Monday, December 28, 2009

Stupidity reigns supreme

Right before I got home this afternoon, I saw an article claiming that it had an exclusive photo of JFK on a yacht with a bunch of nude women. Something seemed a bit hinky, but you know the drill. Had to get home and didn't have access to the computer til late this evening. Not surprisingly, the story turns out to be a hoax, and even better, a gossip site that ran the story fell for it (h/t):
In reality, the photo appeared in story about Playboy's "Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodied Complement of Ship's Belles." As seen in the below page from the November 1967 issue, the Playboy photo is in color. The "Exclusive" TMZ image is the same photo, just reproduced in black and white. [Click here for a side-by-side comparison of the original Playboy photo and the watermarked version published today by TMZ.]


According to the caption accompanying the Playboy photo spread, four couples were enjoying themselves on a trip to Petit Rameau, an island in the Grenadines. As "Andy" sunned himself on deck, "Elaine" dove naked into the water while "Roxanna" provocatively shimmied up a ladder. In an interview, Larry Dale Gordon, the Playboy photographer who took the yacht image, said that the man TMZ identified as Kennedy was a "paid model," as were the naked women featured in the shot.
Even better, as Charles at LGF notes, it didn't take long for the worst of the wingnut blogosphere to run with the story, and prove a complete lack of historical knowledge:
TMZ has the goods on this photo of JFK and a gaggle of naked women. Too bad the left wing pravda media protected him. Just think. For starters, we'd still have Cuba.
Only problem? Castro had already overthrown the puppet regime in Cuba in 1959. Oops. Oh well, it's a good thing that when embarrassing blog posts are published they can be easily removed without ever being seen again. Oh, wait. The Google cache is still intact.

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