Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Grandmother Who Fought Porn: Mary Avara


If you went to see a movie in a Maryland theater between 1960 and 1981, then anything you watched--even if it was a Disney film--was approved by Mary Avara and her movie censor board. For 21 years, Avara served as the head of The Maryland State Board of Censors. A feisty Catholic Italian grandmother who invoked the ire of filmmakers and movie critics, she gained celebrity status in the 1970s because of her fierce stance on pornographic pictures, making several appearances on TV talk shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett and Mike Douglas, as well as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mickey Rooney's Racist Role


Mickey Rooney passed away earlier this week at the age of 93, and he's being remembered for many beloved roles; as a horse lover, two that come to mind instantly for me are the jaded jockey Mi Taylor in National Velvet, and the aging horse trainer Henry Dailey in The Black Stallion. But another role--which was omitted in many online retrospectives of Rooney's career--is memorable because of its awfulness, and that was when he portrayed a Japanese man in the film adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Three Ads Too Good Not to Share #12: Awesomely Awkward Copywriting


File these ads under "wow--what were they thinking?" Or maybe, "were they thinking at all?" I have no explanations for these copywriting gaffes...if they were gaffes at all, and completely intentional to get attention. (And I think the above "ad" for Pontiac was Photoshopped. The original brochure photo found online did not have the "Spread Your Legs" copy.) So, without further ado...


Well, what do you think? Which one looks the most "rapey" to you? Talk about a poor choice of words. Couldn't they have just substituted drafting wills?


It's funny to think of a father licking his child, but even funnier when you learn what the word really meant. You see, kids, back in the day, "lick" was slang for "ass whupping" or "beat the sh*t out of"...which is kind of ironic considering this is an ad about constipation and that's exactly what the father wants to do to his son with the help of a hairbrush. If only little Johnny would just eat his vegetables, none of this would be an issue. 


A little less retro due to the website address provided in the ad, but how could I not share this one. There ain't nothin' like the whiff of grandma's muffin!

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