Regarding our obsession for this, it waxes and wanes but since it has become something bigger, a way to connect with people, a way to inspire art, a way to get out of our comfort zones, all under the umbrella of this dramatic event is very real and exciting for us."
The next day, Olen and Harkins host an opening gala for the museum at Standard Toykraft in Williamsburg. The venue advertises it with typical whack-job snark: "We've been recently hit [in the knee] by the whirlwind of press for the 1994 Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Museum." At the entrance, Viviana's sister, of security team fame, greets guests graciously. There's a display of cupcakes resembling Christmas tree ornaments, all glittery and bulbous. Beside it, clear plastic swag bags have been arranged. Each contains a black-and-white photo of Tonya Harding, a Nancy Kerrigan playing card, a tea-light candle, a pin and a crayon.
I ask one guy lingering in a corner why he's come. "Because I was brought here," he says. "With a person." I wait for him to elaborate. "Honestly, I drank too much," he says finally. He starts sinking back into a hanging curtain, then gropes at a bench until he can guide himself into a safe seated position.
Sitting nearby is Sandra Luckow. She's a filmmaker who made a documentary about Tonya Harding called Sharp Edges and also happens to have grown up training beside Harding under coach Diane Rawlinson. Luckow teaches at Barnard and Yale, and she's showed up to the event because she's still interested in the subject of her first film, and probably always will be given their shared history.
At some point in the night, a guy in a trucker hat approaches. Luckow explains to him how she used to skate with Harding. He says, "Here's what I'll tell you about Tonya Harding: an incredible person but not so great on the skates."
"How do you know?" she asks.
"I used to skate with her," Trucker Hat says.
"Who are you?" she says.
"What are you talking about?" Trucker Hat says. If Luckow was peeved by his Harding remarks, Trucker Hat is furious that she didn't find his ribbing funny.
"If you think for one moment that she wasn't a great skater, you are deluding yourself," Luckow says. Trucker Hat can't bear the sincerity. He eventually leaves in a huff after answering the question of what brought him to the event with a joke about mushrooms and fungi.
When the lights are lowered, Olen and Harkins climb onto the stage to give a "TED-like talk" on how to build a museum. "What are we doing here? A very real museum dedicated to the very real events portrayed in The Price of Gold by Nanette Burstein," Olen orates theatrically. Then there's a short play called "Toe Pick" by Zachary Grady, a song to the tune of George Michael's "Faith" performed by vowel-averse comedy duo SRSLY, a long anecdote by former Harding impersonator Lynn Harris , and three people who call themselves I AM A BOYS CHOIR, who jump on trampolines wearing sequined skating dresses for an interminable aerobic performance.
But the marquee event is the Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum video tour. In the video, Olen and Harkins repeat the same jokes they have told every reporter: Everyone, they say is a Tonya or a Nancy. A Nancy has long lines in her body, so on, so forth. The emojis: accessible! They pitch their voices melodramatically. At one point, Harkins performs air-fellatio in the background as Olen describes Harding artifacts. It's one of those moments where you question their claims of respectfulness and love, their confusion when asked if #THNK1994 is a cynical project. You remember that moment where Olen talked about what future projects would be "on-brand" for them.
But most of the audience finds the performance hilarious. It's wacky, a little inane, tongue-in-cheek but twee, evasive yet familiar. Irony wants to have it both ways; Olen and Harkins do too. They know how to get the laughs normally attached to irony without inspiring much of the attendant ire. It's a type of comedy defended by coyness. It's Tonya dressed up as Nancy, wailing, "Whyyyyy? Whyyyyy Nooooot?"
Ian Harding , Actor: Pretty Little Liars. Ian Harding was born on September 16, 1986 in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is an actor, …
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In 2002 she boxed against Paula Jones on the Fox TV network Celebrity Boxing event, winning the fight. On February 22, 2003, she made her official women's professional boxing debut, losing a four-round decision in the undercard of the Mike Tyson - Clifford Etienne bout, amid rumors that she was having financial difficulties and needed to fight in the ring to earn money.  She did another celebrity boxing match, on The Man Show , and won against co-host Doug Stanhope . Stanhope later claimed on his podcast that the fight was fixed because Tonya Harding refused to "fight a man".