Back in its glorious 1970's-1980's heyday, Hustler magazine was at the cutting edge of two things; incredibly explicit porn, and outrageously non-PC humor. Both of them captured a wide spectrum of "diversity", but I'll stick with the humor portion. The ad parodies, certain works by George Trosley, sentient genitalia, Chester the Molester, and other material ensured that Hustler was a barrel of monkeys in addition to barrels of other creatures like beavers, clams, cocks, and starfish, all kept lubricated and reciprocating with sea of oils, fluids, excretions, juices and lotions, not to mention oceans of cash.
However, Larry Flynt, the infamous founder and publisher of Hustler, also used his mag as a masthead for freedom of speech, and was at the center of several high-profile political controversies and scandals and their attendant court cases and lawsuits. Tossed among the smut like a gleaming jewel , Flynt committed character assassinations of his numerous enemies in the form of a full-page segment appropriately called Asshole of the Month. Various right-wing, bible-belching political and/or public figures were usually his targets; his consistent “portrayals” of the Reverend Jerry Falwell led to a landmark Supreme Court case which Flynt won.
Anyway, my inaugural Writer’s Beat Asshole of the Month award goes to…Ryan Messano!!! Congratulations, Ryan! Although you lost one election like a motherfucker, you also just won another fuckin’ election with an overwhelming fuckin’ landslide!
Mr. Messano, who recently ran for the Vallejo, CA school board, came in, not surprisingly, in last place, but that fact that he got over 3,000 votes also says something about Vallejo. Maybe they long for the days when men were men, women were women, and the signs over each and every anus said “DO NOT ENTER” and “EXIT ONLY”. Messano apparently took a Trump-like approach, except that he lacked the intelligence, or is simply too sadomasochistic, to realize that he essentially lives at the Ground Zero/San Andreas Fault junction of strident and militant anti-Trumpism.
For some reason, he reminds me of Dan White, who was another right-winger involved in Bay Area politics a generation ago. Very much a square peg surrounded by round, stretched-out holes, Dan White also had a habit of quitting, and then wanting reinstatement. When he didn’t get his old job back (they were very glad to see him go), White gunned down San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and openly-faggy Supervisor Harvey Milk in cold blood, yet got off with essentially a slap on the wrist due to the infamous “Twinkie Defense”. News flash for you Ryan – Twinkies only worked once.
“I blew George and Harvey’s BRAINS OUT with my…six-gun!”
Dead Kennedys version of “I Fought the Law”:
As Ryan has mentioned bazookas and machine guns in addition to assault rifles, let’s all hope that Mr. Messano doesn’t think of Dan White as a role model. Most dictatorial types are also very, very SORE losers, and Ryan’s latest offensive against women voters, presumably the ones who denied him victory, is an obvious manifestation of his supreme hatred and contempt toward those who don’t see things his way. However, I actually welcome Mr. Messano's return to WB. I actually agree with some of things he says, and he has just as much right to express himself as anyone else here does.