It's Hard to Feel Blue Looking at These Pics of Wet Never Nudes
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It's Hard to Feel Blue Looking at These Pics of Wet Never Nudes

These colors don't run... except when they're caught in the rain.
May 21, 2018, 5:20pm

Over the course of its run, Arrested Development has spawned a slew of hilariously bizarre references: hot ham water, the deadly cornballer, the contentious difference between "tricks" and "illusions," and the timeless wisdom that "there’s always money in the banana stand." But one of the show’s most memorable gags is Tobias Fünke’s "never nude" condition, which the narrator describes as "a rare psychological affliction of never being able to be completely naked." The running joke comes up multiple times throughout the series, most notably when the analyst and therapist (or "analrapist," as he prefers) turned aspiring actor auditions to be an understudy in the Blue Man Group, and consequently spends part of season two covered in blue body paint and denim cutoffs—the latter being the go-to undergarment worn by fellow never nudes.

In preparation for the release of the show’s fifth season on May 29, Netflix threw a "Never Nudes Blitz" on Saturday in Washington Square Park and Central Park in New York City. Dozens of people—dozens!—came out in cutoffs and red hats embroidered with the phrase "Make America Bluth Again," many of them covered entirely in blue body paint despite the pouring rain. If you weren't able to "blue yourself," don't worry—you can see VICE's photos from the event below. —Meredith Balkus

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