trend after supposed cut of cats film had cgi buttholes on the cats

Release the Butthole Cut

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Updated Apr 05, 2020 at 10:24AM EDT by andcallmeshirley.

Added Mar 18, 2020 at 11:01AM EDT by Adam.

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About

Release the Butthole Cut refers to a tongue-in-cheek campaign to release a supposed existing version of the film Cats which apparently had CGI buttholes on the cats that needed to be edited out before release. Once rumor of the version spread online, fans jokingly demanded to see it.

Origin

On March 18th, 2020, Twitter user @benmekler[1] tweeted, "I desperately need a tell-all book about the making of CATS. It could really help me get through this," gaining over 320 retweets and 4,000 likes (shown below, left). In the responses, Twitter user @jackwaz[2] wrote, "A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats," gaining over 4,500 retweets and 20,000 likes (shown below, right).


ben mekler @benmekler I desperately need a tell-all book about the making of CATS. It could really help me get through this 12:34 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Jack Waz @jackwaz Replying to @benmekler A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats 12:36 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone

Spread

As @jackwaz' tweet spread, people jokingly demanded "Release the butthole cut," a riff on the Release The Snyder Cut. The trend started after @jackwaz tweeted "#releasethebuttholecut" (shown below, left). User @civvie11[3] tweeted the hashtag along with the message, "Only when we collectively gaze upon true horror can we overcome the mundane horrors of everyday life," gaining over 260 retweets and 1,000 likes (shown below, right).


Jack Waz @jackwaz Replying to @jackwaz @benmekler and @catsmovie Finding this cut is my white whale #ReleaseTheButtholeCut 12:44 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Civvie11 @Civvie11 Only when we collectively gaze upon true horror can we overcome the mundane horrors of everyday life. #ReleaseTheButtholeCut Jack Waz @jackwaz 路 10h Replying to @benmekler A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats 9:44 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for Android

Knives Out and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson[4] tweeted, "#ReleaseTheButtholeCut is exactly what we all need right now," gaining over 2,200 retweets and 11,000 likes (shown below, left). User @MichaelTushaus[5] tweeted "Just imagine, you worked your ass off to get through college to become a CGI artist. Eventually, you land a job in Hollywood, and then one day you鈥檙e hired to draw 400 cat buttholes, and then, THEN, someone comes along and erases all your buttholes," gaining over 330 retweets and 1,100 likes (shown below, right). The hashtag was covered by The Daily Dot.[6]


Rian Johnson @rianjohnson #ReleaseTheButtholeCut is exactly what we all need right now Jack Waz @jackwaz 路 10h Replying to @benmekler A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats 3:21 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Michael Tushaus @MichaelTushaus Just imagine, you worked your ass off to get through college to become a CGI artist. Eventually, you land a job in Hollywood, and then one day you're hired to draw 400 cat buttholes, and then, THEN, someone comes along and erases all your buttholes. #ReleaseTheButtholeCut Jack Waz @jackwaz 路 10h Replying to @benmekler A VFX producer friend of a friend was hired in November to finish some of the 400 effects shots in @catsmovie. His entire job was to remove CGI buttholes that had been inserted a few months before. Which means that, somewhere out there, there exists a butthole cut of Cats 4:29 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone

Mekler later received word[7] from a Cats VFX crew member, who clarified that some shots made it appear as though the cats had genitalia, and that's what had to be scrubbed, not actual cat buttholes.


ben mekler @benmekler URGENT #ReleaseTheButtholeCut update/clarification, emailed to me by a CATS VFX crewmember who has asked to remain anonymous There were never shots of cats with butt holes. Or at least by design, None that I saw anyway. However, there were a dozen or so shots where the skin and fur sim was groomed or just folded in a way that really REALLY looked like very furry lady genitals and buttholes by accident. The task (as typical with heavy cg shows) fell on 2D to paint out the offending articles where it was brought up and spotted. Daily reviews were constant awkward discussions of people plucking up the courage to point things like this out; 'does that like a fanny to you?" 2:34 PM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter Web App

Fan-made Edit

On March 31st, 2020, XVP Comedy posted an edited version of the Cats trailer which features cat buttholes. The video gained over 421,000 views on YouTube.



The video also saw significant spread on Twitter. User @Scalzi[8] tweeted about the cut, gaining over 110 retweets and 290 likes (shown below, left). User @ScottWamplerBMD[9] posted about the cut, writing, "Mother 鈥 and I cannot stress this enough 鈥 of God." The cut was covered by Daily Dot[10] and The Mary Sue.[11]


John Scalzi @scalzi DREAMS DO COME TRUE Things We Saw Today: Fans Made the "Butthole Cut" of Cats a Reality (And It'... We really could have called this edition "Things we really which we hadn't seen today." But We've seen The Butthole Cut of Cats and can't unsee it. S themarysue.com Scott Wampler: Day 24TM @ScottWamplerBMD Mother - and I cannot stress this enough - of God. Cats: The Butthole Cut (Parody) Hello World! Thanks for checkin' out XVP Comedy! We're a team of geeks, nerds and freaks from Chicago who love . The BUTTHOLE CUT S youtube.com 1:12 PM 路 Apr 1, 2020 路 Twitter Web Client

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Aly (pls wash your hands!) @TheDeathNerd 路 9h *sees #releasethebuttholecut trending, right before switching tabs* *switches back* The WHAT Legendary Fox 2020....Yup @GeezLouis1971 #ReleaseTheButtholeCut I keep pondering what is wrong with the world.. Then every morning people like you have shit trending, and the mystery is solved. GIF Wandering Zombie @WanderingZombie Fear God and #ReleaseTheButtholeCut is where we're at with Twitter today. Can someone just wake me up when 4/20 for a month starts? Trending in United States #ReleaseTheButtholeCut 7,862 Tweets rose Paste Magazine is Tweeting about this Trending in United States Fear God 29.6K Tweets 10:35 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter Web App Joseph Nevin @JosephGNevin I'm glad to see that, in spite of it all, somethings remain the same... #ReleaseTheButtholeCut For you Trending News Sports Fun Coronavirus 路 Now Coronavirus: European stock markets fall and more major events pulled Trending in United States #ReleaseTheButtholeCut R Rian Johnson and Matt Martin are Tweeting about this startrekcaptions @TrekCaptions "Jean-Luc, we must force them to #ReleaseTheButtholeCut of Cats." "What, Will?" "It exists..." 11:44 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone Michael Kiernan @mikekiernan87 Goes on Twitter to see what's up. Oh virus this, virus that, #ReleaseTheButtholeCut 喟翱喟椸皞 GIF 8:47 AM 路 Mar 18, 2020 路 Twitter for iPhone

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