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Dear Florida Governor Charlie Crist, If You Can't Charge Joe Francis With Hate Speech, Here's An Idea

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Joel Stein's story about the jailbound Joe Francis in the April GQ begins with Joe remembering the first time they met one another, six years ago; God it was great. They'd been in the Girls Gone Wild tour bus, watching the crew tape some chick on a bunk bed. Joe had told Joel to fill a Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle with water, and the girl poured it on her tits and shoved the neck of the bottle in her pussy, and sometime around then her cell phone rang. The number, she said, was her boyfriend's. So Joe Francis flipped it open gleefully — you can almost see him doing it — and announced his identity and that he was watching the caller's girlfriend shove a Mike's Hard Lemonade up her vagina. "His eyes went manic," Joel recalls of the moment, and no doubt they went manic again in fond memory of the event, because now he is in jail, although we can't seem to get rid of him, as evidenced by his charming statements touting his footage of famed Spitzer hooker Ashley Dupre at the tender age of 17: "Our footage is from when she was 18-years-old, and it doesn't get much better than that. Eliot Spitzer has put some miles on that girl!" But wait, the depressing part is here:

All the local Florida papers and Web sites are clogged with ads telling people to visit Meetjoefrancis.com, where they are directed to write a letter to Florida governor Charlie Crist, who has been so bombarded that he called Francis's lawyer and said he'd look into the case.

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They have been bombarded because MeetJoeFrancis has a form that, with the mere addition of one's name and email address, will send this email to Charlie Crist's office:

Dear Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum & the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE):

As a citizen who cares deeply about due process and justice in our country, I am very concerned about the set of circumstances surrounding Joe Francis' criminal charges and incarceration without bail. At the very least there is the appearance of wide spread [sic] misconduct by public officials, including possible illegal acts enacted by officials such as State Attorney Steve Meadows in an effort to put Mr. Francis in jail and deprive him of his rights.

My concern in this matter is neither an approval nor disapproval of Girls Gone Wild as a lifestyle brand, but rather a concern that Florida public officials are using their own personal beliefs in order to selectively prosecute someone whom they disagree with.

For this reason I urge you to call upon the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct an impartial investigation of the events surrounding the charges that have been brought against Joe Francis - both criminal and civil, beginning in 2003 and continuing into the present - and the forced civil settlement so that the public officials in Bay County will either be exonerated from any taint of impropriety, or be held accountable for any misdeeds.

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Okay, Governor Charlie Crist, here is all we really have to say on this matter: I don't need to know your proclivities or personal beliefs, your feelings about whores or the moral degradation or the one's First Amendment Rights, but as a woman, I read about Joe Francis and begin to feel lightheaded and short of breath, as if someone is trying to choke me with my own bile. Is it possible what Joe Francis does might qualify not as pornography, but as hate speech? Please, especially if your eyes glaze over at the sort of casual misogyny with which he and so many others — many, I'm sure in your state — disdain the compliant young tartlets like Ashley Dupre, give some consideration to this quote:

Francis says jail is totally different from what he'd expected from movies. He's seen only one fight and hasn't heard of any sexual assaults. "Nothing will ever happen to me in jail. I'm a god. I'm the cool Girls Gone Wild guy. I'm revered. I'm a rock star," he says. Still, he avoids the other inmates, often going a week without talking to one. "The one thing I fear is one of these fucking people showing up at my house. I'm a different class. They're dumb. They're the people you see on Cops. Those are the people you see in jail."

And direct your assistant to set a special spam filter to catch all these mindless auto-petitions, so you can collect each and every one of emails used to send one and spam them in reply with, fuck, Barack Obama's speech. The past isn't dead and buried, in fact, it isn't even past. The only thing that is in the past is my tolerance for this motherfucker.

The Prisoner In Cell Block DD [GQ]

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@marin79: He is all part of the fame machine. He's out there convincing drunken co-eds that their dreams of stardom will be fulfilled, if only they will play with themselves on camera.

Honestly, 1st Amendment aside, where is the moral outrage from the right wing on this guy? Family values? Does this creep look like he's promoting family values? Is Jerry Falwell busy condemning this guy? How about Oprah? How about pinning this guy down on 60 Minutes and letting the world see what an elitist prick he is?!? Why not bring him on Larry King and let the callers have at him!?!

In this age, we have to take morons like this and run them into the ground. It starts here, with Jezebel, but it has to continue, and it has to spread, and it has to grow. We have to light a fire of righteous indignation under enough people that crowds will camp outside the jail with torches, bearing signs that indicate perhaps the nice cozy cell is a good place for him to stay. I'm all for due process, but at the end of the day, there may be no crime that will do enough damage to him to make him stop. It will be up to us, the people who see him for what he is, to take the fight to his door and make it impossible for him to work his foulness on other women.