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  1. Bryan
    Bryan August 15, 2006 at 4:58 pm |

    And to think I always thought he was gay…

  2. Bryan
    Bryan August 15, 2006 at 5:01 pm |

    Now I feel silly. After about five seconds of googling I pull up this:

    Are you sensitive about your bisexuality?

    It makes other people sensitive. Straight people say, “C’mon, you know you’re just gay,” and gay people say, “C’mon, you know you’re just gay,” and everybody just wants to make me gay! There is such a thing as bisexual. People want black and white. And I enjoy being bisexual. I enjoy being with men and I enjoy being with women, but tonight I will be with one of each and I’ll be on the outside on the sidelines watching, having fun. Something happened to me sexually when I was a child that tweaked my reality.

    Do you think your sexuality is related to what you have called your abusive childhood?

    My parents just neglected me, I wasn’t abused or anything. Neglect is a form of abuse. I was being neglected, not taught etiquette or proper things like what’s appropriate, and no boundaries were drawn.

    I found it a little interesting that the interviewer would immediately make the link between his “abusive childhood” and his sexuality. Like people are only gay (or bi or whatever) because they had a fucked-up childhood. This is all too much like Freudian “arrested development” or something similarly antiquated…

  3. Sara
    Sara August 15, 2006 at 5:05 pm |

    You know, I saw him on an episode of the surreal life where he was pouring drinks down one of the resident’s throat all night, and then got really angry that she went to bed without sleeping with him – calling her a tease, etc. It was disgusting, and I was ready to put him in the date rapist category after that.

  4. Thomas
    Thomas August 15, 2006 at 5:06 pm |

    Laughing at Andy Dick is no different from winding up mentally ill person to get a reaction and throw ridicule. That, in his illness, he has chosen this position as a career does not make us any better for being a part of it. Laughing at Andy Dick lowers us.

  5. plucky punk
    plucky punk August 15, 2006 at 5:33 pm |

    Sheesh, that’s gross. And to think he was so funny on News Radio.

    I miss that show.

  6. Jenny
    Jenny August 15, 2006 at 5:35 pm |

    I had no idea Andy Dick was such a shitbag. I used to watch his show and found it occasionally funny–but that was probably in the late 90s.

  7. Heliologue
    Heliologue August 15, 2006 at 6:43 pm |

    I’m ashamed to say that he’s an alumnus of my old high school (along with that tramp from My Fair Brady, whatever her name is). Then again, I’m ashamed to say that I’m an alumnus of my old high school….

  8. Natalia
    Natalia August 15, 2006 at 7:57 pm |

    Andy Dick has a long history of reported substance abuse. He’s a walking time-bomb. Makes me think of Chris Farley, actually. But, of course, people just lionize these guys no matter how fucked-up and crazy they become.

  9. inkybrain
    inkybrain August 15, 2006 at 8:03 pm |

    I took an improv workshop with him about a year ago. And by improv workshop, I mean a bunch of people sat around while he changed subjects about like four times per sentence. It was like listening to a monologue that’s been run through Babelfish a few too many times. Tip of the freak-iceberg, looks like.

  10. mentalsolstice
    mentalsolstice August 15, 2006 at 8:59 pm |

    He was voted off my island about 10 years ago when I read an article about his sexual addiction…he was so perv then (totally objectified anything and anyone into a sexual object, and was proud of it)…and now it doesn’t sound like he’s improved any…

  11. Heliologue
    Heliologue August 15, 2006 at 9:10 pm |

    But, of course, people just lionize these guys because of how fucked-up and crazy they become.

    Fixed, unfortunately.

  12. raging red
    raging red August 15, 2006 at 11:11 pm |

    The comparison between Joe Francis and Andy Dick seems inapt to me. I guess because from what I’ve seen of Andy Dick, his behavior seems more driven by substance abuse (and probably some mental illness), whereas I think Joe Francis is just your run-of-the-mill misogynist prick who is taking full advantage of his fame and power to abuse women. I’m not excusing Andy Dick’s behavior at all, I just see different causes at work, and I think I see him as possibly redeemable, whereas I consider Francis to be a lost cause (and someone who should most likely be locked up rather than treated by mental health/substance abuse professionals).

    …along with that tramp from My Fair Brady, whatever her name is

    Um, real nice. And what makes her a “tramp” exactly, according to you?

  13. kate
    kate August 15, 2006 at 11:14 pm |

    Because a good portion of the popular american male thing is to see how far you can go and those like Andy Dick help others to live that out safely.

    I was thinking that asshats like him could be loaded on a raft and pushed out to sea, but there isn’t a raft big enough for them all. you’d have to build a fleet. Joe Francis can go with him for starts.

  14. Shankar Gupta
    Shankar Gupta August 16, 2006 at 10:18 am |

    Does anyone really lionize Andy Dick?

  15. bmc90
    bmc90 August 16, 2006 at 10:51 am |

    Behavior like his did not come out of nowhere. I remember seeing a rerun of Carson with Loni Anderson on as the guest. She was wearing a sleeveless dress and at some point Carson started licking her shoulders. She did that nervous laugh thing. When I was attending an all women’s college and a magician put spiders on a classmate, clearly freaking her out, another classmate went up to the stage and told him to stop. We had been reprogramed not to accept the idea that making someone uncomfortable in front of a lot of people is entertaining. Unfortunately, we have a long social history of laughing at people who violate womens’ personal space or subject them to unwanted sexual touching instead of calling them on it. So call them on it, and not just when it is this egrigious. Always.

  16. Ron Sullivan
    Ron Sullivan August 16, 2006 at 11:09 am |

    bmc90, that shit’s hell on the spiders, too.

    I’ve been thinking that one revolutionary thing we can do as women is to learn about and empathize with other critters, and especially teach the girlkids early that they’re just beings trying to make a living with what they have, like the rest of us. Defuse the nonsense and gain more of the real world as our home, all at once. Might even pave the way towards a reasonable, scornful, WTF-do-you-think-you’re-doing? reaction to other “transgressive” crap from the guys.

  17. bmc90
    bmc90 August 16, 2006 at 12:55 pm |

    Oh, Ron, I think it is so much better to dress them in pink, give them a Baby Alive, and Easy-Bake Oven, and the hazy illusion that someone else is going to pay for them to stay home all day wiping up fake throwup and cooking plastic pies. Then after the divorce her husband can just get a court to order that the doll and oven go to the Island of Misfit Toys so he won’t have to pay support.

  18. Uccellina
    Uccellina August 16, 2006 at 5:05 pm |

    I saw him the other day at our local ice cream stand. He had two ice-cream-cone-bearing kids with him and was cautioning one not to lick too hard.

    Guess he was speaking from experience.

  19. Mister Nice Guy
    Mister Nice Guy August 17, 2006 at 1:48 am |

    Ron Sullivan, thank you for observing that wildlife (including spiders and, for that matter, viruses) are “just…trying to make a living”. I have in fact used that very phrase with my own kids, and it really sums it up perfectly.

    No matter how many legs we have, we’re all in this handbasket together.

  20. Mister Nice Guy
    Mister Nice Guy August 17, 2006 at 1:49 am |

    Oh, and zuzu, thank you for reminding us that Nichelle Nichols is not just any actor who did some TV in the ’60s.

  21. belledame222
    belledame222 August 17, 2006 at 3:39 am |

    He sounds borderline.

    and I know this is terribly terribly wrong, but per licking Farrah Fawcett’s face, my first horrified thought was “oh god, what if it came right off?”

  22. Christopher
    Christopher August 17, 2006 at 4:46 am |

    The entire time I read this article I thought it was about Conan O’Brien’s old sidekick, Andy Richter.

    I’m not sure that that adds anything to the discussion, but ther you go.

    And yeah, it sounds like Mr. Dick needs some serious psychological help.

  23. KnifeGhost
    KnifeGhost August 17, 2006 at 4:15 pm |

    I think the comment, while valuable and insightful, have drifted from the most serious issue.

    Which is, of course, that Nichelle Nichols is totally awesome.

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