I read a great article in the Sun Times today bemoaning the death of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Paul Reubens, undeniably genius children’s show, which was taken down by a night in a X-rated movie house because he was staying with his parents and didn’t want them to catch him masturbating. Because we all know that anyone who would do something like that was well basically a pedophile waiting to happen. So died any hope for creativity and joy in children’s television, as Pee Wee was eventually replaced by Barney, essentially the laziest and most annoying children’s show in the history of mankind. Wild Boars are likely to have better children’s shows in the wild than Barney.
This reminded me of another story, which on its face is pretty damn hilarious, until you stop laughing for a second and realize how fucking scary it is.
Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders after she was asked whether it would be appropriate to promote masturbation as a means of preventing young people from engaging in riskier forms of sexual activity, and she was honest enough to answer, “I think that it is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught.”
Elders has a lot of other contraversial ideas (they are all sane, educated, and right), but wow that was hardly a cry to Dionysian decadence. She didn’t say kids should all get in a circle at schools and together get themselves off on a regular basis.
So Clinton fires her for that verbal hand grenade, and then later gets busted for diddling a young girl with a Cigar. He then says that oral sex isn’t really sex, whch causes teens everywhere to go on a mass blowing rampage.
Scary? Funny? I’m not so sure anymore.