Monday, January 11th, 2010
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TMZ Thinks the Epidemic of Prison Rape Is Hilarious

Good GriefDear TMZ,

Your recent email blast of this morning? The one headlined "TMZ EXCLUSIVE: Balloon Dad — Don't Worry About Dropping Soap," which begins "Richard Heene won't have to worry about the "shower situation" in lockdown — TMZ has learned dude will get to shower alone"? This suggests that you require some forcible reeducation. (Particularly as you are an outfit with a gay man in charge.) We hereby sentence you to read the Human Rights Watch paper on prison rape and also to get, for the office, a guest speaker from Just Detention International. Here, you can read testimony from people who have been raped in prison. Also maybe you could donate to stop the epidemic of prison rape in juvenile facilities? Alternately, you could just not be evil, smirky shitheels.

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jolie (#16)

Oh hey, that first tag isn't awkward at all.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Dear Awl,

Your recent post of this morning? The one that contained the line "you could just not be evil, smirky shitheels" in regard to TMZ? This suggests you require some reeducation re: the fundamental nature and business model (if there is a difference) of TMZ.

-Dr. D

Corpsicle (#2,953)

Your conclusion fails to follow from your premise. Jokes about soap-dropping have been around a lot longer than the current epidemic of prison rape. TMZ may be evil, smirky shitheels, but does that justify putting a prudish, humorless read on everything? As if Richard Heene doesn't deserve to be the butt of this kind of joke.

Pun *very* intended.

conklin (#364)

Yeahbut, that's also part of the problem with TMZ. TMZ seems to traffic extensively in this category of "mushy cliches that are constantly repeated by people in the lower half of the fattest part of the bell curve, for laughs, totally reflexively."

Which squares entirely with my impression of TMZ based on the 15 or so minutes I've seen of their television show. They come across as a pod of glassy-eyed organ sacs who sit around and laugh all the time for no discernible reason.

the teeth (#380)

"lower half of the fattest part of the bell curve"?

That is what she said, totes reflexive.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Unfortunately, I'd wager that prison rape has probably been around a lot longer than whichever "current epidemic" to which you refer.

Corpsicle (#2,953)

My point, in a nutshell.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I agree with this post. You don't have to endorse rape to be crass and humorless.

HiredGoons (#603)

Meanwhile they covered Roman Polasnki with feigned disgust.

Morals of convenience!

Tuna Surprise (#573)

Are there any other kind?

NicFit (#616)

Thanks for calling them out on this. People in this country constantly joke around about prison rape, as if it were some sort of just punishment. I don't care what you do, "rape" is not a constitutional sentence in this country (or any other that I know of). The fact that so many people make sly references to this scourge speaks to our society's revenge-based, populist justice system.

Ultimately, we shouldn't imprison people we are mad at, we should imprison people we are afraid of.

jolie (#16)

This.

Abe Sauer (#148)

another gay man… another ass rape joke. sigh.,
http://perezhilton.com/2009-12-15-lil-wayne-sets-a-date

geoff (#2,957)

what's so odd about that headline is that harvey levin is gay as a freaking rainbow. why harvey why!

6h057 (#1,914)

Do you think Richard Heene's prison mates will encourage him to lie about being raped only to plot a prison break where he absconders them in ingeniously fashioned large foil flotation device?

Or maybe they can hide in his asshole.

HiredGoons (#603)

I'm pretty sure 'asshole' constitutes the entirety of his being.

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