How can there be, at press time, only five reader comments to the time.com op-ed “In Defense of Johns.” While we essentially agree with comedian Jim Norton‘s take on prostitution, there are no doubt a bunch on the Henry Luce side of the fence who would be outraged by such a published pronouncement. Time Inc. spinoff notwithstanding.
Norton angles into the essay with, as you would expect, one-liner style. He explains that when he first heard about an August 5 law enforcement round-up, he misunderstood the effort to be a celebratory “National Day of Johns:”
I envisioned myself being carted down New York City’s Fifth Avenue on the back of a flatbed truck, waving to cheering fans as confetti rained down on me and my disappointed parents hid behind a mailbox. A silly (yet understandable) mistake on my part, as the National Day of Johns was a celebration of the arrests of hundreds of men in a series of sex stings in 15 states.