The Village Voice cover story, "Do You Wanna Kiss Me?" contains fabricated material. No shit, Sherlock. The Voice has pulled the piece from its website and has issued a statement. Gawker.com wrote about the controversy last night and again today.
The editor-in-chief who I pitched my idea to, Doug Simmons, has apparently left the paper. That's what you get for stealing my idea, getting some clueless Harvard kid to blow it up into an article full of lies, quoting my blog without my permission, and giving me zero credit. Not that I'm particularly pissed off, just fascinated at the turn of events.
Here is an excerpt from the letter I wrote Simmons on Thursday, January 26th:
Dear Mr. Simmons,
Forgive the boldness of my email, but I wanted to share an interesting story with you.
I have an anonymous blog in which I write about my sex/love life called The Truth About Cocks and Dolls (http://cocksanddolls.blogspot.com/). The other night, I met a pick-up artist, straight out of Neil Strauss's book THE GAME. He was using many of the tricks I read about that are supposed to engage a woman's interest, and the shocking thing was how well they worked. Even though I called him out on his tricks, even as he was performing them, he still reeled me in.
Gee, wherever did Simmons and writer Nick Sylvester get the idea for that article? Hm, I wonder...
Glad to see the truth is coming out. Maybe this will even help pick-up artists not get painted in such a negative light. Maybe next time a writer will actually do some fucking research when composing a journalistic piece, instead of padding a few real quotes with made up events. What a novel idea.
Dolly and the PUAs: 1
The Village Voice: 0