Friday Fun: Only in New Jersey
Sort of have been putting this post off for a while, but thought some of you might find it interesting.
“Hot Chicks with Douchbags” deflects lawsuit
A gentleman named Jay Louis published a satirical comedy book called “Hot Chicks with Douchebags” back in 2008.
Three women sued the author for defamation because of the photos published in the book, which is self-described as: “Greasy foreheads. Spiky frosted hair. Oiled-up faces dripping with Tag Body Shot spray.
Armani Exchange T-shirts and rank cologne wafting off their backs like fetid pollen clouds as they pump their fists and attempt to grind into any hotties nearby. Young beauties oblivious to the hulking monstrosity clutching at their butts like snapping turtles on Red Bull. From sea to douchey sea, ours is a culture plagued by this festering blight. By the dark forces of über-douchebaggery.
Now, for the first time, there is an answer to those questions that haunt our collective will and sap our culture of any claim to societal advance: Why hottie/douchebaggery? Why now? And why are douche-faces so silly? In this book we dissect, analyze, contemplate and mock the rank douchescrotes that pollute our country’s hottie supply on a daily basis. Every branch of the douche-tree will be examined. Every corner of our cultural rot will be exposed.”
What was the ruling?
The Smoking Gun detailed:
“A New Jersey judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by three women whose photos appeared in the book “Hot Chicks with Douchebags.”
In an amusing February 6 opinion, Superior Court Judge Menelaos Toskos ruled that author Jay Louis’s 2008 book was “replete with obvious attempts at satirical humor,” and that the inclusion of the women’s photographs were “used for humorous social commentary.” Toskos, who reported that he “carefully scrutinized” the Simon & Schuster title, pointed to several passages showing that the book was obviously satirical. “For example,” Toskos wrote, “how can a person reasonably believe that in 1981 archaeologist Renee Emile Bellaqua uncovered in a cave in Gali Israel a highly controversial Third Century religious scroll suggesting that the “douchey/hotty” coupling was a troublesome facet in early social religious structures?” The 60-year-old jurist also questioned whether a reasonable person could “believe that Jean-Paul Sartre stated ‘man is condemned to be douchey because once thrown into the world he is responsible for every douchey thing that he does.'”
Last October, Yvette Gorzelany, Joanna Obiedzinski, and Paulina Pakos sued over their appearance in the “Douchebags” book (the women had been photographed in mid-2007 while clubbing at Bliss Lounge in Clifton). As seen here, Obiedzinski (left) and Gorzelany are pictured in Louis’s book with a man representing the “Federbag” subspecies of douchebag. A photo of Pakos (above) is in a chapter offering men various “de-douchification” tips.”
Will another volume of this book come out? Do any Hoboken bars deserve to be included?