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Joe Arpaio, "Media Whore," Pimps The Joe Show in Hollywood

Joe Arpaio, "Media Whore," Pimps The Joe Show in Hollywood

Should it surprise anyone that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once called a "media whore" by his own PR flack, will be flying to Los Angeles for the red-carpet screening of a documentary that's highly critical of him?

Still, I'm a little annoyed by news of Arpaio's attending a showing of director/producer Randy Murray's The Joe Show this Wednesday at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly known as Grauman's Chinese Theater.

This is the last guy in the world who needs ego-fluffing....
This is the last guy in the world who needs ego-fluffing....
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That's because the documentary, which I praised in a column earlier this year, purports to show how Arpaio and his PR staff use the media to bamboozle the public, increase his celebrity and get him re-elected every four years.

Now Joe's gonna help pimp the film during the flick's presentation this week at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Hence his appearance at Grauman's.

Irony alert.

Arpaio's shilling for The Joe Show would be like Russian despot Vladimir Putin plugging the anti-Putin HBO doc Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, or the NRA endorsing Bowling for Columbine, or Sea World offering ticket-buyers free DVDs of the film Blackfish.

In other words, gross.

So I had to ring up producer Randy Murray, and ask him, "Randy, WTF?"

Murray admitted that he had invited the octogenarian oaf to the Hollywood event, though he swore Arpaio was paying his own way.

And he answered my question with a question.

"Is there anything that could be more proof of the premise of our film than Joe embracing it?" he asked.

 

Murray then went on to make the case I thought he might make: If it furthers the cause (and his film), then why the heck not?

"The more people see this film, the better work it does," Murray told me. "And if we have to take a lesson right out of Joe's playbook to get people to see it, at least it feels like we're doing something positive with that lesson plan."

Murray also thinks the lefty audiences of La-la-land will not be letting Arpaio off the hook during the short Q&A after the screening. And if any media shows up for the 1 p.m. press conference an hour before the film starts, they no doubt will give Joe a shellacking.

Sounds like a huge maybe to me.

Unless Arpaio is interrogated about his many crimes both before and after this event, and that grilling gets some attention on TV, online or both, what will Murray have accomplished by inviting Joe along, other than stroking an ego that gets plenty of attention already?

I know, more eyeballs on Murray's project. A devil's bargain, to be sure.

Which brings me to why I'm bothering to write about this: To alert anyone who cares about human rights, good government, responsible law enforcement, jailhouse deaths and the treatment of the undocumented.

If you can, get in Joe's grill and call him out as a crook, a liar and a bigot who should be booted from office. Oh, and videotape it and post it to YouTube. So folks can watch it.

Perhaps then, and only then, will Murray's invite have been worth the ego-fluffing Arpaio garners as a result.

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