SUBMITTED BY: Steve Uzdanovich LOCATION: Caerphilly, Wales (2011)
Caerphilly Castle is known for its 13th Century military significance, especially its role in preventing South Wales from being invaded by the imperialistic North Wales (actually we have no idea which Welsh were the good guys or the bad guys).
In any case, marble bathroom vanities weren’t a priority for the King.
(Learn more about Medieval Tacky Tourist History at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire).
SUBMITTED BY: Ari Zackin LOCATION: Hebron, Connecticut (2010)
Hey, the Pilgrims didn’t have a monopoly on public humiliation. The Europeans were huge fans of exploiting shame, too.
Between the squeezed rib cages of women in corsets and the sore necks of suckers posing for this photo-op, the Renaissance Faire is a perpetual goldmine for chiropractors.
(Ari Zackin recently bathed in camel drool for a TTP modeling shoot in Israel.)
SUBMITTED BY: Alexandra, Brian and Chloe Pecci LOCATION: Salem, Massachusetts (2010)
TV Land commissioned a statue of the most gorgeous witch of all time, Elizabeth Montgomery, to celebrate the pop cultural significance of the 1960s comedy “Bewitched.”
The statue is controversial, even attracting the ire of vandals, because some say it is insensitive to mix a silly TV show with the serious horrors of the Salem Witch Trials. We here at Tacky Tourist Photos would argue that those critics would have a point if the city was not already marketing itself as “The Witch City,” selling out its history as the ultimate Halloween party favor.
Some Bewitched fans have suggested that the TV Land network-sponsored statue would have been more appropriately placed in Westport, Connecticut, the suburb where Samantha and Darrin Stephens lived on the show.
Controversy aside, Alexandra Pecci, author of a new travel guide about Salem, likes the statue.
“Bewitched was one of my favorite shows when I was a kid, and I always thought Darrin should lighten up!,” she says. “Or better yet, spunky Samantha should have found a guy who accepted her talents!”
Pecci is referring to the countless squabbles between Darrin and Samantha about her not using her powers and trying to act like a “normal” housewife. She does not take into account the constant meddling and mental abuse of Darrin’s mother-in-law, Endora, who is always turning him into a frog.
TV Land has also commissioned or financially contributed to other pop culture shrines, including ones to:
* Fonzie (Henry Winkler) from “Happy Days” in Milwaukee.
* Mary Richards from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Minneapolis.
* Andy (Andy Griffith) and Opie (Ron Howard) from “The Andy Griffith Show” in Raleigh, N.C.
* Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) from “The Honeymooners” in Manhattan.
* Bob Newhart in Chicago.
When the Mary Tyler Moore statue was dedicated in 2001, the actress tossed her hat in the air for countless photographers. About 1,000 Mary Richards-style hats were given out to the crowd to simultaneously toss them in the ultimate Tacky Tourist Photo-op. But no one threw the hats because they wanted to save them as souvenirs.
Astoundingly, the Mary Tyler Moore statue is considered controversial, too.
If you’ve posed with any of these TV Land statues, we’d love to hear from you!
(Alexandra Pecci is author of “Salem: A Guide to America’ Bewitching City,” now available at Amazon.com.)
SUBMITTED BY: Ari Zackin LOCATION: Orlando, Florida (2006)
It’s wonderful for Disney to take a pro-military stand!
Remember when we played with these Little Green Army Men as kids, tossing pebbles at their helpless platoons?
Believe it or not, these toys are now “controversial.”
Thanks for sticking up for the troops, Pixar!
SUBMITTED BY: Mark Zackin LOCATION: Hong Kong, China
Blah, blah, blah, blah, Ben Stiller, blah, blah, blah.
We Americans often assume that the entire world speaks English and we grow very impatient when foreign movies hire foreign-speaking actors who require subtitles.
Here, in the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial district, is evidence that many foreigners do not read English.
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian stars Ben Stiller, Christopher Guest, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Bill Hader and even George Foreman. Yet, the only actor credited in English on the poster is Stiller.
Puzzling. Are the rest of the stars in this movie even credited in Chinese?
If we were Hank Azaria or Christopher Guest, we’d be bitter.
Oh, the stoic boy posing by the octopus tentacle is Connecticut fifth grader Ari Zackin. At age 11, he’s almost as tall as Napoleon.
(Mark Zackin is a pop culture-obsessed attorney who like to memorize movie lines. He blogs at http://zackinfamily.wordpress.com/)