Monday, August 07, 2006

the guy behind 'girls gone wild': nutbag freak


the la times piece on joe francis is great.

talk about holding up a skeevy mirror to a guy who has a lot of influence in shaping young male sexual identity:

In short, Francis wants to insinuate himself and his view of the world into the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the vacations you take and the entertainment—filmed and glossy—that you consume. He sees "Girls Gone Wild" as the ultimate lifestyle brand. "Sex sells everything," he says. "It drives every buying decision . . . I hate to get too deep and philosophical here, but only the guys with the greatest sexual appetites are the ones who are the most driven and most successful."
if that's the case, and after reading this profile, you'll hope a flaming meteorite lands on joe and all that's left is a crater. his vision of the world is one that turns every woman into a pink hole.

why is it always women pointing out the total scary inappropriateness of guys like this? why aren't men the first to hold up the mirror and say, Dude - you're fucked in the head and have a serious problem with women.

follow the links in the feministing piece for more discussion and analysis.

[update: here is another really fascinating take on the times piece which says that hoffman is a bad reporter for doing it. read to the end when he wonders what kind of world we live in that a pig like francis won't get clocked by a woman he's just assaulted? i say that it's a world where women are afraid of the bastards who hurt them. the same kind of world where we force a rape victim to watch a videotape of her own gangbang and the kind of world that allows a man to make money coercing barely legal drunk girls to have sex with him and his crew.]

dude, wake the fuck up.

(note: let's not forget this is also the joe francis who was in court last year because some guy broke in his house and made him say/do something 'sexually humiliating' with a dildo. i remember writing that if anyone deserved a big bite of karma it was him. let's hope this expose is just the beginning.)

9 comments:

No_Nym said...

The article basically says this dude is a rapist. Fucker.

ding said...

but...but...he just has a really big sexual appetite! he's no rapist! just a genius with a big libido.

after all, that's what ALL great men are.

(fucker.)

i've been reading other posts and comments about this article and have been really disturbed about some folks who are saying, 'well, what about the responsibility of the women? don't they share some responsibility here?'

i'd like to know what kind of responsibility anyone shares with a fucking rapist.

Orange said...

How about Francis's lawyer putting in writing that it's rumored his client has a big schlong? Is that one of the more horribly inappropriate things you've read lately?

Orange said...

Okay, I just read that Mike Schramm critique of the reporter's approach. I liked how she revealed what went on between Francis and the reporter interviewing him. His sense of sheer entitlement, sociopathic obtuseness, the apparent lack of understanding that roughing up, mocking, and doing the whole sexist-putting-his-hands-on-her thing (like Bush and Angela Merkel!)—it just further demonstrates his warped mindset, how the "Girls Gone Wild" ethos permeates his life.

Yeah, I probably would have smacked him myself—but (1) reporters probably don't learn in J-school to smack their subjects, and (2) do you think she'd ever been treated that way in the course of her reportorial work? She might have been stunned that it was happening in her professional setting.

Kaethe said...

Mike Schramm doesn't get it either, does he? Did you notice how the 18-year-old rape victim became a stripper when he mentioned her?

So the reporter has just been assaulted by this (unconvicted) felon, in front of numerous people and police officers, none of whom intervened because it was just a couple thing, and now she's supposed to fight him when he's trying to be nice?

Mike, dude, that's what gets a chick labeled "crazy" and "violent."

ding said...

kaethe - nice catch. i hadn't caught that.

and 'crazy' is exactly how he wants to portray hoffman when he calls her editor and says that hoffman came on to him, he rejected her and now she's just making stuff up. i guess when you can't exactly convince others 'she wanted it' then 'she's crazy' is just as good.

The Assimilated Negro said...

I like Schramm's take, because it's clearly necessary in relation to a journalistic piece with such moral outrage involved.

The picture of Francis as the devil is all the more enhanced by the weaving of her own story in with the "objective" profile. If it's supposed to be pure journalism, then it falls short, straddling the line between journalism and memoir.

sort of like the difference between a movie and a documentary. this piece of work, overall, emotes more, but is it trying to be a fair strict retelling of the facts? No.

Or if it is trying, that's where it fails, as Schramm effectively points out.

ding said...

so, uh, how could we be more 'fair' to joe francis?

he's rich, not in jail, powerful and protected by a shark of a lawyer. seems fair to me.

June said...

I hope the sicko gets what he deserves for doing what he did. Joe Francis has exploited so many young women. It makes me sick just reading the case.