Traumafessions :: Reader Raine McG. on Ernest

When I was little I used to watch those ERNEST movies and sometimes he would dress up as an old lady and this scared the crap out of me ever time that she came on screen I would shut my eyes. JIM VARNEY was suppose to make you laugh not cry.

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bdwilcox (@bdwilcox)
10 years ago

Is that top photo really Jim Varney? At first glance, I thought it was Javier Bardem.

Chuckles72 (@chuckles72)
10 years ago

I know! He looks like a total badass there. Just goes to show how a good actor can really transform himself – even if the result is the ever-irritating Ernest (the kids loved him).

Sam Tanis
Sam Tanis (@fb1068648213)
10 years ago

I’ve frequently found that kids are scared of guys in drag… Not sure why.

I recall once watching an episode of the Furniture Guys
and hearing Ed Feldman mention that when, as a child he would see Milton Burl in a dress he would run and hid under his bed.

There are youtube vids of them, but I don’t think any mention of the Milton scare.

unkle lancifer
unkle lancifer (@unkle-lancifer)
10 years ago

That is quite the Jim Varney shot! I think he looks like Crispen Glover there!

Speaking of drag-scares there was an urban legend making the rounds at my jr high school about someone helping an old lady find her car in a parking lot. It was revealed that the old lady was actually a man in disguise when an axe fell out of her dress! I forget all the details but of course I believed it to be 100% true at the time.

Joanna Boese
Joanna Boese (@fb1205346092)
10 years ago

Now we have to deal with Tyler Perry…that’s a downgrade, IMO.

Marc Hendriks
Marc Hendriks (@trademarc)
10 years ago

As far as I’m concerned, the mother of all drag-scares is A Nightmare on Elm Street 4’s Freddy the school nurse. The horror…the horror…

Brian Katcher
Brian Katcher (@bjkatcher)
10 years ago

Unkle L: Here’s the link to your killer in drag urban legend:

Know what I mean, Vern?

unkle lancifer
unkle lancifer (@unkle-lancifer)
10 years ago


Thanks a million! I tried to find it yesterday and couldn’t!

I found a variation without the drag element and one about a fake perfume salesman who was spraying women with something that made them fall asleep but not this!

I absolutely believed this urban legend and can still vividly recall how I imagined it in my head.

Thanks again!

Apocalypsejunkie (@apocalypsejunkie)
10 years ago

I think the reason men in drag freak children out is along the same line as clowns. They know something is “off” and what’s underneath is different than what they’re seeing up front.