Jul 25, 2015
He'll Eat Most Anything: Gay Symbolism in Hot Dog Ads of the 1960s
At summer camp the boys all made fun of anyone foolish enough to sing:
I love the Wiener Man, he owns the Wiener Stand
He'll eat most everything from hot dogs on down
Someday I'll join his life, I'll be his wiener wife.
Hot Dog! I love the Wiener Man!
Especially boys who aspired to become a "wiener wife."
A series of 1960s commercials involved hot-dog fans bullying a holdout into singing this song, providing us with more hilarity:
Oh, I'd love to be an Oscar Mayer Wiener, that is what I truly want to be
Cause if i were an Oscar Mayer Wiener, everyone would be in love with me.
Bragging that the hot dogs were "all beef" helped clarify what was meant.
the Pow Wow every year (where I saw the Naked Indian God), sometimes at the Celtic Festival, and once at Denkmann Elementary School.
The driver, Little Oscar, distributed hot dogs, hot dog-shaped whistles, or toy wienermobiles.
They all have whimsical names, but I'd like to know more about Sizzlin' Steve (aka Mike Tierney) of the University of Missouri, a journalism major, and Stevie Bunder (aka Steve Johnson, left) of St. John's University in Minnesota, where he majored in environmental science and was on the lacrosse team.
See also Gay Symbolism in Hamburger Ads; and "Have You Had a Squirt Today?"