Gay bathhouse TV commercial from the 1970s

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I snickerd at “You´ll come again and again and again”. I´m officially 6 years old.

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I just want to go on record that I ordered a t-shirt from Channel J’s Robin Byrd in the mid 80s and I’M STILL WAITING FOR IT.

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Only BB would have the balls.

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Well, that ad makes no bones* about what goes on there.

[* so to speak]

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Did it have a weird spider-web bikini pattern on it?

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Something for everyone

Well, not everyone. I think half the population may not make it through the door.

(But I have no idea never having been, could be a rarely reported women’s spectator sport)

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kinda hot, but also sad. this came out right before the AIDS crisis started. if only they knew…

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Mrs Ficus and I were watching The Eighties on Netflix just last night and this exact ad was featured in the AIDS episode.

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That would have been good, but no. It had a drawing of her wearing said bikini.

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Via Google Street View - the building at 28 W. 15th no longer even exists, apparently merged with properties to the left, 22-28, to make way for a very large apartment building in 1989:
http://streeteasy.com/building/grosvenor-house

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That message was less veiled than a post-dance Salome asking for the head of St. John the Baptist.

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It is like watching films of the Jewish community in Krakow before the war. I really want to reach through the screen and warn them.

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Cruising with Al Pacino is like that. It was filmed in these places with many of these men as extras, just before the community was decimated.

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Yuggh. My college was across the street from the St Marks Baths, which was the East side version of the same thing.According to rumors, it was horrifyingly skanky inside, and I suspect a few of my classmates might have visited. Yes, ground zero for AIDS.

I’m reminded of a scene from Orange is the New Black.

Larry: Dad, why did you bring us to a gay bath house?

Howard: It’s a nice place. It’s clean. A schvitz is a schvitz.

[moaning from the others]

Howard: I had a Groupon.

Larry: Aaaah.

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This makes my experience at Planet Fitness seem much less exciting . . .

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Isn’t that where some guy was selling the Detachable Penis on a blanket next to a broken toaster oven?

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Yeah. You can get good deal from that guy, but you’ve got to haggle a bit.

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