Joe Francis: Girls Gone Wild Founder, Violent Thug, Rapist

Breasts make men crazy. The hypnotic jiggling of rose-tipped orbs have been enough to make men do all sorts of insane things: bungee jump, wear leather pants, claim to have coined the phrase “Pardon my French.”

And what does a lifetime of staring at breasts get you? Joe Francis, creator of the Girls Gone Wild video series.

‘Baby, Give Me a Kiss’ is an absolutely riveting expose of Francis… so creepy and so well-written that it would be an injustice to fully try to describe it here. Just take our word for it and go read it.

It starts with Francis grabbing Claire Hoffman, the writer of the piece, by the back of her neck, slamming her down on the hood of his car and attempting to break her arm. It ends with Francis raping an 18 year old girl. And, perhaps saddest of all, it exposes some of the more troubling aspects of a young generation that makes role-models of porn stars and Page Six celebrities.

An absolute must read.

Baby, Give Me A Kiss [LA Times] (Image courtesy of Boing Boing)

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  1. Jeez. The guy sounds like…well, he sounds like a spoiled USC dick.

    I have to agree that the whole situation is troubling. I’m not that long out of college myself – in New Orleans, of all places – and I don’t recall any of this kind of nutty behavior.

    I’m no prude, trust me. But are teens today so disconnected that they think this kind of behavior (especially posting embarrassing pictures and words on places like myspace) will have no repercussions? Are they going to end up like Melanie Martinez, the actress who was fired from her children’s show gig on PBS for simply appearing in a spoof of a commercial promoting teen abstinence?

    Folks, anything posted on the Internet is forever. Delete your blog, and it will live on, no matter what. Show your boobs on a DVD, and chances are it will come back to haunt you in one way or the other.

    Every generation thinks that the next one to come along is less wise, but many of the ‘party kids’ I’ve spoken to or interacted are simply dense beyond compare.

  2. RumorsDaily says:

    The next generation isn’t less wise than the current one, it’s just that the stupid people in the next generation are less wise than you are. You weren’t stupid, so you didn’t interact with these people when you were young, but they’re there. They’re always there. It’s a mistake to blame this on the kids these days.

    That being said, this is a great, great article.

  3. RandomHookup says:

    Gee, back in my day all we had to worry about was a random Polaroid or two.

  4. Mary Marsala with Fries says:

    This is an amazing article, though I can’t imagine how long its author is going to have to be in therapy…me, I’d be in jail, for shanking this asshole in the night.

    That said, high school is 12 years gone for me, and we didn’t have MySpace of course, but I DO remember this sort of thing, especially the pervasive atmosphere of needing to be seen and admired at all costs. I’m so glad this writer took the time to point out that this isn’t a case of “one bad guy”, but rather “one scumbag taking advantage of a nasty situation”. It’s going to be up to the saner adult women in this country to re-educate the younger women before it’s too late. Well…too later.

    I got in trouble a lot when I was about 18, myself…for showing a decidedly aggressive, sometimes violent response to people like Francis and his entourage. For various reasons, I was super-sensitive to being made to feel like I wasn’t good enough unless I made myself available as a sex object. It made for a rough young adulthood…but reading this, I PRAY my daughter gets popped for carrying knives and screaming insults at scantily-clad party girls and attacking drunken men. It beats the hell out of the alternative.

  5. Paul D says:

    Dirtbag.

    I wouldn’t piss down his throat if his heart was on fire.

  6. Lesley says:

    If I ever encounter this pathetic neanderthal in person, I will risk jail to tell him and show him how despicable I think he is. And I’d love for him to learn the real definition of anally raped; maybe then he wouldn’t throw the term around so nonchalantly.

  7. etinterrapax says:

    If anything is “kids these days,” it’s not that the behaviors are different, but that the technology and the possibility for public exposure, is so much bigger than it was when I was in high school. But they still have the same perception of privacy that I had, at least on some level. It takes a lot of the harmlessness out of experimentation and rebellion.

