I am neither judge, nor jury, nor executioner…but I know what is fair. Today I will apply that fairness to the first case in our series. I should note my legal expertise are largely drawn from overheard bus conversations and works of fiction, but I feel my instincts will make up for any gap in formal education.
Pee-wee Herman losing his career for jerking off in a porno theater
In 1991, Paul Rubens, better known as Pee-wee Herman, was arrested and cited for public exposure after being caught jerking off in a porno theater. In the backlash from this incident his show was cancelled, his toys pulled from the shelves, and his status as beloved children’s entertainer was irreparably sullied. He was wrong, but also wronged much wronger than his wrong required.
I’m have my limits, if he forced his way into a library puppet show and befouled the marionettes, by all means drive him into the wild never to return. However, getting cited for jerking off in a porno theater is like getting thrown out of a soup restaurant for slurping. Yes, it is weird and unpalatable, but well within the conventions of the establishment. I’m not going to rule out the presence of a 16mm film buff reviewing the flic for his blog, but I feel like most of the attendees understood the visceral nature of this sort of theater experience. Continue reading