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Screenshot: Pam & Tommy/Hulu (Fair Use) The 1990s encompassed my teen years, so of course I know all about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee and the 1995 leak of their infamous sex tape . A viral sensation in those heady, early days of the internet, for a time it gained a level of fame that eclipsed that of its featured players, a Playboy model and Baywatch actress and drummer for Mötley Crüe, respectively (despite the fact that it appears well below the fold on both of their Wikipedia pages). Yet somehow, I have never seen it. I am OK with this—I am confident the tape is more significant as a cultural artifact than as a piece of titillating entertainment. Before we all began living our lives on social media and the risks of sexting and revenge porn became commonplace, the Pam and Tommy tape was a bombshell, a scandal, a sensation—and, for the way Anderson’s victimization in particular was turned into a punchline, something of a modern media tragedy. Reportedly recorded on the couple’s honeymoon, stolen from their home, and released without their consent, it captured the attention of a monoculture that doesn’t really exist anymore, to the point that, nearly 20 years later, Hulu has turned the “real” story of its creation and illicit distribution into a prestige TV series. I’d wager no one saw this one coming back in the day. The talent involved is impressive—Marvel star Sebastian Stan, Downton Abbey star Lily James, scripting by The […]