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Some Good Advice From 1998: Don't Talk To Strangers, Especially If They Have Mustaches

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This is just a very good and cool music video from 1998 about how kids should not talk to strangers, particularly shifty looking men who hang out at playgrounds by themselves.

As you may recall, the whole "stranger danger" thing was a very big deal back in the '80s and '90s. And sure! Everyone probably should keep away from weird dudes who go to playgrounds by themselves and then stare at children while hanging onto a fence like they're Tawny Kitaen in a Whitesnake video. There is no way that is ending well! But as we later turned out, most of the time, when kids are kidnapped, it's almost never by a "stranger." Still, this is kind of a jam.

Don't Talk To Strangers youtu.be

I do, however, have some questions!

1. What was that casting call even like? How many people in this video were like "Oh boy, this is gonna be my big break! Playing an obvious pedophile in a music video PSA?"
2. Is the central casting hobo pushing the kid in a swing supposed to be a stranger or a grandpa? Is this supposed to be a thing where he kidnapped the one kid and then uses that kid so he can kidnap other kids? I have seen Law and Order episodes like that, so maybe.
3. What happened to this guy's career after he did that song? Do the people in his life now know that he did this? Is it something he keeps hidden, or does he bring it out at parties, Norma Desmond-style?

I guess that's about it! Anyway, enjoy your open thread and we will see you tomorrow!

Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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