8 Weirdest PSAs Ever Made

8 Weirdest PSAs Ever Made

We’ve rounded up the most
ridiculous PSAs on the internet. Let’s talk about that. ♪ (theme music) ♪ Good Mythical Morning. The PSA, the public service announcement. These were really big when
we were kids. They still make ’em. But there is just something
special about the way it used to be done. Yeah, I mean, it’s basically
a commercial against things that everyone should be against that the public is,
I think, in the funding. I don’t know. It’s not like
there’s a product behind it. – Somebody’s funding these.
– But the thing about them is how they became an art form
in and of themselves that now that we have taken
a trip down the wormhole of PSAs and come out the other side, – we’re bringing to you…
– It’s very slippery. …a presentation– some of
our favorite PSAs from the past. Now, a little disclaimer.
Do I even have to say this, guys? You do. It’s the internet. The things that these PSAs are against, like anti-smoking, anti-drug use– Well, they’re not against anti-smoking.
They’re against smoking. Yeah, don’t do the double-negative. The things that they’re against–
smoking, drug use, other things that we’re gonna
be walking you through here– – All bad stuff!
– And we agree that they are bad things. But we question the creative decisions
behind the artistry, okay, – of the PSAs.
– Hopefully that’s clear. And let’s just make that clear
by showing you the first one: a Star Wars anti-smoking
campaign from the ’80s. (bubbling and whirring) R2? Where are you? (Link) So, first of all, this is legit. – (Rhett) Yeah.
– (Link) This is actually C-3PO. – (Rhett) They got the real dude.
– (Link) It’s the smoke. – (C-3PO) R2?
– (R2-D2 beeping) – (gasps) R2, you’re on fire.
– (R2-D2 beeping) (Link) No, you’re just
holding a cigarette. (C-3PO) R2-D2, you’ve found a cigarette. (R2-D2 beeping) (Rhett) That’s a guilty– guilty look. (Link) Now, in fairness,
he’s not smoking it. (Rhett) He was smoking out of that. (Link) He’s just holding it. (C-3PO) …is very bad for your heart. – (R2-D2 beeping)
– Well, I know I don’t have one, but humans do, and I think
we should set a good example. (R2-D2 beeping) – Well done, R2.
– (Rhett) That’s a good example. – Just drop it.
– (Link laughs) If you ever decide not
to smoke, just drop it. (C-3PO) …and it isn’t grownup at all.
So please, don’t smoke. – (R2-D2 beeping)
– (Link) Please don’t smoke. Personally, I think R2-D2 should
be able to smoke all he wants. – He’s a robot.
– Yeah, like they said in the thing, he doesn’t have
a heart or a lung…s, so– – (crew laughs)
– Or a lungs. C-3PO wants him to be a good example. Okay, I get it. I do
get that. For the kids. So just throw your cigarette
down anywhere you want. And speaking of cigarettes, sometimes they’re known
to start forest fires. – And that’s why we have this…
– (singsong) Segue! …1970s PSA for forest fire prevention. I know a place that’s peaceful and quiet. – (Rhett) You do?
– A place where animals play. – (Link) I’m listening.
– It’s called a forest. – (Rhett) Yep.
– But every year we start forest fires. – (Rhett) Yeah.
– (Link) She’s got some fire hair there. – …match or cigarette and, poof, fire.
– (Rhett) Poof, fire. I like the way she says “poof.” – (Link) She’s looking into my soul.
– Please be careful, okay? – (Rhett) What? Huh? What? What?
– (Smokey chuckles) – (Link laughing)
– If you knew it was me, would you have listened? “If you knew it was me,
would you have listened?” So it goes from a real-looking woman– – I wouldn’t have listened as hard.
– No– That’s supposed to be a mask to obviously
to, like, low budget mascot version of Smokey the Bear? It’s like they got it
backwards. Well… And look at this, Link. I’m going
to pause this mask for you. (laughing) 21 seconds into this thing it
