On the list of "things that are never okay to joke about ever," rape is generally considered to be pretty high up there. But not for Esquire, apparently!
In the wake of the the first public interview from the woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape, the men's magazine seized the opportunity to tie the news into a handy guide about non-rapey, consensual blowjobs, using this as an intro:
We don't mean to be indelicate, but, well, this whole thing has gotten a little indelicate, hasn't it? In the latest Newsweek, the maid who was allegedly raped by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn gives a very graphic account of their time together, including some very indecent oral sex. And whomever you believe, that's a tragedy. Because as we've learned over the years from our sex expert, a blowjob need not be degrading or hurtful, for either party.
Then they plugged the article with the following tweet:
When the reading public was immediately offended by the gross tie-in to, you know, a sexual assault case, the magazine deleted the tweet in question as well as the intro to the article, and replaced them with the following:
Hmm. Well, maybe Esquire was really just hilarious and ahead-of-the curve here, but more likely all they did was make an icky and stomach-churning addition to an already icky and stomach-churning story. You decide.