Posted by mlarrabee (2962 posts) 1 year, 4 months ago

Poll: To me, Pee-wee Herman is... (132 votes)

A G-- d--- national treasure! 32%
A G-- d--- national treasure, until July of 1991. 1%
A G-- d--- national treasure, despite July of 1991, because [answer below]. 8%
A G-- d--- national treasure, because of July of 1991. 5%
Pretty great. 8%
Pretty good. 8%
Pretty OK. 6%
Pretty bad. 5%
Cringe-inducing. 11%
Night-terror inducing. 7%
Other, see results, etc. 8%

The second I heard Ryan mention Pee-wee Herman on last week's (or this week's; I listened to them both today so I'm not quite sure) Bombcast, I was instantly reminded of my first exposure to the character.

One summer night when I was nineteen or so, I was perusing my parent's Netflix queue and happened upon Pee-wee Herman's Big Adventure. Now, I knew the name "Pee-wee Herman" through cultural osmoses, but had no idea what or who it was. "Comedy, 6.1 on IMDB, sure, I'll give this a shot."

I had neither the alcohol nor the context to make sense of what came at me from that screen.

Do you know the name Pee-wee Herman, and if so, what do you think of him?

If you've never heard of him here's a short introduction, but if that's the case, DON'T VOTE.

#1 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Motherfucker is a national treasure. Period.

#2 Posted by ShaggE (6457 posts) -

National treasure despite 1991. Dude's just lovable as hell, like a Muppet.

#3 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4816 posts) -

National treasure. Wanking to a porno shouldn't diminish his good work.

#4 Edited by Flacracker (1674 posts) -

Some of his shit is pretty scary. Also it's interesting that he was arrested near where I live.

#5 Posted by Jay_Ray (1101 posts) -

Motherfucker is a national treasure. Period.

Pee-Wee Herman is America

#6 Edited by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

A G-- d--- national treasure, despite July of 1991, because [who fucking cares]?

#7 Edited by Demoskinos (14842 posts) -

If any guy is seriously going to give shit to him for wanking to a porno y'all need to be slapped. Just about everyone gets their jollies off now and again. Dude did great work on TV its not fair to judge him for one thing like that.

#8 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

A what what national treasure?

#9 Posted by Hamst3r (4486 posts) -

I feel the best answer is: Pee-Wee Herman is a god damn night-terror inducing national treasure!

Because he is both, simultaneously.

#10 Edited by TooWalrus (13203 posts) -

I don't have any particular nostalgia for Pee-Wee. I'm not sure I... "get" him. I've watched some of his clips and can't seem to find a single aspect I like. His vision of "wackiness" I find to be completely shitty. I chose "Cringe Inducing."

#11 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

If any guy is seriously going to give shit to him for wanking to a porno y'all need to be slapped. Just about everyone gets their jollies off now and again. Dude did great work on TV its not fair to judge him for one thing like that.

And yet you send a picture of your penis to someone and suddenly you're not capable of being in public office. It's almost as if actual ability never really mattered and it was all one big show.

#12 Edited by august (3846 posts) -

Heard any good jokes lately?

#13 Edited by Hunkulese (2728 posts) -

His show was way better than the movies.

#14 Edited by EquitasInvictus (2030 posts) -

National treasure!

#15 Edited by Hailinel (24851 posts) -

I feel like I should be yelling every time someone says "National Treasure" in this thread.

Ah, what the hell.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!

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#16 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1210 posts) -

When was he a thing? I don't think I'm old enough.

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#17 Posted by Barrock (3533 posts) -

Big Adventure is one of the best films of all time.

#18 Edited by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

I don't have any particular nostalgia for Pee-Wee. I'm not sure I... "get" him. I've watched some of his clips and can't seem to find a single aspect I like. His vision of "wackiness" I find to be completely shitty. I chose "Cringe Inducing."

How does it feel, not being able to experience joy?

#19 Edited by Hailinel (24851 posts) -

When was he a thing? I don't think I'm old enough.

His show Pee-Wee's Playhouse ran from 1986-1990.

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#20 Edited by TooWalrus (13203 posts) -

@toowalrus said:

I don't have any particular nostalgia for Pee-Wee. I'm not sure I... "get" him. I've watched some of his clips and can't seem to find a single aspect I like. His vision of "wackiness" I find to be completely shitty. I chose "Cringe Inducing."

How does it feel, not being able to experience joy?

I dunno. The theme song to his show is like an amalgamation of everything that bugs me. Puppets. Claymation. Adults behaving like children...

#21 Edited by ripelivejam (3979 posts) -

@hailinel said:

I feel like I should be yelling every time someone says "National Treasure" in this thread.

Ah, what the hell.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!

HOWDITGETBURNNNNDDDDDD

#22 Edited by Jams (2961 posts) -

Try being a kid and seeing a talking toilet and see if you still don't think he's a national treasure.

