A few days ago, there were some rumors going around about Curits Sliwa's show being replaced by Bernard. Maybe it's true, maybe it isn't. Either way, it gives me an excuse to show an old Guardian Angels promotional poster that I found on Facebook (of all places). Let's just say that if they want to recruit the kids today, they may need a little change in graphic design:
It is truly a sight to behold: Sliwa standing on a Latin American Dictator dais, a generic 80s urban graffiti pattern as his backdrop, surrounded by homoerotic male interpretive dancers.
Now, I saw the excellent documentary Escape From New York, so I know that New York was experiencing a tough crime wave during the creation of this poster. But would this poster have ever, at any time, appealed to someone? Even in the 80s? Maybe somewhere, some young person looked at the dancer on the right and went, “That is IT, darn it! I am strapping on my orange cummerbund and heading to the South Bronx RIGHT NOW!”
And what about his chroma-keyed doppelganger on the left? Tom Oliphant called - He wants his S&M gloves back.
As you go about your day today, try to get this image out of your head. Just try.