I would like to defend myself before I begin this post with a small disclaimer: I am not personally attacking anybody. I am not Regina George and I do not aim to personally victimise anybody in any way. I myself could not stomach verbalising a wrong title but maybe that is just my bordering OCD.
A few friends from university have recently been discussing genius Gervais creation, The Office, creaming all over its fantabulous goodness. However, they were not discussing the British version but rather the Steve Carell fronted US version. Many thoughts were going through my mind whilst overhearing the snippets of conversation, such as “please, for the love of ‘God’, just call it by its proper title, The Office US.”
Now, I love Steve Carell as much as the next guy and even enjoy the US remake of the British show. One thing that does grate on me, though is the ease with which the young whippersnappers of today use “The Office”, confusing it with its original creation. It aggravates me just as much as when people say “Jurassic Park 1″. There is no official ‘Jurassic Park 1′. There is Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. If you are confused with me saying ‘Jurassic Park’, not understanding which movie I mean, please let me know and I shall not bother speaking to you again.
Using titles that are not official to the franchise indicates, to me, a complete lack of respect for the creators of the show. If I were to write a TV show, which was then subsequently voted the best TV show of the past 20 years – such as The Office was on February 4th this year – and yet people still insisted on labelling my masterpiece after some other version of it, I would be disappointed.
It also shows laziness on the part of the people using the wrong title. In the case of The Office US, you have to say just two letters more. It would take, at the very most, 2 seconds longer to voice those extra letters.
If I were Ricky I would be gesticulating wildly; gesticulating a little like this: