Sunday, April 04, 2004

"Kerry Gone Wild?"

The NY Times has more than I really wanted to know in The Very Long Legs of 'Girls Gone Wild' . It's in the "Style" section but it ought to be the business section since it's mostly about the ever expanding business of the "Girls Gone Wild" franchise. Example:
Mr. Francis spent more than $21 million on ads last year and was the largest advertiser for programs like "The Howard Stern Show" on the E! channel, according to TNS Media Intelligence/CMR, a New York company that tracks advertising and marketing information. Some in the advertising industry said sophisticated marketing was a factor in the success of the videos but noted that the brand's main appeal was that it showed real young women as opposed to actresses. The appeal is obvious to Mr. Francis, who appears to be guided by his own fantasies. "I love watching girls," he said. "That's what makes me get up in the morning."

In adddition to a forthcoming "Guys Gone Wild," he's also planning to open a chain of "Girls Gone Wild" restaurants but without the nudity. No, I'm not making it up.

And as expected, there are some interviews with the wannabe stars of the show:
On a chilly night in Daytona Beach during filming last month, Shannon, a 19-year-old from Temple University, was lifting her T-shirt in her hotel room amid the laughter and the "Oh, my Gods" of her disbelieving girlfriends.

"It's a very freeing feeling," Shannon said of her stunt.

But she admitted to being "pretty drunk" and added: "I'm pretty sure I'll see a downside tomorrow morning."

and John Kerry has jokingly proposed the release of a "Kerry Gone Wild" video.
His handlers better keep Lurch away from the schnapps!