Also past 1991 because

#23 Posted by frankfartmouth (1018 posts) -

When I told this idiot I work with that I let my daughter watch Pee-Wee, she acted like I was screening porn for her. She was totally appalled. That's the mentality of the Pee-Wee haters, just senseless rabble. They see somebody else beating their chest so they do it too. The guy got caught jerkin off to some porn. I understand he had a kids' show at the time and so it looks bad, but it doesn't mean he's a pedophile. And it does absolutely nothing to lower the quality of his show, which remains to this day one of the most unique, creative, and bizarre kids' shows ever. Treasure, I say.

#24 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1210 posts) -

@hailinel said:

@theveteran13 said:

When was he a thing? I don't think I'm old enough.

His show Pee-Wee's Playhouse ran from 1986-1990.

Yeah, that's before I was born, I've only really heard of him through him being the punchline of pedophile jokes.

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#25 Edited by Jams (2961 posts) -

When I told this idiot I work with that I let my daughter watch Pee-Wee, she acted like I was screening porn for her. She was totally appalled. That's the mentality of the Pee-Wee haters, just senseless rabble. They see somebody else beating their chest so they do it too. The guy got caught jerkin off to some porn. I understand he had a kids' show at the time and so it looks bad, but it doesn't mean he's a pedophile. And it does absolutely nothing to lower the quality of his show, which remains to this day one of the most unique, creative, and bizarre kids' shows ever. Treasure, I say.

screening for porn? No, Screening for sexual innuendo? Yes

#26 Edited by Jrinswand (1709 posts) -

@jrinswand said:
@toowalrus said:

I don't have any particular nostalgia for Pee-Wee. I'm not sure I... "get" him. I've watched some of his clips and can't seem to find a single aspect I like. His vision of "wackiness" I find to be completely shitty. I chose "Cringe Inducing."

How does it feel, not being able to experience joy?

I dunno. The theme song to his show is like an amalgamation of everything that bugs me. Puppets. Claymation. Adults behaving like children...

I'm not exaggerating when I say that you just listed a number of things that I absolutely love.

#27 Edited by Dalai (7031 posts) -

@toowalrus said:

@jrinswand said:
@toowalrus said:

I don't have any particular nostalgia for Pee-Wee. I'm not sure I... "get" him. I've watched some of his clips and can't seem to find a single aspect I like. His vision of "wackiness" I find to be completely shitty. I chose "Cringe Inducing."

How does it feel, not being able to experience joy?

I dunno. The theme song to his show is like an amalgamation of everything that bugs me. Puppets. Claymation. Adults behaving like children...

I'm not exaggerating when I say that you just listed a number of things that I absolutely love.

If you love them so much, why don't you marry them?

#28 Posted by believer258 (11921 posts) -

So I didn't know much about Pee Wee Herman 'til just now, and the nation went nuts over him because he got caught jerking his jolly in the middle of a porn show? That was what ruined his career? Who cares? Any adult should realize that yes, the other adults who make your child's favorite things probably have adult things they like to do as well.

Now, granted, public wanking isn't exactly acceptable under any circumstances but c'mon.

...all right, I'm done. Carry on.

#29 Edited by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Now, granted, public wanking isn't exactly acceptable under any circumstances but c'mon.

Fascist.

@jay_ray said:

@ravenlight said:

Motherfucker is a national treasure. Period.

Pee-Wee Herman is America

#teambone

#30 Posted by stryker1121 (1452 posts) -

To paraphrase Gilbert Gottfried, if that's illegal, we'd all be in the electric chair.

#31 Posted by jsnyder82 (735 posts) -

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is the second-best thing Tim Burton's ever done. And Pee-Wee's Playhouse was easily my favorite kid's show growing up.

#32 Posted by jsnyder82 (735 posts) -

@jams said:

@frankfartmouth said:

When I told this idiot I work with that I let my daughter watch Pee-Wee, she acted like I was screening porn for her. She was totally appalled. That's the mentality of the Pee-Wee haters, just senseless rabble. They see somebody else beating their chest so they do it too. The guy got caught jerkin off to some porn. I understand he had a kids' show at the time and so it looks bad, but it doesn't mean he's a pedophile. And it does absolutely nothing to lower the quality of his show, which remains to this day one of the most unique, creative, and bizarre kids' shows ever. Treasure, I say.

screening for porn? No, Screening for sexual innuendo? Yes

Those are harmless. And some of them aren't even innuendo.

#33 Posted by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

Are you telling me that this adult man masturbated to pornography!??!? How have we allowed this monster to LIVE?

#34 Edited by Jay_Ray (1101 posts) -

@jay_ray said:

@ravenlight said:

Motherfucker is a national treasure. Period.

Pee-Wee Herman is America

#teambone

Sorry #teamboneless, but I'm Canadian so whatevs

#35 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@jay_ray said:

@ravenlight said:

@jay_ray said:

@ravenlight said:

Motherfucker is a national treasure. Period.

