Perhaps you’ll recall the LA Times story from last summer wherein journalist Claire Hoffman recounts the physical and verbal abuse she endured while interviewing repulsive “Girls Gone Wild” slimebag pornographer Joe Francis. Hoffman’s story begins thusly:
“Joe Francis [...] has my face pressed against the hood of a car, my arms twisted hard behind my back. He’s pushing himself against me, shouting: ‘This is what they did to me in Panama City!’”
If your constitution is sound, read the whole thing for colorful background information on Francis and his roving band of camera-wielding rapist minions here.
So what’s the good news, you ask? Blamer Liz Ladd of Bloomington Indiana has, with the help of other community activists, actually succeeded in shutting down a Girls Gone Wild event in her town. Here is her report, received via email this morning at Twisty HQ :
A week or so ago, I noticed that Girls Gone Wild, the problems I have with which I’m sure you can surmise, was coming to my town. I didn’t suppose that I could shut the event down altogether, but I thought I could at least warn some people that the folks they’d be taking off their clothes for were rapists. So I started raising awareness in my own little way: started a facebook page and a myspace group, handed out small flyers letting people know about the rape allegations, labor issues of making porn this way, and such. Lo and behold, there were other forces at work, and better activists than me succeeded in getting the whole shebang CANCELED by, in a genius move, threatening to acquire the video taped the night of the event and show it at the board meeting at which the bar’s liquor license would be up for renewal. No manager wants to go to the trouble of making sure that everything stays legal that night, and he summarily did the “right thing” and canceled the event. ANYONE can do this in any town, no? I’ve switched over my facebook and myspace pages to telling people about this strategy.
Read a student newspaper account of Liz’s triumph here.
Here is Liz’s ‘Fuck Girls Gone Wild’ MySpace page, here’s the Facebook edition, and here’s a Livejournal entry with a sample email petition and a list of upcoming Girls Gone Wild tour dates that are crying out for intervention.
This, young onions, is what blaming is all about. Can we get a hell yeah.