deborah11565 wrote:Twinkie the kid is not pop culture. Pop culture is all your zombies, vampires, and stuff. This design has been altered just as much as the campbell soup can, pi symbol, etc. Is a pie, hamburger, peanuts, oreos, and hot dog original art work? This is just as original as those items.
Twinkie the Kid is a commercially Trademarked mascot from Hostess brands. Even though they're in bankruptcy, he's their intellectual property. This design isn't parody - the allowed exception for usage of a mascot by third parties - so Woot will probably reject it for that reason, alone. They don't want to be sued.
Twinkie the Kid, because of the current events, is also "Pop culture" by Woot's definition. Generic vampires, zombies, etc., aren't considered Pop Culture by Woot, unless they reference specific works (like Twilight, The Walking Dead, etc.).
I don't know about the soup can, though it's clearly parody, but the pi pie isn't "pop culture" even though it's not very original.
There have been lots of discussion in past threads on what is pop culture. Basically, if it references a current fad of some sort, uses a character from modern literature, or riffs on a video game, movie or tv show, it's "pop culture". I think someone said "if you have to be in tune with popular culture to get the joke, it's pop culture."