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Let’s Give Porn-Shaming ‘Investigative’ Reporter Mike Beaudet the Santorum Treatment

Fox News reporter Mike Beaudet ruined the career of a stellar teacher named Kevin Hogan this week when he outed Hogan’s gay porn past. And while Beaudet hasn’t pushed to disenfranchise LGBT folk on the national level, like Senator Rick Santorum has, as a reporter he bears responsibility for harassing a gay teacher by bringing an issue to light that didn’t necessarily need the exposure. So let’s consider how to shame Beaudet in return.

In a way, Beaudet was just doing his job: he found a juicy story, reported it then relished in the ratings boost and slaps on the ass from higher-ups. But as a reporter, you choose the stories you cover.

Hogan’s gay porn past had little effect on his classroom skills, wasn’t illegal, and hurt no one except for himself. But now that he’s been forced into the national spotlight, his ability to teach anywhere seems done for.

Did Beaudet know that Hogan was going to get suspended and probably fired? Yes. He’s a career journalist who “has won nine Boston/New England Emmys.” He knows what happens after you air these stories.

Beaudet has deprived Hogan’s students of an English department chair, a crew coach and a generally awesome mentor. And you know what? His kids are pissed! Pissed enough to make a Facebook group called “Support Kevin Hogan, FIRE Mike Beaudet”! Their change.org petition even has 193 signatures.

Being a little older and wiser, we know the solution is not to fire Mike Beaudet. It’s to give him a taste of his own medicine! Dan Savage is suggesting we try to dig up some skeletons in his closet to see if he’s a “panty-sniffing perv.” But why not go back to your tried-and-true formula, Dan?

That is: Let’s coin a gay slang word to stand in for Beaudet. Here’s a few suggestions. Vote on them in the comments and we’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

  1. Beaudet (noun): An asshole reporter who doesn’t care about how many people he leaves dead and bloodied along the way just as long as he can make it as an investigative journalist no matter how many people he leaves dead and bloodied along the way.

    Usage: Dude, this Beaudet came to my party and then totally wrote about how we have Justin Bieber posters on the wall in the New York Observer without even telling us and then it got picked up by Gawker and we were proud of our apartment.

  2. Beaudet (verb): To blow someone’s spot up for no reason other than your sadistic personal satisfaction.

    Usage: Kelly got so Beaudet’d at the dinner party when her ex Mike revealed that her favorite part of sex with him was giving him rim jobs.

  3. Beaudet (noun): The state of an anus after anal sex: roughed up, ruddy, and possibly bloodied.

    Usage: Mike Beaudet’s face kind of looks like a Beaudet.

This is what a Google-bomb feels like, Mike.

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