Reese Witherspoon Dissed By ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Creator Joe Francis

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Reese Witherspoon just got her comeuppance for recent remarks aimed at Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, and other female celebrities who advance their careers through sexual exposure. It came from a most unexpected source–Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis.

Francis has been MIA for some time. Of course, it wasn’t entirely his fault. For part of that time, he was in jail. But now that he’s back, he’s taken exception to Reese Witherspoon’s criticism of actresses and reality T.V. stars who Tweet nude photos and/or make sex tapes.

“I know it’s cool to be bad, I get it …,” said Reese at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, “but it’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show. When I came up in this business you made a sex tape and you were embarrassed and hid it under your bed and like, if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hid your face.”

According to Joe Francis, the Water For Elephants star is just too old to understand the new nature of celebrity.

“She said this on MTV, a network that has ‘Jersey Shore,’ ’16 and Pregnant‘ … There’s nothing on the network that isn’t reality television,” Francis observed, “Reese is
showing her age by making those comments. Reese, I’m sorry…but …”

Francis went on to point out that while the reality show phenomenon may be new, beautiful women have used sexual imagery to speed up their ascent to stardom for a long time.

“That catapults you into the main stream now,” he explained. “Once you have a sex tape, you become a sex symbol. That’s what catapults a star into that … look at Marilyn Monroe. Had she never done that Playboy cover, we wouldn’t be talking about her right now.”

So, there you have it. If anyone’s an expert on how quickly and easily sexual images can catapult someone to fame and especially fortune, it’s Joe Francis. Take that, Reese Witherspoon.

And speaking of La Witherspoon, so far there’s been no word from her or her reps.

© Hope Carson 2011

Hope Carson is the author of 2 books: A Roaring Girl: An Interview with the Thinking Man’s Hooker and A Thousand and One Night Stands: The Life of Jon Vincent. You can follow her on Twitter.

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