"Why are you chicks so angry, anyway?"
Joe Francis, creator of the "Girls Gone Wild" empire, and his friends are apparently even bigger sleazebuckets than I could possibly have imagined. Why do I say that, you ask?
Well, how about Francis having raped an intoxicated eighteen-year-old virgin? How about his lawyer, Michael Kerry Burke, having declared that the reason why the victim kept telling Francis "no" and exclaiming "it hurts" was that "Mr. Francis is reputedly well endowed." Which, I suppose, means that the silly little bitch should feel privileged to have received the benison of such a stupendous cock, even if she was too foolish to realize how fortunate she was at the time. And hell, she got three pairs of "Girls Gone Wild" panties out of it. What more could a girl possibly want?
I was feeling rather nauseated and disheartened by the portions of the story in which young women proudly calls themselves "sluts" and wax enthusiastic about what a good opportunity GGW provides them. And I was angered by the account of Francis' past history of assaulting women. But the comment by Burke marks the point at which I went into a white-hot rage. But then, what should we expect from a man who helped Francis countersue a woman he apparently drugged and raped in a hotel room for $25,000,36--the $36 being the cost of the room-service hamburgers Francis ordered the next day?
In addition to apparently being a violent and dangerous bully wealthy enough to surround himself with other dangerous bullies, Francis is undeniably a total idiot. Why do I say that? Well, he verbally and physically assaulted the reporter from a major national newspaper who planned to write a story on him, "playfully" insulted her intelligence at every opportunity, and did his best to sabotage her relationship with her editor by painting her as a "woman scorned." (Because, yeah, what woman wouldn't find a megalomaniacal, abusive, unprincipled man-boy totally irresistible?) Yet, he is shocked--shocked! and hurt! and offended!--to realize that her work is unlikely to paint him in the best possible light.
Unfortunately, being a criminal and an utter dimbulb isn't keeping this guy from being literally a hero to millions.
Any guesses who I'll be thinking about when I need some extra energy for those kicks and punches at the dojang tomorrow night? Hell, y'all, this kind of fury may keep me going long enough to stay for the boxing class, too.
UPDATE: More commentary from Amanda at Pandagon, Ezra Klein, and ZuZu at Feministe. Jessica at Feministing has an idea for taking action.