One of the strangest Public Service Announcements ever filmed has been making the rounds on the Internet over the course of the past few weeks, and we couldn't resist the urge to share it with you.
Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) stars in this 1992 PSA warning viewers against the dangers of crack cocaine while explaining exactly what crack is and how no one knows how much it takes to kill you. Pee-Wee then reminds everyone that it's okay to want to be cool, but doing it with crack isn't just wrong -- it could be dead wrong!
The clip is bizarre because Herman is a comedian who appealed to young children (who probably weren't quite ready to start smoking crack yet) and stoners (who'd already found their drug of choice) -- plus how hard is it to take Pee-Wee seriously about anything? I spent the whole time waiting for him to bust out his iconic laugh or start shouting, "I know you are but what am I?" when someone called him a crackhead.
Clearly, videos like this demonstrate why we pretty much lost the war on drugs -- the government guys authorizing these ads obviously had no idea who would get through to their target audience. In Herman's defense, he made the video as part of his plea deal after his arrest for indecent exposure inside a Florida porn theater. Under those circumstances, it seems unlikely that Pee-Wee got to make any suggestions or offer up any potential rewrites to punch up the dialogue a bit.
Check out the video after the jump -- then let us know what you thought of one the lesser films in Pee-Wee's filmography in the comments section below.