Remember when ice skater Tonya Harding's murderous ex-husband attacked Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan so she wouldn't be a threat to Harding's success? NYC comedians Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins sure do, and they've got a Kickstarter campaign going to create the first ever museum dedicated to this shocking affair, right in their Brooklyn apartment's hallway.
Roommates Olen and Harkins got the idea for the museum after they watched a documentary on Tonya Harding on Netflix (where all dreams are born) and couldn't believe there had never been an exhibition dedicated specifically to this epic ice rink drama. The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum is coming whether you like it or not, as the campaign has already raised $967 of its initial $75 goal, with five more days to go. Olen and Harkins have already started gathering artifacts to put in the museum, including blown up photos of Harding glaring at Kerrigan as they skate, protocol sheets from the 1994 championships, two issues of International Figure Skating magazine with Kerrigan on the front, and a copy of the book Frozen Assets: The New Order of Figure Skating. Sounds exhilarating! They're even working with a hardcore Tonya Harding fan club in New Zealand who forwarded the museum info on to Harding's godmother. It's all happening!
According to Olen and Harkins: "Part of the museum team's research has been the realization that everyone is either a Tonya or a Nancy (if you're thinking about it, you're a Tonya. This of course is made more confusing by the fact that if you immediately thought you were a Nancy, you are most definitely a Tonya)." Admit it.
The museum's opening gala is on April 18 at Williamsburg's Standard Toykraft, with ticket info and details to be announced. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
Remember, if you can't handle me at my Tonya, you don't deserve me at my Nancy.