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Simple illustration of a rusty trombone

Rusty trombone or pink eye is a purported act in which a man stands with his knees and back slightly torqued with feet at least shoulder width apart to expose his anus.[1] A person typically kneels behind the man and performs anilingus while reaching up beneath the testicles or around the body to manually administer rapid up and down motions of the penis, mimicking the motions of a trombone player.[1][2] The act is defined primarily by the physical orientation of the partners, the combination of anilingus with manual sexual stimulation and the resemblance of the anal sphincter to a trombone mouthpiece; however, other positions and variations are possible.

Usage historyEdit

In 2003, the Detroit, Michigan talk radio show Deminski & Doyle began an educational hour discussion of urban-legendary sex acts with the statement, "Try to describe carefully what a 'Cleveland steamer' would be..." and then went into details of the blumpkin and the rusty trombone.[3] Fifteen months later, the Federal Communications Commission proposed a fine of $27,500 to the station's owner, Infinity Broadcasting, through a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL)[4] that specifically referenced rusty trombone.[3]

Rusty trombone (dirty trombone) gained wider use in entertainment projects being developed for release in 2005. For example, comedian Andy Dick used the term in the 2005 documentary film The Aristocrats as part of the infamous dirty joke of the same name.[5] In seeming recognition of the phrase being a part of the filthiest of filthy language, news sources such as The Daily Telegraph,[5] Slant Magazine,[6] New Statesman,[7] and The Globe and Mail highlighted rusty trombone in their review of The Aristocrats. In addition, in the 2005 movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin.[8] the character Mooj stated, "It's not about these rusty trombones, and these dirty sanchez."[9] In the film Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, actor Jack Black is seen in walking around the Venice Beach, California boardwalk in a Rusty Trombone T-shirt.[10]

Rusty trombone is part of the 2006 party game PervArtistry, where individuals draw sexual pictures on a board and other players try to guess the sexual synonym for that image.[11]

In 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah activist David Nelson started an online petition calling for the repeal of Utah's existing sodomy law.[12] Reportedly, Utah's existing sodomy law prohibits oral sex, anal sex, and the rusty trombone.[12]

Also in 2007, rusty trombone was listed along with AC/DC (sexual slang referring to bisexuality, while it can also mean alternating current/direct current), Beverly Hillbilly, and Sugar in the Shoes as one of 76 entries in The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms (2007), with both its literal definition and sexual corollary.[13]

In 2012, Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson began a running gag offering guests the opportunity to play a rusty trombone. Viewers are assured that, as long as he shows the actual oxidized musical instrument, the CBS censors will not try to stop him. (March 4, 2013)

In 2013, during the final credits of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, an extra scene shows Billy asking a mall Santa Claus for a "rusty trombone" for his grandpa. The full scene is featured in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5.

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  1. ^ a b Tate, Jordan. (January 9, 2007) The Contemporary Dictionary of Sexual Euphemisms. Publisher St. Martin's Press ISBN 0-312-36298-6
  2. ^ Sex Dictionary. (2007) Sex Words Defined and Explained: R. Archived 2007-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Wolk, Josh. (May 30, 2003) Entertainment Weekly. State Of Shock: Day after day, from sea to shining sea, America's SHOCK JOCKS manage to shtick it where the FCC don't shine. "and then proceeded to describe the wonders of the blumpkin and the rusty trombone." Section: No. 712.
  4. ^ Federal Communications Commission (April 3, 2003) Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL). ""Rusty Trombone," and again please, no kids, no women. "Rusty Trombone" I believe that's when you're having anal sex with a girl and then right afterwards you make her perform uh, oral sex on you." Obtained July 11, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Sooke, Alastair. (August 19, 2005) The Daily Telegraph. Want to hear the world's dirtiest joke? "While the comics riff about incest, Shetland ponies, oral sex with armadillos and rusty trombones (don't ask), the cornucopia of smut inures you to its own excess." Section: Features; Page 21.
  6. ^ Schager, Nick. (2005) Slant Magazine. Film Review: The Aristocrats. Archived 2006-09-08 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Millard, Rosie. (August 22, 2005) New Statesman. Singer, model and television personality Tila Tequila can be seen performing a rusty trombone in her sex tape released in 2008. Notebook: Comics tell each other the rudest - and most secret - joke in the world after the audience has left. Volume 18; Issue 873; Page 31.
  8. ^ Walton, Rob. (August 2005) Playboy Online. Movie Review Of 40 Year Old Virgin. Archived 2007-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Internet Movie Database. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) - Memorable quotes. Access date: February 8, 2007.
  10. ^ Purlky Jr., Jordy "Ray". (December 1, 2006) The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jack Black also lives on that street of dreams. Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine Section: Movies & More; Page 6.
  11. ^ Taormino, Tristan. (May 3, 2006) The Village Voice. Lexicon of lust: West village bar hosts a game for pervy wordsmiths. Volume 51; Issue 18; Page 129.
  12. ^ a b Burt, Brandon. (January 18, 2007) Salt Lake City Weekly Guns and Butt Sex.[permanent dead link] Volume 23; Issue 35; Page 10. Obtained July 12, 2007.)
  13. ^ Genovese, Peter. (March 4, 2007) The Star-Ledger Living smart: It's all in the details. Section:Accent; Page 8


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