346. “Two butch-looking women not in a Subaru? Something’s wrong here.”

The episode:The Legend of Boggy Creek II,” ep. 1006

The riff: Observed by Mike while the movie’s two female leads ineptly try to pry their Jeep loose from a big patch of mud. They are not successful in the least.

The explanation: Apparently, the Subaru line of Japanese cars has historically had a just under-the-radar line of support for LGBT causes. Targeting gay customers (which I suppose is a neglected market), they have had well-known ads with dual meanings, such as “It’s not a choice, it’s the way we’re built.” Over time, the Outback and Forester models in particular have become stereotyped with lesbians, to the point where some people apparently refer to them as “Lesbarus.”

Novelty factor: I am genuinely surprised to say I had no idea of this association before.

Kind of an odd SUV slogan, really.

Kind of an odd SUV slogan, really.

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