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Traumafessions :: Reader Laura T.J. on Smokey the Bear

July 1st, 2010 by aunt john · 8 Comments

I am still traumatized by the 1973 “Prevent Forest Fires” PSA starring JOANNA CASSIDY. Do you remember the one? The one where she RIPS HER OWN FACE OFF to reveal that she is actually Smokey the Bear in disguise?

You can watch it on YouTube.

You can…I can’t.

Just the thought of it, even now, makes me want to hide behind the couch.

Tags: Traumafessions

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Jul 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Laura T.J. for the super cool traumafession! I see exactly what you’re talking about! Every time I tried to get a screengrab of Joanna Cassidy mid transformation I ended up with an image that looks like it was painted by Francis Bacon! I never noticed how twisted and surreal those few seconds are and the sound is strange too! Who would have thought that a commercial about a cross dressing bear could be so bizarre? Ack! Those teeth!

  • 2 Brother BillNo Gravatar // Jul 1, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Nice! I totally remember that ad, and being freaked out by it. At first you’re fumbling through awkward feelings of grade-school attraction (“she’s old enough to be my teacher… and yet, she’s kind of cute… I’m confused”) and then the whole thing turns out to be a sick psychological game in which you are punished for your impure thoughts. It’s like a kids version of that scene in The Shining when Jack finds himself in the arms of the beautiful stranger, only to realize a few seconds later it’s actually a horrible zombie/ghost!

  • 3 RATSAWGODNo Gravatar // Jul 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Augh! Auuuuuugh! AUUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!!

  • 4 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Jul 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm


    The first still Unk got reminded me of Shaye St. John. If this freaked you out (and if it didn’t you’re warped beyond help), then Shaye will blow the LID off of it!

    This was awesome. Thanks!

  • 5 WarpedRecordNo Gravatar // Jul 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    At last I understand my lifelong erotic fascination with all things grizzly.

  • 6 FatherOfTearsNo Gravatar // Jul 2, 2010 at 7:02 am

    It all ended well.  Deckard took care of her in “Blade Runner”:

  • 7 bluegrasslassNo Gravatar // Jul 2, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Urghhhhhh *shudder*  I am freaked and a little disappointed! When I saw the still I thought “OMG – that looks like a really scary film!”  but when I saw the PSA it was “oh … OK”.
    That sequence of stills should hopefully give someone a really good idea for a film!

  • 8 ChrisNo Gravatar // Jul 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again… why can’t commercials be this cool now!?!

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