Bil Browning

The Smithsonian: Historically Hardcore

Filed By Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: fake advertisements, Smithsonian complex, Smithsonian museum

Copywriter Matt Kaplan came up with this fantastic series of advertisements for the Smithsonian Museum complex. While the ads are fakes, the museum would be foolish not to immediately commission him to do a full series they could use.

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Two more after the jump. Clickety to embiggen.

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(Hat tip to Gerald Hensel)


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I'd like to say I like these ads, but they seem a bit ironic in the wake of the Hide/Seek exhibition censorship.

Never mind, that's what I get for skimming.

What's interesting is that these are needed at all. Why do we think that history is filled with polite people doing polite things and that drug use, swearing, violence, extramarital sex, sodomy, etc. were all invented in the last few decades?

Nice reminder that history is not Sunday School.

@D Gregory Smith, ever read that bible, it has more than enough smut. Here's one example:

"When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face. And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. [Genesis 38:15-18] "

Yeah, I've read it. Got a degree in it, actually... ;)
Thanks for the smut!

Yeah, I've read it. Got a degree in it, actually... ;)
Thanks for the smut!

Although the ads are cute, I have never heard that any of the many Smithsonian museums or zoo need advertising to get visitors. They are all packed, especially with young people, almost everyday of the year. Why spend money on advertising in this era of shrinking funding, when they are already handling about as many folks as they can?

jill.gaulding | March 24, 2011 3:28 PM

As to the third ad: Are we supposed to assume that the "chicks" "got with" both men voluntarily? That's contrary to the popular mythology surrounding Genghis Khan's exploits, but maybe that mythology is inaccurate (and racist). On the other hand, if we are supposed to assume that "getting with" someone voluntarily is comparable to getting raped, the ad is offensive.