According to the good people at Checkiday, the proper way to celebrate National Bikini Day is to put on a bikini and head to the beach! Unfortunately, I don’t live anywhere near the beach so instead, I’ve just been cleaning the house and taking out a wasp nest while wearing a bikini, which is an experience that’s both frightening and empowering at the same time.
(Seriously, we had a huge wasp nest that showed up overnight over the front door. I went outside and sprayed the nest, which resulted in the porch getting covered with dying and angry wasps. Of course, that’s when I realized that, because of the whole bikini thing, I had put on a t-shirt but I’d forgotten to put on shoes so I was barefoot, the backdoor was locked, and I didn’t have my keys on me, again because of the whole bikini thing. Rather than walking in bare feet across a porch covered by angry wasps, I literally crawled through a window to get back in the house, at which point I put on my shoes, went outside, and swept up all the wasps and the nest. It’s been quite a day!)
Anyway, as we often do here at the Shattered Lens, we’re going to recognize both this holiday and four of our favorite movies! Here, in honor of National Bikini Day, are….
When watching today’s music video of the day, it helps to know something about the time when it was made.
During the late 80s, several popular televangelists were exposed as doing some less than holy things. Jimmy Swaggart kept getting caught with hookers. Jim Bakker (husband of the heavily made-up Tammy Faye Bakker) was accused of embezzling money from his ministry in order to pay off Jessica Hahn, a church secretary who said he had raped her. (Bakker claimed that he was set up by enemies who wanted to take over his ministry.) Oral Roberts announced that if he didn’t raise a certain amount of money, God was going to kill him (“take me home”). Meanwhile, Pat Robertson (yes, that Pat Robertson) was running for President and Jerry Falwell was just being himself.
Obviously, someone needed to step up and take on these religious charlatans and the Hooters answered the call with this song and video. Both were considered highly controversial at the time, which helped Satellite become the band’s first successful single in Europe.
The video features the couple from American Gothic trying to watch the Three Stooges with their daughter, despite constant interruptions from obvious stand-ins for Jerry Falwell and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. I would never think of the American Gothic couple as being fans of Larry, Moe, and Curly but it goes to show that you never can tell.