Happy Friday, y’all! It’s time to take another look back at one of the best WTF? moments in pop culture history. Today we’re going all the way back to 1991. It was a hot, sultry summer and things were especially hot in a Florida movie theater.
That dirty looking guy who got caught jackin’ it in the middle of a XXX theater? It was everyone’s favorite Saturday morning goofball, Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman.
OMG, how freaking scandalous was this? The hero of millions of kids gets busted by cops beating off in a porno theater. Sure, Pee Wee’s got needs just like anyone, but how traumatic was it to think of the nasally clown who entertained us on Saturday mornings as a bit of a perv? After the arrest, CBS discontinued showing reruns of Pee Wee’s Playhouse (the show had already been canceled) and Reubens made a deal with the Sarasota County court: in exchange for a fine and producing a few PSAs, he was given a clean record.
At the time, many people came out to defend Reubens, most notably, fellow comedian BillCosby who said: “Whatever (Reubens has) done, this is being blown all out of proportion.”
Reubens rebounded though, and has most recently appeared in hit shows such as 30 Rock, Reno 911! and Dirt.