90s Free Pee Wee Herman Secret Word t-shirt Extra Large
Chest 23.5 in.
Length 27 in.
Content: 100% Cotton
Tag Brand: Oneita
This humorous vintage tee is a remnant from one of the most shocking celebrity scandals of the early 90s. The shirt features a portrait of beloved children's television actor Paul Reubens as his iconic character Pee Wee Herman, and it also makes reference to Reuben's show Pee-wee's Playhouse and the series' episodic gag, the secret word of the day. In this case the word is "autoerotic" a reference to Reuben's arrest during the summer of 1991.
Paul Reubens was one of three individuals who was arrested one night by an undercover detective at an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. According to the police report, Reubens was caught masturbating in the theater, but the beloved actor has since preached his innocence with much support from fans. Reubens had even been preparing to defend himself in court. While the report claimed Reubens had been touching himself with his left hand, the actor pointed out that he is right handed and several decades worth of sexual research from the Masters and Johnson Institute failed to find a single individual that pleasured themselves with their non-dominant hand. Fellow celebrities like Cyndi Lauper also pointed out that the incident would have been a "victimless occurrence" anyway.
The arrest did unfortunately sully Reubens' reputation and cause CBS to stop airing Pee-wee's Playhouse on Saturday mornings. Despite this controversy the actor is still fondly remembered by many fans that loved both his show and feature film Pee-wee's Big Adventure. This shirt which depicts Reubens sporting a button that reads "Free Pee-wee Now" is the perfect tongue-in-cheek way to express your thoughts on the incident.
Fits like a modern unisex adult Extra Large