Oh my dearest Kindertrauma, I have JUST discovered you, and I’m in love! I’m hoping you can help me figure out who was behind the biggest trauma of my young life. It was, of course, a PSA, and it sent me and my brother running out of the room in tears back in the ’70s. I’m pretty sure it was made by the Latter Day Saints. It was about hate, and it featured a little red cartoon guy with smoke coming out of his ears and, as I recall, wild swirly eyes. He started far off in the distance and stomped toward the screen as a creepy song about hate played. The last line of the song, as I recall, was, “Hate…the one it hurts the most…is YOU!” And when it said, “you,” the little guy EXPLODED!
I’ve searched for this thing in vain for years. The closest reference I’ve found is HERE.
Oh, and I did a gallery installation about THE WALTONS‘ episode “The Changeling” at GalleryThe here in NYC. I slept in the gallery window wearing a red wig, surrounded by Raggedy Ann dolls, as a TV played the scene.
I hope someone else remembers this PSA!
UNK SEZ: Thanks Stacy! I don’t remember your commercial but I’ve always been haunted by another one that I’m pretty sure was from the Latter Day Saint’s too. In it, a little girl is shown crying, looking out of a rain soaked window and then her mom comes up behind her and the girl says, “Mom, why am I so dumb?” and that’s it. They used to show it all the time and I know it existed because it inspired a popular catchphrase in my home. I’m not a fan of religion myself but I must give credit where it’s due and say that the Amish make great pickles and the Mormons make great TV commercials. I could watch LDS spots all day! They run the gamut from noose inspiring to nitrous oxide sweet and every so often they’re narrated by TOM BOSLEY! I looked for both of our PSAs in the YouTube pile up below and came up empty handed but maybe if we keep our fingers crossed and pray to the Internet, both of our ads will reemerge soon!