Oscars: What is a Merkin?

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Jared Leto

"Google it," Jared Leto says.

Jared Leto mentioned a "merkin" while presenting the best production design Oscar on Sunday night. Most had no clue what he was talking about. The others snickered. 

"Without the genius contributions of makeup artists and hair stylists, we wouldn't lose ourselves in classic films like The Godfather, The Elephant Man, Raging Bull, Magic Mike 2," said the actor. "Think about it. But let's be honest, they deserve an award just for putting up with us actors, not to mention the prosthetics: the wigs, the occasional merkin. if you happen to be laughing, please explain it to the person next to you, and if you aren't, Google it."

Well, here it is: A merkin is a pubic wig that actors wear in nude scenes, but it is also considered fashionable and sported at events such as Burning Man. 

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