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Separation of Hollywood & state
Challenge candidates who hope to win based on name recognition and hero worship alone

By Solmaz Ziad
September 10, 2003
The Iranian

Arnold Schwarzeneger is the most "known" candidate for the California gubernatorial race. I admit that being a person who is usually unfazed by celebrities and their hype, even I was fascinated at the notion that an action hero was considering a run for the Governor's Mansion in Sacramento.  However, as a citizen of the third largest economy in the world, I am beginning to think seriously about who I am going to vote for in the upcoming election.

Last Wednesday Schwarzenegger declined to participate in a debate with other candidates, and instead opted to campaign at my university, Cal-State Long Beach.  I was among the few thousand students watching the spectacle, and quite frankly, the most exciting occurrence was when a student decided hit the ex-body builder with an egg.

Besides that, he just rambled and promised things like "opening the books" and "cleaning house" in Sacramento, both of which were metaphors that left us baffled with regard to their meaning or lack thereof.

However, this article is not about citizens being shocked to see another actor run for office, or to reiterate public fascination with Hollywood.  This article is to inform readers of Schwarzenegger's character, as displayed in an archive interview.

I want Iranian voters to be aware of Arnold boasting about his involvement in a gang bang with a Black woman.  I want to illustrate his attitude towards women and sex while shedding light on the hermeneutic that allowed him to gloat in an 1972 issue of Oui (a former subsidiary of Playboy magazine)

Although the public expects dirt to resurface from a candidates past while involved in a race for office, this tidbit of information seems to be more relevant because aside from films and entertainment interviews, California citizens do not know much about Schwarzenner as a political candidate, or his some of his attitudes towards certain subject matter.

Considering he has no past experience in holding office, I am not aware of any credentials he may posses to get my vote. So, in order to get an idea of his values and to be able to form an opinion of how he may represent the State, I looked to investigate the "sex scandal" he has recently been associated with in the news.

The Smoking Gun is a website devoted to making legal documents and riders available to the public by implementing the Right to Information.  The people at Smoking Gun found the interview with Schwarzeneger in Oui magazine, and I was appalled at what I read.

In a 5 page interview with Peter Mans, Schwarzenegger explains his experience in a gang bang, proclaiming that, "Everybody jumped on" the woman involved and "took her upstairs where we all got together." He also made it clear that not all of his body building buddies were involved: "just the guys who can fuck in front of other guys. Not everybody can do that. Some think that they don't have a big-enough cock, so they can't get a hard-on."

The gubernatorial candidate also explains why he doesn't feel he is being sexually taken advantage of by women because of his fame:

"No, I'd feel used only if I didn't get something out of it. If a girl comes on strong and says, 'I really dig your body and I want to fuck the shit out of you,' I just decide whether or not I like her. If I do take her home, I try to make sure I get just as much out of it as she does. The word exploited therefore wouldn't apply." Schwarzenegger later noted that once outside the gym, he forgets about bodybuilding: "I can look at a chick who's a little out of shape and if she turns me on, I won't hesitate to date her. If she's a good fuck, she can weigh 150 pounds, I don't care." (Arnold, Oui)

The article also goes on to discuss past drug usage, the partying habits of body builders, and most importantly reflects on his hypermasculine views that help me reach the conclusion that Schwarzeneger is a womanizing, drug-using meat head. 

I am not against his past and as far as I am concerned, Hollywood actors can be expected to participate in orgies, do drugs, and see women as disposable whores.  However, I'm not so sure that I would want him running a state that is desperate need of real leadership.  Hopefully this article will prompt some voters to be more responsible and ponder the repercussions in voting for a candidate. I encourage you all to read the Oui article in its entirety.

I do not deny the fact that most politicians have a past marked with their own vices that make include drug use, prostitution, philandering,  gambling and the like.  I just think Arnold is gaining unmerited support based on the fact that he was the Terminator, and that it is time we challenge candidates who hope to win based on name recognition and hero worship alone >>> News and politics forum

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