The Internet caught fire yesterday with the posting of a Gawker news article, “I had a one night stand with Christine O’Donnell”—and now supporters and foes of the anti-masturbation advocate and GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware are denouncing the article as sexist mudslinging.
Gawker paid “a modest sum” for the unnamed man to tell his tale of his night with O’Donnell, and the article has since received more than 200,000 page views. The article itself had little to say about O’Donnell’s character (save for the fact that she doesn’t wax and that she spent a night with a guy who didn’t call back) and nothing about her political views, so now the right and left blogosphere say the piece crosses the line.
The National Organization of Women said, “Sexist, misogynist attacks against women have no place in the electoral process, regardless of a particular candidate's political ideology.” And right-sided darling Meghan McCain tweeted, “I am no fan of O'Donnell but what Gawker has done is disgusting and vile and once again not showcasing the real issues in this election.” And it does beg the question; would Gawker have paid for the story if it had been in regards to a male candidate?
Lindsay Lohan is out of money for rehab—or so she says—but now two volunteers have stepped up to offer her the cash to attend the Betty Ford Clinic: PETA and porn site Tube8.
Of course, Tube8 hasn’t proposed to pay Lindsay her required $50,000 sum for live-camming lewd acts before an eager subscriber audience—the site instead wants her to be their “marketing consultant,” (what?) with the added bonus of free access to their site. That’s $50,000 worth of free porn, which seems way cooler but perhaps less altruistic than PETA’s offer.
Or not. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk told the Los Angeles Times, “Lindsay Lohan is the most visible example of a real addict, and if she can conquer her addiction to meat and cheese, absolutely anyone can.” Uh…shouldn’t she work on her cocaine addiction first? Meat and cheese are still legal, last we checked.
Just in time for the elections this Tuesday (you’re going to go out and vote, right?), The Boston Phoenix has contributed to the campaign discourse by imagining the sexcapades of some of our favorite (and least favorite) political pundits and candidates. Yes, get ready for some Political Slash Fic.
Slash Fic, of course, is a subset of Fan Fiction, which combines (sometimes) artfully-written erotica and raunchy situations between two same-sex figures of popular interest. Think Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, Kate and Sun from Lost, Captain Kirk and Captain Picard, all getting it on.
Now, think John Kerry and sexy Sen. Scott Brown, Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin—there’s even a Jon Stewart/Anderson Cooper/Rachel Maddow threesome! Arousing and civic-minded. Just what we need to get all riled up for the polls.