obviously got a horrible mask but you see – that for a split second and it’s FREAKY!
– I did see it. But I mean, this was so well
conceptualized in every other way. – I mean, first of all, the woman.
– Casting of the woman, great. Great casting, I’m into that.
I’m into Smokey the Bear, I like puppets, you know, who doesn’t like Smokey the Bear but why do you have to do
the witch face transition? It could have just been her red hair and
boom there’s Smokey the Bear. – It even rhymes.
– I would like to see this one come back. I mean, I think they should redo this PSA What woman would you get to play this one? Keep the woman! Keep that woman
she was perfect. Don’t bring her back, like out if hiding.
Use this exact footage. No, not the aged version of her,
like 20 years later. I want to use that footage of her but I
want to replace the mask and I wanna– – I think I wanna update Smokey the Bear.
– CGI Smokey? I mean, I don’t think I’m going out on a
burning limb here to say that the mascot – Whoop.
– costume was a little dated. – A little scraggy.
– To bring things from the ’70s to a little bit more recent–
still a little old school. This was an NSYNC anti-drug campaign from the late ’90s to the early 2000s. We’re talking the peak
of NSYNC’s popularity, Link. Okay.
– ♪ (funky music) ♪ (Chris) Here we go.
Do it again. Are we rolling? – (Link mimics music)
– (Rhett) It’s funky. – I’m into…
– Basketball. – (Rhett) Yeah.
– My family. – You know the game with the little plast–
– Hand puppets. (Link) Look at their hair.
So much [inaudible] – No, Justin.
– No, it’s Chris. – Justin!
– Art. (Rhett) Justin didn’t have
anything in his hair. He was a buzz cut man. – (girls calling “Justin”)
– Little plastic things. – (Rhett) Girls like Justin.
– To be or not to be. – I’m into acting.
– Fighting evil! – I’m into scary movies.
– (squealing) (Link) The hormones that this thing
churned are immeasurable. (Rhett) Mm-hmm,
I can smell the pheromones. (Chris) Ugh! Stupid! (Rhett) This isn’t fast-paced
enough for me. (Chris) There’s, like, red and green ones. (Link) Yeah, not enough color for me. (girls screaming) – There’s, like, the, uh…
– Music. – Music.
– ♪ (harmonizes) ♪ Music. (Rhett) It’s really just the same
three girls the whole time. – These are our anti-drug.
– (all) What’s your anti-drug? (Link) Oh, “What’s your anti-drug?”
Those were theirs. (Rhett) I remember that campaign.
Definitely remember it. – I don’t remember that exact commercial.
– They’re stinky winks! – The little stinky winks!
– (Link) He remembered. It’s a game. I don’t know if you were
paying attention. I was. These are the things that
NSYNC listed as their anti-drug. This is the kinda thing
that NSYNC was into at the peak of their popularity.
Just keep that context in mind. – Yes, complete list.
– Basketball. Family. Hand puppets.
Synchronized swimming. – Art, specifically Baroque minimalism.
– Mm-hmm. Acting. Fighting evil. That was the Backstreet Boys.
The Backstreet Boys were evil. – Oh.
– Yeah. Had to fight them. Scary movies. Mind reading.
Dancing. Music. – And stinky winks!
– Stinky winks! Who knew that the NSYNC anti-drugs totally match up with
all of my hobbies 100%. – Yeah. What are the chances?
– I’m pretty scared right now. Okay, going back to
the old school and the ’70s, – this is another anti-drug PSA.
– Oh, yes. Star Wars made their PSA,
so you know Star Trek’s – got to get in on it too.
– Get it on it. ♪ (retro space theme) ♪ – (Rhett) Oh.
– (Link) Kind of a slow start. Log of the startship Enterprise,
stardate 5943.7. (Rhett) Whoa, calm down, Captain Kirk. (Link) Now, that is actually,
um– what’s his name? – (Rhett) William Shatner.
– (Link) William Shatner. (Rhett) And that’s actually Nimoy. Destroyed? What do you see, Mr. Spock? The surviving inhabitants