  8. I’m with Mary, Paul and Lesley on this one. The guy is a dirtbag and if this were a just and deserving world, Francis would be dead in a gutter somewhere.

    But hey, you live a life this evil, take advantage of enough people and piss on so many, eventually it will come back to get you. Someday, he’ll meet a bigger dick, or take advantage of the wrong girl, and we’ll be happy to read the obituary that day. I just hope it’s videotaped so we can all see…;-)

  9. What I liked about the article was that it made Francis out to be as vulnerable and small as he actually is. Part of him has to feel gross about who he is, like every frat boy I’ve ever met, somewhere deep down, everything is a product of intense self loathing.

    Also: where’s the fallout? There must be some official press release or lawsuit style rebuttal from the Francis camp.

  10. Pelagius says:

    “”He’s one of those guys who has money and does whatever he wants to,”
    [police officer] Coary continues. “I would’ve been happy to put the guy
    in jail.”

    Dude, his dad owns a dealership.

  11. Drinker Nisti says:

    And don’t forget the part where he calls up Hoffman’s editor in an attempt to quash the piece, claiming she has a crush on him and is a woman scorned…

    I hope the LA Times offered Hoffman hazard pay.

    Makes one think a lot less of Comedy Central for taking Francis’s ads…

  12. This creep should be in jail.

    Is it too late for the author to press charges?

  13. mactbone says:

    “Dude, it’s DP around the ladies.”

    He’s very consistent in his persistence that every girl really wants to be with him. He took the warped reality in his mind and constructed it around himself. He really believes that the girls that he poses with are there because of the person he is and not the entity he represents.

  14. you mean there were generations which did not make role models from porn stars and page six celebs? what generation was that?

  15. So do we now not feel sorry for when he was mugged, extorted, and videotaped?

    ‘The intruder forced Francis to lie on his bed with his pants down, then switched on a video camera and is heard on the tape saying, “I’m not a fag, but I am going to make the owner of Girls Gone Wild look like a fag. I am going to put this on the Internet and make money.” The video lasts only a few minutes, long enough for Francis to identify himself and mumble that he enjoys anal sex. He made the statement, the police report details, fearing for his life. Police say no sexual assault occurred.’

    http://www.defamer.com/hollywood/celebrity-jurisprudence/j

  16. Mr. Gunn says:

    She started, revisited, and finished with the bit about him putting her in a submission hold to show what the police did to him.

    I really don’t care what some reporter thinks of him. Everyone knows he’s pretty much a douchebag, but the job of a reporter is to rise above her feelings and stick to the facts without editorializing. In failing to do so she showed immaturity, no class, and came off looking vindictive.

  17. LintMan says:

    Grady, I disagree. You seem to be implying that because “everyone” knows he’s a jerk that she should gloss over or ignore his disturbing behavior? (Personally, before this article, I didn’t know anything at all about this guy.)

    She was doing a profile piece, spending the day with the guy. The whole assault on her and his behavior and accusations afterwards have *great* relevance to the article as part of what she saw of his behavior. Detailing that stuff is not editorializing, it’s relevant data. Saying she should “eise above her feelings” sounds to me like asking for her to cover it up.

    Her article was a heck of a lot more fair than I would have been in the circumstances. She even printed the lame excuse his producer gave for his behavior.

  18. Grady said: but the job of a reporter is to rise above her feelings and stick to the facts without editorializing. In failing to do so she showed immaturity, no class, and came off looking vindictive.

    This story was for the LA Times West Magazine, a lifestyle publication – not a news publication.

    Lintman said:

    She was doing a profile piece, spending the day with the guy.

    Exactly. Her feelings were relevant, indeed central to the piece.

    But it’s nice to see everyone is in agreement that he’s sleaze. Who wants to start needling Comedy Central to stop running his crappy, annoying ads?