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Oh, brother. It takes all kinds — like Floridians. Yes, the website accused of paying women to beat up homeless dudes on video is based in that strange little peninsula we in the upper forty-nine so lovingly call "fucking Florida." But at least they have a sturdy newspaper like the St. Petersburg Times, which has famously kept its state's freaks, weirdos, and Scientologists in check.
The latest muck the paper's raking involves a local website called Shefights.net, a fetish site that promises to "help you live out your ultimate fantasy" — as long as your ultimate fantasy involves attractive women in workout gear beating the shit out of men. Men, for instance, like the following homeless one:
Homeless advocates are saying these guys are getting thrashed for around $25 to $50 a beating. (The videos are being sold for as much as $900, though obviously the classic unfair-distribution-of-profits struggle is not the primary issue here.) Thankfully there are people out there doing good things and not blogging all day, and those people are suing the website on behalf of the homeless. The Shefights.net homepage currently reads:
We have chosen not to comment in the media because, unlike our accusers, our case is solid and we prefer to reserve all comments for court, where we have the advantage of law and facts. I will say that there is no truth to the allegations, the stories are simply that, stories paid for by the organizer of the suit, and an attempt to harass us in the media, as well as an attempt to shake us down before this goes to trial.
Yes, yes, those rich fat cats who work for the homeless are giving their many dollars to respectable newspapers to print unfounded accusations against a sleazy fetish site. This should be a quick trial.