For every public service announcement that effectively raises awareness for an important issue, there’s one that’s just, well, bizarre. The Huffington Post has compiled a list of the nine strangest PSAs ever broadcast on television, and it’s an amusing mix of spots that are inappropriately funny, downright cheesy, or just plain awful. However, my favorite of the bunch may actually promote its message successfully. It features Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) lecturing us about the dangers of cocaine. At some point, we realize we are trapped in some mysterious dark room with only Pee-wee and an anonymous camera crew, and then the soundtrack starts simulating a thumping heartbeat (or a rave-club beat, your call). If this even remotely resembles what being on crack is like, then I agree with Pee-wee: “It isn’t worth it.”
What do you think? Are there any wacky PSAs that still haunt you?