Count us in: Urlesque names 9/9/09 'A Day Without Cats on the Internet'
Pop-culture website Urlesque recently launched a movement that has gained a great deal of steam -- it dubbed tomorrow, 9/9/09, "A Day Without Cats on the Internet," and lobbied other websites to join in its kitty-free pledge. "Why only one day?" Urlesque asked. "Well let's be honest, that's probably only as long as we'll last before a hilarious video comes crashing into our inbox. But for one day, we will abstain... for you... for the cats."
The idea was apparently inspired by a similar daylong ban implemented by its sister site, Asylum, on all coverage about actress Megan Fox. (On the Megan Fox-free day, Asylum instead chose to devote a sizable chunk of its coverage to the celebration of a celebrity dear to our hearts: the divine Betty White.)
"We asked ourselves, 'Who's our Megan Fox?' And we discovered that it's cats," Urlesque editor-in-chief Stephen Lenz told the Wall Street Journal of the site's feline moratorium. "They’re part of our fabric, if you will." A number of sites have declared their cooperation with the plan, notably Cute Overload, which will have to focus its adorable efforts on other members of the animal kingdom without assists from Nora the piano cat and other favorites.
Add us to that list. It'll be difficult, no doubt, to remain cat-free -- but we feel we owe it not only to ourselves, but to the Internet at large -- and most importantly, to you.
-- Lindsay Barnett