Writer Erin O'Brien comments on all things human.
Wow, great roundup. Cigarette advertising in children's cartoons predates even me. Weird to think what tobacco companies used to get away with.I haven't seen RHPS in years. And Lawrence Welk - I like big band, have never liked Welk.
Don Cornelius's suit, Jean Knight's hair, those yellow outfits, transvestites, Fred and Barney smoking ... what's not to love!
About that first video - what stone-age marketing genius thought stupid, lazy, wife-abusing men would want to buy cigarettes after that? Oops, I guess it was effective.
I feel ashamed for the generation that watched that Winston commercial on their brand new television sets and found it inoffensive. I'm so relieved that this was well before my time.
I am fairly certain the Fred and Barney commercial was less controversial than vanilla pudding--or the Lawrence Welk footage for that matter--when it debuted.
Boy... talk about a trip thru Americana!!
Honestly, I'd say that Mr. Welk's "keep a song in your heart' is pretty good advice.The Flintstones was originally aimed at an adult audience (1960) and its first two seasons were sponsored by Winston. Primetime television characters pitching tobacco products did not seem unnatural at the time.(Hello, Ms. O'B)
You know, maybe Lawrence Welk wasn't as square as you might think.After all, his orchestra covered The Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray," almost flawlessly!
And crawling on the planet's face,Some insects called the human race,Lost in time and space,And meaning.
Don's 'fro and glasses are pretty darned attractive, too. I like a man who can sport that look and it's still fresh 35 years later.
I think I might be traumatized by that Fred and Barney clip ...
Happy Birthday, O'Brien!(What, am I the only facebooker here?)
Wow, I remember watching Lawrence Welk as a kid. Love those yellow suits and white shoes! Yeah baby, YEAH!
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