Robert Downey, Sr. who made Putney Swope passed away yesterday. I remember the ad campaign for the film – examples are in the tweet below. Some papers censored the middle finger. I lived in Philadelphia then and I know I saw examples with the finger and without.
I even brought them into my high school English class and the teacher didn’t know what the middle finger meant! I think she even hung the ads up in the classroom.
One of the fake commercials in the film: