Tooth Fairy--A Cultural Shift?
When did the tooth fairy become a guy in drag?
I was watching TV today (I have a cold, TV is about what I want to do) and this guy wearing a pink tutu and tennis shoes and carrying a wand has a little trouble with a girl's bedroom window. I figure twenty years ago I'd have been thinking it was a pretty threatening situation--some weird fetish dude going after a little girl. But I recognized instantly that the guy was the tooth fairy. (In a credit card commercial, actually.)
I remember the first time I saw a commercial where the tooth fairy was a middle-aged guy. It was funny in a low key, deadpan kind of way. But now, the tooth fairy just looks that way, the way Santa Claus looks the way he looks.
Which is kind of weird. I mean, I get the play on the term 'fairy' but still. Is this what America wants floating into it's children's bedrooms at night and swapping molars for quarters?