Author?s Note: Because it discusses everyday campus life at UNC-Greensboro, this editorial contains extremely offensive language. If you read it anyway, and still write to complain, you might be a Democrat.
The other day, I got a call from a freelance reporter wanting me to comment on a recent controversy I helped to start at UNC-Greensboro (UNCG). I declined the interview because I have been busy promoting my new book and trying to start some more controversies to help me get started on a second book.
Interestingly, the reporter kept calling and sending emails after I declined an interview, insisting that it would not be fair to print his article without getting ?(my) side of the story.? For those who don?t know, that meant he was threatening to give me negative press unless I gave him an interview.
In the midst of his unsuccessful attempt to get me to grant an interview, the reporter tipped me off to the fact that some people at UNCG are unwilling to let a controversy die that began when the school paid $3000 in student fees to have a porn star give a lecture on ?sexual health.? After I wrote an article criticizing that decision, I came under fire from many people, including Bruce Michaels, the Director of UNCG?s Office of Student Life.
Relying on numerous reports from people who spoke to Michaels and from comments he made in news interviews, I learned that Bruce was accusing me of lying in my coverage of the recent UNCG controversy. Here?s one news excerpt dealing with the negative PR that UNCG experienced after my column about the porn star, oops, I mean, sexual health expert:
?The letters, calls and complaints were mostly from people who were misinformed, because of Mike Adams? column? said Michaels. ?The only fact in Mike Adams? column was that Tristan Taormino spoke here. Almost everything else was completely inaccurate.?
One of the ?lies? Bruce accused me of proffering was a reference I made to Taormino as a porn star. Now that I have had time to think about it, I realize that Bruce was right. Ms. Taormino isn?t a porn star! Let me explain.
After I wrote my columns on Taormino, she returned to UNCG in April to give a lecture funded by private donors. The title of her lecture was, ?My Life as a Feminist Pornographer.? Well, there you have it, folks. Taormino is actually a pornographer, not a porn star! You say Tor-mino; I say Tor-mono, let?s call the whole thing off.
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