Oh, Brooklyn, you’ve done it again. Yes, the borough that has birthed so many quirky ideas has done it again: Two comedians who live there have made it their mission to establish a museum devoted to Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
Naturally the pair, Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the whole thing. Score one for them, though, because the crowdfunding goals are modest. The “museum,” really, would just be commemorative photo gallery of the Nancy and Tonya Olympic debacle in a hallway in their Williamsburg apartment.
Gather ’round the campfire, please, and think back to the olden days of 1994. That’s when Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding were the top two figure skaters in America, both headed to the Olympics. Kerrigan was the all-American sweetheart from Massachusetts, while Harding hailed from Oregon.
Their relationship in popular culture? Let’s put it on today’s terms Imagine if Taylor Swift and Katy Perry swapped hair colors and learned how to ice skate.
Anyways, Harding knew Kerrigan was a great skater. But Harding wanted that gold medal. So what did Harding do? She took out her rival! In the figure skating version of Game of Thrones, Harding’s ex-husband hired a guy to wait for Kerrigan after skating practice and club her with a baton.
To make it all easier to recap, we handily reenacted the scene for you with Barbie dolls. Behold:
Anyways, back to comedians Olen and Harkins, and their genius idea for a museum — or, dare we say it, a movement. Their idea started when Harkins stumbled upon the documentary “The Price of Gold,” on Netflix — sensing something special, he immediately asked Olen to rush home.
The two became instantly obsessed with this classic American story of success and greed — that the rest, quite literally, simply became history. Check out what they had to say about their museum project below. The tl;dr? Yeah, they’re serious about it — um, more or less.