Joe Francis, the founder of Girls Gone Wild, is the worst. Hands down. OBVIOUSLY. There should be an entire prison island built just for him. “This planet is a game preserve.” (Predators, in theaters July 9.) But after yesterday’s revelations that Mel Gibson went on a screaming racist tirade over voicemail (???!!!!????), Joe Francis, who is engaged to be married (???!!!!????) has, in a surprising move, become “better” than Mel Gibson after making the following statement (via popeater):
“We have chosen to have a civil domestic partnership because we don’t believe it’s appropriate to be married until our gay and lesbian friends are afforded the same rights as us to legally marry in the United States.”
Whoa. I mean, how Joe Francis chooses to drag another human being down into the wretched despair of his miserable life is BESIDE THE POINT. (And actually, I am not even sure I really agree with these types of grandiose political statements in the fight for gay marriage. Like, I totally understand thinking that marriage itself is an arcane system of wealth consolidation steeped in patriarchal misogyny and as such is a social construct that one might want nothing to do with. THAT makes sense to me. And wanting gay people to have all of the rights and privileges of straight people because of how in both cases they are just people: that makes sense to me. But it’s not like Joe Francis getting a civil domestic partnership is going to move the needle ONE INCH on this genuinely important issue. Just get married, Joe Francis. While someone is willing to marry you.) But you have to admit, “we don’t believe it’s appropriate to be married until our gay and lesbian friends are afforded the same rights as us to legally marry in the United States” is way better than “You look like a fucking pig in heat and if you get raped by a pack of niggers it will be your fault.”
It is but a tiny step up the ladder, but Joe Francis is officially the SECOND worst person on Earth.