In the pantheon of imposing power players, dozens of fictional icons are worthy of serious cultural analysis. For Carrie Christoffersen, curator/director of collections at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum, Ron Burgundy is one of them. Yes, he of Channel 4 News Team fame. On Nov. 14, the museum — which celebrates the intersection of news history with modern technology — will debut “Anchorman: The Exhibit” in anticipation of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the sequel to the 2004 cult comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring Will Ferrell as a scotch-guzzling, lady-loving, jazz-flute-playing newscaster forced to confront the arrival of women in the workplace.
While the film itself is notable for its intentionally misogynistic storyline and outrageous antics, the exhibit goes beyond catchphrases and Sex Panther cologne. For Christoffersen, it’s “also a look at the 1970s-era television newsroom and the truth behind the humor. There’s many an outlandish scene, but so much of it is based in reality at the time when women were coming into the newsroom.”
Among the props scheduled for display are Ron’s beloved jazz flute and a re-creation of his anchor desk, where visitors can pose for photos and even test their own news-delivery skills, complete with a snappy introduction from the man himself. Comedy never sounded so classy. www.newseum.org