Sex gadget expose on Mississippi tv news (where they're illegal)


53 Responses to “Sex gadget expose on Mississippi tv news (where they're illegal)”

  1. csbmonkey says:

    Dildos are only sensationalist to sexless TV reporters and their grandmothers that are watching their show.

    I am flabbergasted that anyone still watches television news at all anymore. I haven’t watched it for nearly ten years. It’s just abysmal. The dying gasps of a bygone era known as the 70s, when Ted Baxters roamed the country in clouds of hair spray and dusty white cocaine residue.


  2. IWood says:

    Local news is, without fail, witless and inane. This particular brand of witless inanity is just a reflection of the station management’s view of the local market.

    For example: here in Santa Barbara, local news thinks we’re all afraid of a) fire c) mudslides and c) teenage Mexican hooligans. So each newscast typically starts with a story about a fire, an earthy deluge, or a stabbing, or, if none of those things has happened, a teaser about The New Danger: Teenage Self-Combusting Mexican Mud Thugs! But first, local traffic and weather.

    So, in this Mississippi town, the Channel 3 managerial perception is that the populace is a’feared of the fake penises with their buzzing and their heathen promises of moist penetration.


  3. dculberson says:

    Ill Lich , (#27) you’re right on there. Everyone should hear This American Life’s episode 344, “The Competition.” The second segment is about a guy that was smeared by local news over an over-10-year-old statutory rape charge that had been dismissed. He was working at an ice rink and the employer knew of the case and had no incidents, etc, etc. One local station chose not to run with the story, another one did. And ran, and ran, totally messing up this guy’s life. For no reason beyond a ratings push.

    It’s pretty sad.

  4. DMcK says:

    Hey all you “so-what-big-whoop-language-’evolves’” lowlifes: please visit the web site of these dauntless crusaders for proper usage, against the devolution of language:

    No word on their opinion of dildo law, though, so getting back on track: FREE THE DILDOS! DILDOS FOREVER! VIVA LOS DILDOES! Dildos dildos dildos dildos hhhaahhhrrmmmhhhggh

  5. Maddy says:

    as they say in Alabama “god bless Mississippi” … it makes the rest of us feel so much better about our lot in life …

  6. teflon says:

    @ #47: I guess the anchors for WLBT will not be dining out any more!

    I also find it ironic that the station call letters are “WLBT” – It could only have been more ironic if the call letters were “GLBT”.

  7. MattBrady says:

    “Teenage Self-Combusting Mexican Mud Thugs”

    Didn’t they team up with the TMNT?

  8. fnc says:

    My favorite local news inanity was committed by a station here in Phoenix, AZ. After an earthquake in the northeast portion of the state this station decided that rather than ask a geologist about some of the mechanics of the movements of the earth in the area, it would be better to play a recorded message from a local senior citizen who called that day insisting his parrot had squawked loudly and fallen off of his perch at exactly the moment the earthquake occurred hundreds of miles away. And they showed a stock photo of a gray parrot as the man’s voice was played back. To this day, I don’t know if it was intended to be actual news or just some sort of joke.

  9. shakespear says:

    People are supposed to spell correctly on teh interweb?

    Guess you have never been to /b/…

    /from MS

  10. Takuan says:

    illegal to sell, how about give them away? Send
    Emissionaries with truckloads of donated vibrators.
    Flood the state, drop them off at churches.

  11. teflon says:

    @52 – First actual LOL of all these posts – kudos!

  12. Wareq says:

    The nitwits held onto prohibition of alcohol until 1966. Good luck ever getting them to come around to the idea that pleasure is OK.

  13. Porsupah says:

    33: can we make a nice, large “For Amusement Purposes Only” sign, and have it hung on the state legislature’s building?

    44: or even just have thousands of dildos (oddly, OS X’s speelchucker objects to that plural, as well as “dildoes”) on tiny parachutes, as part of a state-wide UN humanitarian airdrop?

  14. noen says:

    This is what they want to turn America into.

  15. Keneke says:

    Here in Alabama, we have similar laws that we re passed 5 or so years ago. The law was fought long and hard (huhhuh) by activists in the state, and it went all teh way to the state supreme court before being struck down. In the end, a fine line was drawn – you can’t sell them, but you can own them, bring them back from wherever, or buy them online.

    Or can’t you? There’s a loophole in the state law that such things can be sold for medicinal or humorous reasons. Therefore, all the adult stores in the state, barring being able to explain how EVERY item in their store is good for your health, have adorned their sales floors with gag gifts, lingerie, and adult magazines and video, all of which are still legal to sell. Even the most hedonistic of vibrators still have “For Amusement Purposes Only” stickers on them.

    So really, not much changed when the law passed.

  16. arrghiamapirate says:

    I live about two miles away from a sex store in Columbus Mississippi. Phantasyland just so happens to be located on a busy stretch of the ironically named Highway 69 South. The cops raided them about 6 years back and confiscated all the artificial phalluses. 2000+ or so. They eventually had to return them because they were deemed novelty items. Since then it has grown into a two story megastore of sexually themed ‘novelty’, videos, S+M equipment and lingerie.

  17. Takuan says:

    What are these people thinking? The entire “news” piece is almost surreal in its utter pointlessness.

  18. dculberson says:

    If having orgasms is criminal, then only criminals will have orgasms.

  19. Takuan says:

    can’t someone please write the Kandiss Rap. Sample the video, make her famous forever!

  20. Takuan says:

    FEBRUARY 1–Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282,

  21. brooklyntwang says:

    I like that the only description they give of what objects are not permitted is that they are “three dimensional”. Oh noes, its a Three Dimensional Object!

  22. libelle says:

    Irregardless of weather its misuse of “beg the question” is literally a mute point.

    Do I win?

    As for the actual subject, it never ceases to amaze me how we as a culture welcome violence (war toys are fine) but fear sexuality. We’re obsessed with both.

  23. ernie says:

    The problem is that if we let the shops slide on innocent purple vibrators today, tomorrow the place will fill up with cock rings and life-like jelly dongs. How do cock rings and jelly dongs help you relax when your arm hurts? Explain that to me.


  24. Takuan says:

    three dimensional eh? how about selling slices that can be glued up?

  25. Chemical Orphan says:

    To beg the question does not mean “to raise the question.”

  26. peteprkr says:

    Looks to me like she could use some quality time with her purchase…

  27. strathmeyer says:

    Why would a female reporter do an expose on a law that subjugates women? It’s like when I see women carrying anti-abortion signs…

  28. dculberson says:

    Even the most hedonistic of vibrators still have “For Amusement Purposes Only” stickers on them.

    Hey, they probably do provide a lot of amusement!

  29. Takuan says:

    she is an actor,not a reporter

  30. csbmonkey says:

    FEBRUARY 1–Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282,

    Next thing you know, no porn OR INTERNET CONNECTIONS to anyone purchasing those items with suspiciously crusty stains on their pants.

  31. a random John says:


    Y r ls jrnlst, crrct? nd y’r pstng n prtty gky st, n? Mny f yr rdrs hv dgrs tht rqrd thm t s th trm “bggng th qstn” prprly. wld thnk tht t f cnsdrtn fr th dmgrphcs f yr rdrshp nd th fct tht y s th wrd “rprtr” n qts n ths stry tht y wld tk th cr t s th trm “rss th qstn” f tht s n fct wht y mn t sy.

  32. says:

    how come nobody is up in arms about “irregardless”?

    it’s non-standard and illogical…

  33. csbmonkey says:

    I’ve seen “begs the question” misused so often by so many people who should know better that I have given up on it ever being used properly by anyone outside of rhetoric of philosophy classes. Best to roll my eyes and say “Yeah, that person really should know better.” The one that bugged me the most was, oddly enough, the silliest one. Gil on CSI misused it in this way, which is entirely contrary to the character that the writers are trying to portray. They want to make him seem like an erudite intellectual. Using “begs the question” as “leads us to ask” pretty much is like having him say “I love this organic salt on my potatoes!” as a chemist.

    Chemistry folks (and science nerds) hate that “organic” was co-opted as a silly marketing term that was then coerced into being a genuine term in use by the FDA that supposedly means something.

  34. Jeremy A says:

    @ 11

    I would hope that all these people who know the meaning of “begs the question” also know the meaning of quotation marks.

