Damien on… Fonzie Is Cool(?)
The “Happy Days” character of Arthur Fonzerelli had originally been a minor character, based loosely on John Milner in “American Graffiti” – upon which the sitcom was (also loosely) based.
But as the series progressed, due to his popularity, the character was built up – until HE became the star. At which point, the merchandising went MAD.
And yes, I admit it – for a while, I wore a “Fonzie Is Cool” badge.
If I had been a twelve-year-old girl, it would have been fine. And although this was several years prior to the “post-ironic” period (pre-post-ironic?) I could have carried it off if I had been over seventy – just as a laugh.
But I was a twenty-five-year-old man.
I am ashamed.