The Persecution of Pee-Wee Herman

When an L.A. teenager filed a complaint against actor Paul
Reubens, whose Pee-Wee Herman character delighted retro-culture
fans?and kids?in the ?90s, police found kitsch collections of
?classic food,? E.T. memorabilia, and vintage gay pornography in
his home. Charges against the actor were eventually dropped, but
Reubens was arrested for possession of child pornography; including
a few dozen photos of adolescent boys that are today contraband,
but were perfectly legal when published in the ?50s and ?60s, and
mere minutes of gay film footage featuring teenage boys from the
same era. At the center of this case, writes Richard Goldstein in
The Village Voice, is the question of whether Reubens
knowingly purchased these items when amassing his
100,000-piece collection.
Erin Ferdinand

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