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Why Fred Willard should thank Pee-wee Herman

Fred Willard, who was arrested for allegedly masturbating in a movie theater on Wednesday (July 18), may not suffer the full-on career derailment that rocked Pee-wee Herman's life when he did the same thing in 1991. And that's why Willard should vigorously thank Pee-wee (real name Paul Reubens) for breaking the ice when it comes to public masturbation.

Willard's already been axed from his gig as host for a new PBS "Antiques Roadshow" spinoff called "Market Warrior," but he's unlikely to find himself completely out of work or be vilified in the press (at least it hasn't happened yet). And as for the large-scale negative reaction that had parents calling for Pee-wee's head (ahem), it isn't developing.

Pee-wee was first and foremost an children's entertainer (And yes, he started out using that character for decidedly adult fare, but ended up a Saturday morning staple), so when he was arrested parents were outraged.

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