are in a dreadful condition. It seems they can’t control their limbs. – (Link) And they’re underwater.
– (Rhett) Hmm. (Rhett) I think those are holograms,
Spock. Sorry to tell you. (Spock) They seem to be
in a state identical to that curious 20th-century earth
disease called hard drug abuse. I suspect it has destroyed
all meaningful… – (Rhett) Yeah, HDA.
– …on this wretched planet. – A tragic find, Mr. Spock.
– As a Vulcan, I find the need for hard drugs
to be totally illogical. But as a half-human, Spock,
surely you can appreciate the suffering that hard drug abuse causes. (Spock) Certainly. We can only hope
that other civilizations… – (Rhett) Fascinating.
– …will not make the same mistake. Boy, that one almost put me to sleep. It was like they need to up
the energy level a little bit. It was almost like–
’cause you didn’t realize this too– that that was actually
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy who did– they did the voices
for the animated series. But I have to think that they didn’t think that this was the final cut. I mean, it’s like… (monotone voice) “They are
suffering from the disease known as hard drug abuse.” Well, it was kinda like
they were just phoning it in. Completely. Like, maybe
it was actually done on a phone. – Like literally.
– “Is this what you want me to say?” “The curious 20th century Earth
disease called hard drug abuse.” It’s got a ring to it. Let’s bring the energy back a little bit, thanks to G.I. Joe,
the Real American Hero. My favorite PSAs of all time. They would tack these on
the end of G.I. Joe animated episodes. Yeah, and we’ve got two G.I. Joe ones. And these are about a little more obscure things, including not swimming
during a thunderstorm. (playful laughter) – (thundering)
– Let’s get out of here! I’m staying. I’m not a scaredy-cat. No, but you could be a dead cat. (Link) He’s just hiding in the pond. (Rhett) Look at the size of
that hand. Is that normal? (Deep Six) At even the hint
of a thunderstorm, – get right out of the water.
– Thanks, your advice is… – (boom)
– Electrifying. – (Link whispers) Wow.
– If this happens again… (Link) Look at the hand. It’s there again. – Now I know.
– And knowing is half the battle. (chorus) ♪ G.I. Joe! ♪ Now I know, and knowing
is half the battle. Look, I have chills. I get the chills
from the G.I. Joe PSAs. I mean, that’s my childhood, man. – Well, but I’m gonna have to–
– Look at that. Look, look. – Sustained chills.
– I see it. We don’t have a closeup cam
today or a chill cam. – Might be the lightning.
– But think about it for a second. – Deep Six– that’s his name–
– Hiding in the pond. He was in the pond while
the thunderstorm was happening. Couldn’t he have been
on the shore and be like, “Hey, guys! Get out of there!” But he’s like, “No, I’m in here
with ya. Now let’s get out.” And he’s got this suit, which certainly– You don’t know that suit’s
gonna protect him. Those big hands are
gonna be okay though. (laughs) All right, so give me
the second video right now. I want some more chills. This one’s about stranger danger. ♪ (dramatic music) ♪ Your mom, uh, had an accident.
I’ll, uh, take you to her. (Rhett laughs) – (boy) Look, Wild Bill.
– (Rhett) Oh, gosh. – Who was that?
– Some stranger. – He said that his mom was hurt.
– (Link) The acting is so good. I didn’t know if I should go with him. Well, just don’t do what a stranger says. Check it out with an adult you know. – (Rhett) Yeah!
– (Wild Bill) Remember, a stranger… Can mean danger. Now I know. – (Rhett) Uh-huh.
– And knowing is half the battle. – (chorus) ♪ G.I. Joe! ♪
– Is he on a trike? Like a spider? Yeah, so okay, yeah.
Don’t listen to strangers, but definitely listen to the dude
with the big sunglasses – and the weird mustache.
– On the trike. Yeah, do anything that guy says
when he pulls up to you on the street in a