Pee-Wee Herman is America

#teambone

Sorry #teamboneless, but I'm Canadian so whatevs

I wasn't talking about chicken wings, mang :P

#36 Edited by Jay_Ray (1101 posts) -

@ravenlight: Oh god, I should have realized what you were talking about. I was not even close to thinking that.

#37 Edited by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

This dude was also arrested for having child porn.

He is not backed.

#38 Edited by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

@peasantabuse said:

This dude was also arrested for having child porn.

He is not backed.

Those claims were exaggerated, the charges were dropped, and he issued some pretty reasonable explanations. The only aspect of truth to the story was that he did in fact have a copy of Rob Lowes sex tape which involved a 16 year old. Admittedly that's pretty sleazy, but I wouldn't exactly call it "Child Porn," in fact that's the age of consent in the majority of the U.S.

#39 Posted by Korolev (1707 posts) -

What about a night-terror inducing national treasure?

#40 Edited by rachelepithet (1391 posts) -

the public wanking aint a problem, its his david letterman appearance where he talks about collecting paintings of nude little boys (like that one you always see in the doctors office)

Paul_Reubens_HS_Yearbook.jpeg also look at that

#41 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

When it turns out in 20 years time that the dude ran a paedo ring, and kept little boys chained up in his gimp dungeon, you're all gonna turn around and say "told you so".

#42 Edited by Jams (2961 posts) -

@peasantabuse said:

This dude was also arrested for having child porn.

He is not backed.

Those claims were exaggerated, the charges were dropped, and he issued some pretty reasonable explanations. The only aspect of truth to the story was that he did in fact have a copy of Rob Lowes sex tape which involved a 16 year old. Admittedly that's pretty sleazy, but I wouldn't exactly call it "Child Porn," in fact that's the age of consent in the majority of the U.S.

HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE! ROB LOWE HAS A SEX TAP INVOLVING A 16 YEAR OLD?!?!?

#43 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

TO ME, PEE WEE HERMAN IS LIKE A RELIGION AND THE PLAYHOUSE IS THE SH--ORYUKEN!

(I have never seen more than the five minutes of Pee Wee I just saw watching clips in this thread. Definitely doesn't seem like my thing, and I probably wouldn't show it to my kids for multiple reasons.)

#44 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5009 posts) -

To me, Pee Wee Herman is... a fucking nightmare.

You can keep that treasure, America.

#45 Edited by Kidavenger (3556 posts) -

He was great but anything I've seen him do recently is cring worthy; Big Adventure was a big influence on my taste in comedy and it holds up really well, he was also pretty great in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

#46 Posted by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

@jams said:

@hunter5024 said:

@peasantabuse said:

This dude was also arrested for having child porn.

He is not backed.

Those claims were exaggerated, the charges were dropped, and he issued some pretty reasonable explanations. The only aspect of truth to the story was that he did in fact have a copy of Rob Lowes sex tape which involved a 16 year old. Admittedly that's pretty sleazy, but I wouldn't exactly call it "Child Porn," in fact that's the age of consent in the majority of the U.S.

HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE! ROB LOWE HAS A SEX TAP INVOLVING A 16 YEAR OLD?!?!?

A three way in fact, though I'm not sure how old the third party was.

#47 Edited by Marcsman (3199 posts) -

Nope even though his movies crack me up, he is a registered sex offender who got caught with kiddie porn. Fuck him

#48 Posted by rachelepithet (1391 posts) -

@jams said:

@hunter5024 said:

@peasantabuse said:

This dude was also arrested for having child porn.

He is not backed.

Those claims were exaggerated, the charges were dropped, and he issued some pretty reasonable explanations. The only aspect of truth to the story was that he did in fact have a copy of Rob Lowes sex tape which involved a 16 year old. Admittedly that's pretty sleazy, but I wouldn't exactly call it "Child Porn," in fact that's the age of consent in the majority of the U.S.

HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE! ROB LOWE HAS A SEX TAP INVOLVING A 16 YEAR OLD?!?!?

Heh you should see Ron Swanson's teen sex tape

#49 Edited by Hunter5024 (5688 posts) -

@boocreepyfootdoctor said:

@jams said:

@hunter5024 said:

@peasantabuse said:

This dude was also arrested for having child porn.

He is not backed.

Those claims were exaggerated, the charges were dropped, and he issued some pretty reasonable explanations. The only aspect of truth to the story was that he did in fact have a copy of Rob Lowes sex tape which involved a 16 year old. Admittedly that's pretty sleazy, but I wouldn't exactly call it "Child Porn," in fact that's the age of consent in the majority of the U.S.

HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE! ROB LOWE HAS A SEX TAP INVOLVING A 16 YEAR OLD?!?!?

Heh you should see Ron Swanson's teen sex tape

The twist is that Ron Swanson is the teen. The women just couldn't tell because of the perfectly groomed mustache.

#50 Posted by Village_Guy (2579 posts) -

Never seen anything with him, I didn't even hear about him until sometime last year, so I'm a bit whatever... Though the crack PSA does crack me up when I see it.