Television programming in the 80s and 90s were all gems. Children at the time learned a lot by watching TV so Public Service Announcements (PSAs) were a big deal.
During an era without internet and social media, televised PSAs were very important in raising awareness for social issues relating to drug use, education, sex, etc. These announcements benefited from star power so they usually featured celebrities to get people's attention. I guess people listened to their favorite stars more than their family and friends?
Here are 10 serious, bizarre and funny PSAs featuring some popular celebrities from the 80s and 90s that you might have forgotten about:
1. MC Hammer - Too Legit To Quit School
To get on MC Hammer's good books, all kids in the 90s had to do was know how to properly use the word 'too' and stay in school.
2. Jackie Chan - Mr. Condom
The "action hero" did a PSA featuring an animated condom with martial arts skills to encourage the public to practice safe sex to protect themselves from diseases like HIV. It's a painfully cringeworthy clip for a very serious topic.
3. Pee Wee Herman - Crack Cocaine
Paul Rubens, best known as Pee-wee Herman, made this somber anti-drug PSA in 1980. Remember kids, when it comes to crack cocaine, "Don't even try it. The thrill can kill."
This PSA was part of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign which also featured Olivia-Newton, Ally Sheedy, Bette Midler and Clint Eastwood, who was also a little upset about vandalism...