How can there be, at press time, only five reader comments to the time.com op-ed “In Defense of Johns.” While we essentially agree with comedian Jim Norton‘s take on prostitution, there are no doubt a bunch on the Henry Luce side of the fence who would be outraged by such a published pronouncement. Time Inc. spinoff notwithstanding.
Norton angles into the essay with, as you would expect, one-liner style. He explains that when he first heard about an August 5 law enforcement round-up, he misunderstood the effort to be a celebratory “National Day of Johns:”
I envisioned myself being carted down New York City’s Fifth Avenue on the back of a flatbed truck, waving to cheering fans as confetti rained down on me and my disappointed parents hid behind a mailbox. A silly (yet understandable) mistake on my part, as the National Day of Johns was a celebration of the arrests of hundreds of men in a series of sex stings in 15 states.
The fact that I’ve never been arrested in one of these stings should convince even the most ardent of atheists that miracles are indeed possible.
Ha ha, for sure. Not to mention beg the question, What do atheists in the throes of [compensated and non-compensated] passion exclaim instead of “Oh God!!!”?
At the very least, this Time op-ed deserves a @charliesheen retweet. Nice work, Norton. And Time, we hope this contributor will be well-paid for his efforts.