parent's home for two months, after defecating on a police car in the video for his single "Poo on You". He also gets dropped from his record label after another one of his music videos, Grandmother Fucker, receives many complaints.

S.mouse has received a mixed response from critics. Paul Kalina of The Sydney Morning Herald has written that "S.mouse is arguably the new show's weakest incarnation", while Rowen Dean of ABC Online describes him as "Eminem meets Ali G meets Snoop Dogg".

Storylines[edit]

S.mouse is introduced as the rapper who just released the biggest selling hip-hop single of all time, "Slap My Elbow".[2] S.mouse tries to reinvent himself. He defies his record label contract and releases his self-penned YouTube released "Poo on You", in which the music video sees S.mouse defecating on a police car.[2] He later makes an online apology to his fans and is put under house arrest at his parent's home for two months.[2] S.mouse receives a demo from his manager Larry and he expresses great dislike of the track.[3] He then decides to release a new single called "Grandmother Fucker".[3] The music video for the song features an appearance by S.mouse's grandmother, which angers his father Shwayne Senior (Richard Lawson).[3] S.mouse later receives a phone call from his manager that he has been dropped from his record label due to the video receiving so many complaints.[3]

S.mouse decides to create his own music for his new album, The Real Me.[4] The album will be released independently and is executively produced by his best friend Danthony (Clyde Boraine).[4] S.mouse had originally planned to feature Barbadian singer Rihanna on his new song, "Big Black Balls", however it features his girlfriend Lasquisha (Kristin Dione Metoyer) instead.[4] S.mouse completes his community service by performing his new songs to an unimpressed audience of children at an elementary school.[5] Lasquisha tells him that they don't know him and he'll already be forgotten once his house arrest is over.[5] S.mouse goes to the mall, even though he is not allowed to leave the house, to prove that he is still famous.[5] However, no one cares that he is there and when Lasquisha asks people if they know him, they say no.[5] When they arrive home, a parole officer tightens the security on S.mouse's ankle monitor.[5] If he walks out the gate, he will be electrocuted. S.mouse spends the afternoon writing a new song called "Whack My Knee" and Lasquisha comes up with a dance craze for the song.[5] During a photo shoot for his new album, The Real Me, a paparazzi helicopter secretly takes photos of S.mouse shirtless and puts them online, claiming that he has become fat. S.mouse later finds out that Lasquisha has dumped him, as she does not want to be associated with someone believed to be fat. S.mouse launches his new album at a club in Los Angeles to a crowd who are less than pleased. He writes a new song called "Squashed Nigga", based on Daniel's story about an Aborigine child named Wally who was crushed by a truck. S.mouse decides to sing the song instead of rapping the lyrics. He subsequently re-invents himself under the performing name of: Shwayne Jr.

Development[edit]

S.mouse is portrayed by comedian Chris Lilley. In an interview with Ralph magazine, Lilley revealed it was difficult and tricky to play S.mouse due to the hip-hop music, working with American actors and pretending to be a black person in an American family.[6] Discussing his character in an interview with The Vine, Lilley said,

"The world of S.mouse is not my world – I don't know people like that. I know about the world of hip-hop because I'm interested in that kind of music but I wanted to show that world in a different way, not just present all the usual clichés. I wanted it to be a genuine story about a genuine guy. But being in that make-up, speaking that way and interacting with the black actors who played my family... it was very far-removed from anything I'm used to."[7]

Reception[edit]

The character received mixed reviews from critics. After S.mouse's first appearance on Angry Boys, Larissa Dubecki of The Age expressed the opinion that he contained some of Jonah Takalua's DNA, but also "found him plain annoying although his impending house arrest might pique interest."[8] Paul Kalina of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote that "S.mouse is arguably the new show's weakest incarnation, being someone we've already seen in sketch shows and whose cultural baggage doesn't register as sharply as Lilley's local characters do."[9] Rowen Dean of ABC Online described the character as "Eminem meets Ali G meets Snoop Dog".[10] Eleanor Morgan of The Guardian compared S.mouse to the Jamaican woman in David Walliams' series Come Fly with Me, stating he "isn't offensive in the way David Walliams... makes his character's ethnicity the punchline, whereas Lilley has created a ridiculous character who just happens to be black."[11] Ruth Margolis of TV.com wrote, "... it's not clear whether his accent is intentionally awful or whether he just hasn't mastered it in time for filming. Whatever the case, S.mouse doesn't quite work. He's not layered like Lilley's other creations".[12]

Commercial performances[edit]

Three of S.mouse's songs, "Animal Zoo", "Slap My Elbow" and "Squashed Nigga", have been released as singles, available for digital download on the Australian iTunes Store.[13][14][15] "Slap My Elbow" entered the ARIA Singles Chart and the ARIA Urban Singles Chart; it peaked at numbers thirty-seven and thirteen, respectively.[16][17] In the United Kingdom, "Slap My Elbow" debuted at number 139 on the UK Singles Chart on August 13, 2011,[18] and "Squashed Nigga" debuted at number 151 on August 20, 2011.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Quinn, Karl (12 July 2011). "Chris Lilley's S.mouse to play Melbourne gig". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Chris Lilley (creator, director, writer), Stuart McDonald (director), Jeffrey Walker (director) (18 May 2011). "Episode 2". 1. Episode 2. ABC1.
  3. ^ a b c d Chris Lilley (creator, director, writer), Stuart McDonald (director), Jeffrey Walker (director) (25 May 2011). "Episode 3". 1. Episode 3. ABC1.
  4. ^ a b c Chris Lilley (creator, director, writer), Stuart McDonald (director), Jeffrey Walker (director) (8 June 2011). "Episode 5". 1. Episode 5. ABC1.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Chris Lilley (creator, director, writer), Stuart McDonald (director), Jeffrey Walker (director) (22 June 2011). "Episode 7". 1. Episode 7. ABC1.
  6. ^ "Chris Lilley is no angry boy even after a flogging from critics". Ralph. ACP Magazines. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Davis, Robert (4 May 2011). "Chris Lilley — Interview". TheVine.com.au. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Dubecki, Larissa (12 May 2011). "Angry Boys, Wednesday, May 18". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Kalina, Paul (8 June 2011). "Angry Boys, Wednesday, June 8". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Dean, Rowen (19 May 2011). "Angry Boys? I'll go out on a limb...". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Morgan, Eleanor (28 May 2011). "Chris Lilley's mum has a cardboard cutout of Ja'mie". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Margolis, Ruth (28 May 2011). "These Angry Boys Are Loveable". TV.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Animal Zoo". Itunes.apple.com.au. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Squashed Nigga – Single". Itunes.apple.com.au. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Slap My Elbow". Itunes.apple.com.au. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  16. ^ "S.mouse — Slap My Elbow". ARIA Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "Top 40 Urban Albums & Singles Chart – 20/6/2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 19 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chart Log UK: 13.08.2011". Zobbel.de. August 13, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chart Log UK: 20.08.2011". Zobbel.de. August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.