Smokey Bear has been the face of the U.S. Forest Service’s forest fire prevention campaign for 75 years, but the agency has just revealed a glimpse into Smokey’s backstory that doesn’t really seem like pertinent information. Earlier today, the U.S. Forest Service revealed that Smokey Bear is attracted to both female bears and human women.
Hmm. Doesn’t seem like we really needed to know this.
The new information about Smokey Bear’s sexuality was announced in a statement released on the U.S. Forest Service’s official website this morning, accompanied by an illustration of Smokey with one arm around a female bear and the other arm around a woman.
“Smokey Bear is attracted to both female bears and human women!” the statement read. “Although all of Smokey’s previous long-term relationships have been with female bears, he has had plenty of sexual experiences with human women, but it’s just never developed into something more serious. While the biological similarities Smokey shares with female bears offer him many comforts that remind him of his childhood, Smokey finds the differences that exist between him and human women quite erotic as well. He is currently single, but he’s actively looking for the right female bear or human woman for him! He is also interested in one day having a threesome featuring both a human woman and a female bear.”
Well, huh. If they really wanted to flesh out Smokey Bear’s backstory, it would have been much more useful to tell us something that has to do with forests or something. Can’t say this really adds anything.
Despite the fact that this is definitely not something children would ever need to know about in order to prevent forest fires, the website has also released a chart geared toward kids that explains what specifically attracts Smokey to human women and female bears. A column titled “What Smokey Likes About Human Women,” lists things like “soft, hairless skin,” “have breasts,” and “can drive a car to take us to the movies.” The other column, titled “What Smokey Likes About Female Bears,” highlights that they’re “excellent foragers,” “covered in beautiful fur,” and “don’t waste your time playing games.”
As though the Forest Service didn’t get this pretty meaningless point across already, the site has also released a new commercial where Smokey debuts an extended version of his famous catchphrase, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” In the ad, after a family successfully puts out a fire at their campsite, Smokey walks out from the bushes and says they did a great job before turning to the camera and exclaiming, “Only you can prevent forest fires. But any female bear or human woman can make love to me on the ground.”
Wow. This is definitely seems like the kind of thing that we didn’t ever need to hear about, but the U.S. Forest Service clearly thought it was worth our while for some reason. Here’s hoping that the next time the agency adds info to Smokey Bear’s backstory, it’s somehow related to helping people prevent forest fires and not just factoids about who Smokey likes to have sex with.