Exgay Richard Cohen + Howard Stern = Tawdry Circus
It’s come to my attention some XGW readers and contributors are displeased with Howard Stern’s Sept. 15 “interview” (I use the term loosely) of Richard Cohen. I was unable to listen to the original broadcast so instead I rely on a 20-minute MP3 posted on The Malcontent. Stern neither confronts Cohen on his trail of bizarre misdeeds and claims, nor invites a guest with an opposing point of view. This is what I assume has people so upset. I, however, came to much the same conclusion as Wayne Besen, who begins his blog post so eloquently:
Former Moonie and naked cult member Richard Cohen was on Howard Stern this morning to make an ass of himself, talking about his bizarre “transformation” from gay to straight. In typical fashion, he was a buffoon and a self-promoting media ho, who plugged his book every six seconds.
Cohen is clearly willing to do anything for publicity when one considers how reviled Stern is by Cohen’s typical supporters, the religious right. As for Stern, why should he be interested in Cohen? Our very own Mike Airhart emailed me:
People go on Stern’s show to make the audience feel the lowest form of pity for them — not to achieve credibility or respect.
And that’s exactly what happened. Aside from repeatedly plugging his books and website, Cohen was able to accomplish little more than getting out a watered down version of his testimony. Stern constantly interrupted him with inappropriate and disruptive questions as one should expect on his show. Examples include Cohen being asked if he was a “power bottom” during his gay years, currently masturbates or lusts after women other than his wife. Sprinkled throughout the broadcast were a stream of pornographic sound effects. I admit I was entertained and consider the comedic highlight to be when Stern brings on a character named “Gay Ramon” wearing assless chaps and asks Stern sidekick Richard Christy to expose his shaved genitalia in hopes of eliciting a reaction from Cohen. Typical exchanges went like this:
Cohen: For me it was I didn’t bond with my dad.
Cohen: He and I weren’t… [cut off] Howard: Join the club.
Howard: And I’ll bang any chick in this room.
In case you didn’t notice I think Cohen did a nice job keeping PFOX and himself as well respected as a circus freak-show. Gee wiz, I’m so forlorn some stiff policy analyst from HRC wasn’t there to express the pro-gay point of view on Christy’s hairless cock and otherwise serve as a wet blanket.
I look forward to next week when Cohen will be appearing on Crossing Over with John Edward to channel spirits of the dead fathers of ex-gays to help them resolve their therapeutic issues. Don’t forget your tennis racquet!
Oh and did I mention Stern’s next guest on the show after Cohen was Danny Bonaduce. (Damn! I was hoping for Charo.)[FYI, the whole Crossing Over thing is a joke but everything else in this post is true.]
Mike’s Addendum: The Howard Stern Show web site summarizes the interview and provides R-rated photographs of Cohen posing with Stern’s male staffers, some of whom are naked from the waist down. Warning: Some images contain pixelated nudity and raunchy gestures.
Howard Stern has built his career on the ridicule of women and anyone else whom he deems to be sissies or bimbos.
Instead of demanding equal time to wreck one’s own credibility on an R-rated radio show for chest-beating white heterosexual males, here’s what advocates for equality and decency ought to do:
Launch a Stern alter-ego who devotes her radio show to the humorous and well-deserved humiliation of beatniks, bimbos, bashers, and Bible-butchers like James Dobson.
LOL I listened the MP3 file. Cohen made a complete a*s of himself. I wonder how the AFA is going to react to this one. Quite humourous. 😀
I’m guessing the AFA will completely ignore this – it certainly can’t help their cause (although they might not realize it.) I listened, too, and it was definitely entertaining. It’s too bad Stern apparently didn’t read Cohen’s book – if he had, there would have been MUCH more material to ridicule (e.g. the same-sex holding therapy and the claim that Cohen was ‘healed’ through an affair with a gay man while married.)
This is funny as heck. I haven’t heard Stern’s radio show, but I did tune onto his cable TV show for a few minutes every once in a while and found it disgusting as heck. The fact that Cohen went on the show to push a book that none of the listeners are likely to buy shows that he’s a buffoon.
And Crossing Over?
If the O’Reilly show’s viewers could read, they would be more likely to buy the book.
It’s not too surprising that Cohen wouldn’t be turned on by Stern’s little temptations. I wouldn’t be either.
It’s like Stern having Phyllis Diller strip to see if some guy is really straight.
It’s amusing (in an offensive kind of way) that straights so often think that gay guys are turned on by ANY other guy. “Eeeew, I don’t want some gay guy seeing me shower” is usually heard from guys that I would pay to avoid having to see naked.
Now if they bring in Brad Pitt, however,…
WTF???!!!!Of course, we always knew that guy was weird. And then there’s Stern himself… And “Ramon” left us completely cold. Oh no… does this mean we’re now EXGAY??? ack.I’m waiting to see how Griggs/PFOX are going to explain this little episode. I have a feeling someone will NOT be making further appearances at the Mongomery School District with suggestions about how best to educate young people about sexuality…
Mike, SIGN ME UP!!!
I’d do a show like that in a heartbeat. I already have experience.
And that’s why J. Nicolosi and Dobson and their minions…really, really hate me!
a. Howard Stern rules.
b. They hit the nail on the head when they pressed Cohen on his sexual fantasies. He basically gets cornered saying he doesn’t fantasize about women other than his wife. Unless he was one of those newly named asexual people, which he apparently wasn’t since he started having sexual interactions in his mid-teens, then he is still gay. Guys, even those really really religious ones (perhaps especially those), fantasize about other sexual partners (whether they act on them or not). He says it isn’t so. I say BS. He pretty much was shown to be the gay guy that he is.
Rick Santorum on the “Daily Show” I actually understand. But Cohen on Stern, that’s just too surreal. “Media Ho” is right. How many books could he sell via the Stern appearance?
PS– hoping a new post appears soon… it’s a little risky opening XGW during lunch at work!
I’m kinda hoping for a new post as well. The photo isn’t work friendly and quite honestly creeps me out.
Let’s talk about Love in Action being shut down!