Monday, September 24, 2007

"Hip, hip, hypocricy"

Today KC Johnson posted The Hypocrisy of Durham "Activists." Given its subject matter, the post is lengthy. But it's very well done. I hope you give it a look.

KC's post reminded me of one I put up on May 6, 2006: Duke lacrosse and "hip, hip, hypocrisy." It follows, after which I add a few comments.

Barry Jacobs is Chairman of The Orange County Board of Commissioners. Orange borders Durham County and includes the town of Chapel Hill and the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Jacobs regularly writes about women’s sports. Recently he sounded off in response to the Duke lacrosse case and made linkages to things liberal/leftists like to call “the larger truths.” Here's some of what Jacobs says:

Under the best of circumstances, collegiate athletic competition involving women--most often condescendingly called "ladies" or "girls" by the sports media--routinely commands second-class coverage. […]

The off-field excesses of the Duke lacrosse team (men's) [provide] a dark and hurtful reminder of larger truths about sex, race and privilege.

How must female athletes, black and white, look at their male counterparts after such an episode, or rather how must they imagine their male counterparts look at them?

And, if boys-will-be-boys is tolerated by athletic administrators, where does a woman turn for support? […]
Jacobs serves up a lot more just like that and closes with:
But celebration of the ACC [women's basketball's]transcendent season was cut short by tales of racism, alcohol abuse and alleged sexual assault perpetuated (sic) by male Duke athletes. In this, too, the lacrosse team and its excesses served to victimize women.
Jacobs' piece appeared in the Apr. 12 edition of The Independent, a free, weekly newspaper with strong social and political appeal to the region’s “progressive community.”

The Independent survives on advertising revenue. Some of it comes from restaurants, bars advertising happy hours, book stores, and such.

But a lot of The Independent’s revenue comes from what Jacobs could tell you is a special niche market. The Independent pretty much has the market to itself because most other publications avoid it if they can.

I wish Jacobs was here to tell us what he calls the market. We’ll just have to do with a few examples. These ads are from the Mar. 29 Independent:

Introducing five brand new co-ed hotties to your area for the next three weeks only. Check out our pics online. Offering one-of-a –kind two girl shows. In or Out. Call: XXXX (No contact information will be provided in this post - JinC)

XXXX (ad title is also an internet address)

For the best of exotic dance, massage and entertainment try our ladies. Also selectively hiring
There are a lot more ads with titles such as BIG, SEXY & READY and PARTY, PARTY, PARTY. There’s even one that claims it provides “schedules, reviews & profiles” of other ESCORT SITES.

The Indy, as Jacobs calls it, has pages of ads with photos inviting readers to TRY IT and contact LOCAL DATELINE which bills itself as CASUAL, INTIMATE, and JUST FUN.

Speaking of bills, the ads often remind readers to have a Visa or Amex ready.

If you’re in Durham or anywhere else in the Triangle you can pick up a copy of The Indy most anywhere. The Indy must have at least 5 distribution points at Duke, including one in the lobby of the Bryan Student Center. Duke undergrads are a major target group for most Indy advertisers.

The Indy’s very popular at Duke. The other day I must have seen about 10 copies of it on desks and tables at the Divinity School.

In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn the lacrosse players who hired the exotic dancers found their contact information in The Indy.

I’ll bet it wouldn’t surprise Jacobs, either.

Now a little advice for all of you: If you’re ever speaking before the Orange County Commissioners, for goodness sakes don’t slip up and call a group of women "ladies" or "girls."

You know how mad that makes Commissioner Barry Jacobs.

Now, for Commissioner Jacobs, let’s everybody get up and shout, "Hip, hip, hypocrisy!"

I’m emailing Jacobs a link to this post. I’ll let you know if I hear anything back.

If you’d like to contact Jacobs his email is:
URL to full text of Jacobs' article:



I’ll bet many of you remember last May and the vicious trashing the members of Duke’s Women’s lacrosse team were subjected to by some in MSM for doing no more than speaking the truth: “Innocent!”

The Duke women were trashed just weeks after Jacobs complained women athletes are “often condescendingly called "ladies" or "girls" by the sports media” and opined on the “larger truths about sex, race and privilege.”

But I don’t recall Barry Jacobs ever writing anything critical of his fellow journalists who trashed the Duke Women athletes.

I’ll email him tonight and check just to be sure. I’ll let you know if he responds.

He didn’t the last time.

Perhaps that’s because I didn’t send along a big, busty campaign contribution. Friends tell me Jacobs always responds to them. In fact they say he even acknowledges small ones.
Stay tuned.



Anonymous said...

These women were and are heroines. Just looking at their pictures, it was clear they were fine young ladies. For me, part of the "Wait a minute moment" was reading this kind of trash. The "gals" message infuriated me, particulary as he called others women. The obvious bias and lies told by the media helped bring a lot of good attention to this event.

habitat said...

Barry Jacobs,
What are/were you thinking?
Is this your lifestyle?
Do you honestly believe this is appropriate behaviour - for you? or for your targeted audience?

Anonymous said...


"The off-field excesses of the Duke lacrosse team (men's) [provide] a dark and hurtful reminder of larger truths about sex, race and privilege."

Complete unadulterated gobbleygook.
No wonder the paper is free.