The condom in pop culture
Music videos, TV shows and films that celebrate the love glove.
Mon Feb 1 2010
The Golden Girls, season four
Is there anything funnier than Bea Arthur screaming, "Condoms! Condoms, Rose, condoms!" in a drug store? Probably, but we can't think of it. (Also, yes, this means your grandparents are probably still doin' it.)
Salt-N-Pepa, "Let's Talk About AIDS"
In 1993, Salt-N-Pepa recorded a new version of its 1991 hit "Let's Talk About Sex" with a more serious message: "Let's Talk About AIDS" focuses on preventing the transmission of AIDS through condom use, and how to deal if you do contract the disease. (The video features other popular stars of the early '90s, including members of P.M. Dawn and Kid 'n Play.)
TLC, "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg"
TLC advocated getting it on safely. In the video for this anthem to sexy times (replete with references to masturbation and cunnilingus), Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes covers her left eye and other parts of her body with condoms as a means of promoting safe sex. Yo, Left Eye, kick that shit!
If you didn't get the message before, TLC's 1995 hit "Waterfalls," off the album CrazySexyCool, features an entire vignette of a guy whose penchant for having unprotected sex leads to him contracting AIDS.
Cobra Starship, "Good Girls Go Bad"
The pop-punk hit is better known as Gossip Girl Leighton Meester's unfortunate musical debut, but the video is also noteworthy for its prominent placement of Trojans throughout. Because Blair Waldorf would never have unprotected sex. Leave that to Serena.
There's a flaw in this: If Beldar is chewing on the condom, shouldn't it be full of holes when he tries to blow it up? Are we really thinking that hard about the Coneheads movie?
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
What starts out as an unbelievably embarrassing experience turns horrifically painful when you hear the telltale snap! of a condom against a penis. Owwww.
Vampire Weekend's condom PSA
Thank you, Vampire Weekend, for teaching us that there are nicknames for condoms (including Dom DeLuise, mustard plug, and glockenspiel) that we haven't seen on Urban Dictionary. (We're assuming this was filmed on an M79.)