three-wheeled motorcycle. Well, first of all, the stranger was so not committed to his story. He’s like, “Your mom,
uh, hmm, had a… accident.” Your mom, uh, had an accident.
I’ll, uh, take you to her. You got to be like,
“Your mom had an accident.” You got to believe it yourself. You gotta sell it better than that. If you want to be a good stranger, you got to get your story straight. You can’t just improv it on the fly. And, of course, if you want
to be a good father, you’ve got to listen to Godzilla. – (Godzilla roaring)
– ♪ (Harry Nilsson, “Best Friend”) ♪ – (Link) Oh, who is that?
– That’s baby Godzilla, man. (Link) What does mama look like?
The Michelin tire woman? (Rhett) Or the Stay Puft
Marshmallow Woman. Oh, he can only blow smoke rings.
But it doesn’t matter, ’cause– (announcer) You don’t need
to be bigger than life to be a good dad. You just need
to spend time with your kids. “Spend time with your kids.”
Is this a pro-smoking ad? – (laughs)
– Is that what’s happening here? If your kid looks like this, you’re gonna have
to smoke to get through it. Is that what you’re saying? No, it’s like, “Hey, kid, this is
how you blow a smoke ring.” Oh. Okay, yeah. Yeah, that got
kids everywhere smoking. Got dads to be great fathers, but kids everywhere have started smoking. And finally, this is
a children’s health PSA. ♪ Gofer a mouthful ♪ – ♪ Gofer the fun ♪
– Cool! Gofer Cakes! – ♪ Gofer cakes are for everyone ♪
– (Link) Gofer Cakes! ♪ Just one snack is what it takes ♪ – ♪ And it’s Gofer, Gofer, Gofer Cakes ♪
– (Rhett) You stack ’em? – (Rhett) You eat ’em.
– (Link) You can recline. – ♪ Stuff your face ♪
– (Rhett) Put them in a blender! ♪ There’s always room
for fun Gofer Cakes ♪ – ♪ Empty the box ♪
– (Link) Could go for a shake. That kid is zonked out on Gofer Cakes. – (announcer) Exercised lately?
– ♪ Till you explode ♪ I mean, that song. – (imitates announcer) Exercise lately?
– ♪ Till you explode! ♪ – Give me some Gofer Cakes, man!
– I want Gofer Cakes. That was just a commercial
for Gofer Cakes, and I want some. I want them, like, delivered
to my door every month, man. I’ve got a recliner. I’ve got a mixer. – (laughs)
– A mixer. I really hope that somebody
smart out there capitalized on this and started selling Gofer Cakes, because that’s what I would’ve done. They already made my commercial for me. Kids love Gofer Cakes and don’t
care about the consequences. – That’s pretty good.
– They’ll eat ’em night and day. Feel free to reminisce in the comments what is your favorite P-P-P-P-Pew. – P-P-P-PSA.
– PSA. I learned it from watching you. This is your egg on drugs.
This is your brain on eggs? – How did it go?
– Yep. I remember that one. Thanks for liking and
commenting on this video. You know what time it is. I’m Vincent from Yukon, Oklahoma, and it’s time to spin
the Wheel of Mythicality. – ♪ (Wheel of Mythicality music) ♪
– If you want your feet to disappear into the forest,
we can help make that happen. And, by the way, you can just look cool. That happens, too, when you wear
a camo mythical shoe. You can get the 2.0. You can also get the socks
and the hat, the matching hat. Click on rhettandlink.com/store.
The shoes, the hat, and socks. (Rhett) I’m wearing it. Click through to Good Mythical More. An amazing fireworks safety PSA. You have to watch it
in its entirety along with us. “Arm resettle.” This was
actually submitted to us. We think they meant arm wrestle,
but we’re gonna go with– Hey man, I challenge you
to an arm-wrestling match. You mean an arm resettle.
Yeah, arm resettle. – Oh, what?
– Just resettle, man. – It’s in a good–
– Just resettle. – Well, it’s in a good spot.
– Now let’s resettle. – I mean, that feels good too.
– Yeah, resettle. – Okay.
– Resettle. I think I win. [Captioned by Sebastian:
GMM Captioning Team]