  35. cank says:

    If enough people misappropriate the term “beg the question” when they mean “raise the question,” then it actually does mean “raise the question.” This is how English has always evolved, and will continue to do so long irregardless of our protests.

  36. MHotel says:

    attn “begs the question” freakos: Xeni quoted an article. The person whose piece she quoted will never see your failed attempts at ridding the English language of its inconsistensies. Please drink more beer until the urge to correct subsides.

  37. flipa says:


    A Random John,

    you’re complaining to the wrong person. It’s a quote from Cory Silverberg’s post.

    And anyways, condescendence is just not nice.

  38. Fnarf says:

    That’s “condescension”, you freak. Kidding! Don’t steal my vowels!

    As for “organic”, many people are upset that words in the English language can have more than one meaning. This usually passes with time.

  39. OsoMan says:

    I love the fact that they’re all freaked out about some dildos but have no problem with the segment being sponsored by a casio! FTW?

    Thats akin to Jack Daniels outfitting the anti-narc squad.

  40. Antinous says:

    I came for dildoes and I got grammar corrections? You people really know how to have a good time.

  41. flipa says:


    Both are correct! I think.

  42. csbmonkey says:

    “As for “organic”, many people are upset that words in the English language can have more than one meaning.”

    *heh* Misappropriated technical terms in particular are the ones that cause the most consternation, of course, because they often end up meaning exactly the opposite of the original.

    Need I drag “virtually” into this discussion as a beaten, batter and bruised example of a word that has taken on the opposite meaning of its genuine meaning? :)

  43. Takuan says:

    When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,’ it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’

  44. csbmonkey says:

    “Please drink more beer until the urge to correct subsides.”

    Oh, don’t worry about that. I am planning on correcting the lack of beer today at 5 PM:

  45. Ex-Fed says:

    I note that the undercover reporter is in compliance with federal law requiring local news personalities to have at least one grotesquely misspelled name.

  46. ill lich says:

    The modern TV “news” media is desperate to invent controversy so they can sell ad-space. I’m impressed that the cops didn’t care, although maybe their superiors will scold them and they’ll be forced to arrest someone.

    I keep expecting Maude Flanders to jump out and scream “But WHO will think of the CHILDREN??!!”

  47. Landowner says:

    Hey drkwds btchng about “beg the question”. Do I have to purchase your silence with my fist of death?

    I saw this kind of crap in Atlanta about 10 years ago. Such impossible hypocrisy. Here is a city where the phone book has about 200 pages crammed full of phone numbers for “escort” services, and more porn shops than gas stations.
    Yet they are all worried about dildos.

  48. Jeff says:

    Cank makes the point that Egnlish is Dynamic–it changes. Which begs the question, why? The answer is because it reflects a dynamic culture that changes over time.

  49. Cory says:

    @13 Thanks for being the first to point out that this inexcusable error was mine and not Xeni’s.

    To everyone else, this is why I LOVE BoingBoing! Where else do you find a group of people equally interested in sex toys usage and language usage?

    I’m 37 and have been unknowingly misusing “begs the question” all my life and this is the first time I’ve been corrected. Thanks for the education and for caring enough about your rights to be outraged by the actual point of my post.

  50. HorsePunchKid says:

    @Chemical Orphan et al.: I beg to differ…

  51. MattBrady says:

    My local am radio jocks were talking about this, and figured that, given the “reporter” is reasonably good looking, and the “topic,” this was basically her push to get herself noticed by other markets. It’s all over the internets today, people are talking about it, she’s bland in personality, good enough looking, and can read a script. I think she’s an evil news genius who will soon be on CNN, MSNBC or Fox.

  52. word_virus says:

    It’s a sweeps month, people. Sensationalism is the name of the game.

  53. Village Idiot says:

    First they came for the dildos,
    and I didn’t speak up because I didn’t use a dildo.

    Then they came for the butt plugs,
    and I didn’t speak up because I did not plug my butt.

    Then they came for the Magic Clit-Flickers,
    and I didn’t speak up because I had no clit to flick.

    Finally they couldn’t come anymore,
    and really just wanted to make sure I couldn’t either.

    America is the most over-sexed yet under-laid country in history, I think. Sad, really, to think about how much more fun so many people could have been having in their lives, but were unable to relax enough to achieve. Explains a lot, too.

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