THAT IS SUCH A SMART JOKE, WHAT THE HELL
I 100% had to Google this joke and I have 300% more respect for Rugrats.
i don’t get it, can someone explain? [i searched their names and still don’t get it]
Mapplethorpe’s photography was usually very evocative and often contained nude subjects. She’s having people over who are “very conservative” so she is telling someone (I forget who on the show) to put up a Norman Rockwell painting because his work is pretty conventionally accepted as important in American history. The people in his paintings were usually white Americans, often working class, and sometimes soldiers. His work was about pulling the country together, patriotism, American exceptionalism, etc. So more appropriate for a conservative visitor than a picture of a naked guy.Dude.
Okay, but kids, Mapplethorpe didn’t just do nudes, a good body of his work that was showcased shortly before his death (particularly that which would have been fresh in the minds on the American public around the original run of Rugrats) specifically featured homoerotic and sadomasochistic themes.
So she’s not just saying, “Take down the pics of the nude guy” she’s saying, “Take down the image of the man with the bullwhip in his ass.”