100 thoughts on “8 Weirdest PSAs Ever Made

  1. What I wanna know is why would they put an adultry psa on a show with a kid demographic? (I'm talking about the Godzilla psa btw)



  4. Hilarious! I don't think I've seen many PSA before, but there was one on TV with Ronald (MacDonald) taking kids for a walk(or something) and then Mr.hamburgerheadman steps out to cross the road right behind a bus but RM pulls him back and gives him a talking to! The massage might've been about Zebra crossings!? Watching that ad I always felt they were trying to sell me something…



  6. Forest fires are actually fire for forests. Its humans that forest fires aren't good for yet we took over all of nature.

  7. Americans should consider themselves lucky they didn't get the smoking PSAs Australia got, those were very graphic, using actual organs to show the damage done by smoking.

  8. I like that gi JOE psa that had doc staring through the kids bathroom window telling them not to do drugs without their parents around.

  9. Does anyone know what "Baroque minimalism" is, because in all my years as an art history major, I have never heard of that term before. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear N*Sync made that up. πŸ™‚

  10. Yeah, lets show a bunch of kids eating freaking delicious looking brownies, and get kids hungry for sweets. Then, tell them "Actually, dont do this".

    This is such a good idea for a health ad.

  11. There's a commercial where some guy in a suit and gives this kid a box. Inside the box is a pair of disgusting dentures. It is so gross.

  12. If you think about it, the reason the PSA's are so memorable is because of the corniness. I think the creators of them were right on target with the "what were they thinking when they made this".

  13. I always wanted gopher cakes, but the stupid commercials didn't tell us the brand name. I was so disappointed as a kid.

  14. The Native American Anti-Litter PSA has to be the greatest PSA of all time… that and the Pee Wee Herman Crack Cocaine PSA.

  15. My favorite PSAs are, Keep the bromace alive, I dreamed a dream, Real childern don't bounce back, and the crying Indian

  16. Rhett, it's pronounced baugh-rock. (Baroque). Just change the way you said the O, (use the other sound of O).

  17. The Star Trek one is extra weird if you're wearing headphones because the sound jumps around everywhere. It's like a bad ASMR video or something.

  18. The 'stranger danger' thing is great until you realize the danger of the familiar stranger…..the mailman, the 'famous star', the meter reader…..

  19. My fave PSAs are the "Can't Buy A Brain" series from Russia. Excellent animation, cool characters, a small amount of Happy Tree Friends style gore in the first two and a tune that will get stuck in your head for weeks.

  20. omg this is the gmm i remember

    i mean, its not that different now, but i like this intro and having link's hair down XD

  21. 1:40, Fact Fiend made a video about this, it's not that they got C3PO's actor, it's that he wouldn't allow anyone else to play him

  22. 1000 ways to die has shaped me into the living, breathing, not dead person I am today. Don't snort diamond contaminated cocaine

  23. And now I understand why the thumbnail is usually one of the later topics… There's no point in watching the rest of the video now

  24. "They have Smacky the Frog. It's a lot like a bear, but it's a frog. And that's a better system, I think we should adopt it. Because bears can be mean, but frogs are always cool. Never has there been a frog hopping toward me and I thought, "Man, I better play dead!"
    -Mitch Hedburg

  25. I can't believe the golfer cakes ad was just shown! It made me feel as though it was just yesterday when I first saw it!! I love that feeling!

  26. People around my area are actually doing controlled burns of the forest because the leaves and other things that burn are piling up and then when the forests do catch fire they get super hot and out of control. Plus there is a specific species of pine tree that is starting to become endangered because the cones only open up when they are exposed to heat created by fire.

  27. I can't lie, when the topic of G.I. Joe PSA's came up, I thought Rhett was going to pull up Fensler versions to confuse Link. =)

  28. I miss this format of their videos. The whole "interesting informal facts" series. I wish y'all would do more.

  29. Did you know Fairy Tales were the first (and most scarring, as anyone who has read the original versions know) PSAs?

  30. "The stranger told me Not to trust strangers"
    Should i trust him in Not trusting strangers ?
    But if i dont trust them that means i should trust them?

  31. can’t even fathom that this was literally 1000 episodes from today. congrats guys, you made it. lots of love from macon, georgia.

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