Aw: John Conyers openly reading Playboy on airplanes now

posted at 4:18 pm on November 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Luckily he’s a Democrat, so the media can treat this as a bawdily amusing curio rather than a woeful case study in how little regard Republicans have for the feelings of women.

Detroit View’s instant-classic headline: “Mr. Smut Goes to Washington.”

The video and pictures – first posted by ex-Detroit News reporter and New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff on his Facebook page – were taken by an anonymous passenger seated in the same row as the 81-year old congressman. Conyers – in his aisle seat – is shown flipping though pages showing two nude gal pals in the August issue of Playboy. And he also apparently reads Hefner’s product for the articles! He appears to linger on an article titled “La Chatte” by Maureen Gibbon.

Of course, Mr. Conyers is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, so it is entirely possible he is preparing for a committee hearing on the legal definition of pornography. Or perhaps he is studying new TSA pat-down procedures for female passengers.

Thank goodness there’s a TSA joke in the blockquote; I was worried I’d have to turn super-hack here and say something about junk-touching. As for Conyers’s sin, I’ll give you three mitigating factors. Take ‘em or leave ‘em as you so choose. One: Hey, at least he’s flying commercial. Looking at T&A on a private government jet would be a Roman-esque exercise in elitist indulgence, but looking at T&A while stuck in coach on a major carrier? Why, that’s almost populist. Two: At least he went with something high-end like Playboy. Next time you’re at the airport, have a look at what’s on sale at the newsstand in this particular “genre.” Some of it’s downright scandalous — or, er, so I hear. Three: Dude, he’s 81 years old. He really is reading it for the articles.


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He’ll only do it until he needs glasses.

Wade on November 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Yet another double standard on display for all of the world to ignore.

itzWicks on November 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM

He doesn’t care because he knows the media won’t show his lack of judgement or taste. It will be covered up.

SgtRed on November 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM

slowwwwwwwwww news day

pedestrian on November 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Three: Dude, he’s 81 years old. He really is reading it for the articles.

We hope.

MadisonConservative on November 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM

The right to soft core porn is guaranteed by the Good And Welfare Clause.

Mark1971 on November 24, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Aside from fanning the pages in a public place where a child or woman who may be offended if they saw it, I fail to see the problem.

Hog Wild on November 24, 2010 at 4:23 PM

“T.S.A.??? I thought you said “T.N.A.!”

Tony737 on November 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM

RACIST!!!

jawkneemusic on November 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

ti-taaaaays!

blatantblue on November 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Three: Dude, he’s 81 years old. He really is reading it for the articles.

Or he’s trying to remember what girls are like.

The_Real_JeffS on November 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM

He’s just lonely since the delightful Mrs. Conyers is in prison. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do–but he probably shouldn’t do it on a commercial flight.

Zardoz on November 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM

What is the difference between a Democrat or Republican disparaging someone for doing something legal? I care less what he is reading. If I had a child with me I would probably ask to be seated somewhere else.

Rode Werk on November 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Thank goodness there’s a TSA joke in the blockquote; I was worried I’d have to turn super-hack here and say something about junk-touching.

I don’t think that there is anything wrong with porn, but in public? I mean, everyone farts, but most people are decent enough to try and contain it until they are in private.

Mord on November 24, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Just a mood enhancer for the TSA pat down.

Lemons into lemonade.

the_nile on November 24, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Lets see…
I woulda hit dat
and dat
and dat…..

faol on November 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM

“Reading the bill” takes new meaning

blatantblue on November 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM

And in the category of “If a Republican did it,” any feminist sitting within ten feet would be screaming, “Sexual harrassment,” or “Objectification of women!” and it would be the scandal of the week.

Laura Curtis on November 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM

He is saving the Ta-Ta’s … one porn mag at a time.

upinak on November 24, 2010 at 4:36 PM

C’mon, Playboy hasn’t qualified as smut in like 15 years. Looking at Playboy is like buying really cheap baseball tickets – the obstructed view of the main action really detracts from the experience.

Enrique on November 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Zardoz on November 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Yeah, that was my thought too: Dude, his old lady is in the joint. And he is 81 years old. He might not ever get to hit that again.

Remember the three rules for geezers (and please don’t ask me why I know them): 1) Never pass up a chance to take a leak. 2) Never trust a fart. 3) Never waste a woodie; it might be the last one.

novaculus on November 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Playboy is anything but smut and I can appreciate a man who can appreciate the beauty of the female form. Although, I’ll admit that openly reading and displaying Playboy before the surrounding passengers and flight staff seems a little bit creepy for an 81-yr old man. But then again, he didn’t wake up dead that day so at that age he probably cares less and probably should.

Much ado about nothing.

FlatFoot on November 24, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I saw someone do that on an airplane once. The Playboy was stuck inside a People magazine, but my child and I, who were sitting one row back and to the side, could see everything.

People just don’t think others can see what they’re doing, or maybe they just don’t think period.

juliesa on November 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I would be horrified if I had to sit next to passenger “reading” a Playboy. I don’t care how old he is. It’s just creepy.

Time and place, you know.

tru2tx on November 24, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Three: Dude, he’s 81 years old. He really is reading it for the articles.

I’ll go with this one. At 81 if he tried to put a move on some lady he’d be arrested for Assault with a Dead Weapon.

Patrick S on November 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Next time you’re at the airport, have a look at what’s on sale at the newsstand in this particular “genre.”

My favorite thing to do while waiting between flights is to stand in front of that section, staring at the stacks, while guys shuffle nervously around me.

“Oh, did you want this Swank?”

Good times.

The Ugly American on November 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM

How much Viagra does it take for an 81 year old, liberal to be able to “appreciate” the Elliot Spitzer type girls there in DC?

TSA agent:

Ah Mr Conyers would you step over to the pat down area? Is that the healthcare bill in your pocket or did you spill your viagra?

dhunter on November 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

juliesa on November 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

By “to the side” I meant across the aisle. That’s how far away we were and could still see the pictures. At least it was just “naked lady” pictures, but I thought it was very rude and thoughtless to be reading that where kids could see it.

Also, it was a married couple, not a guy, looking at the Playboy together, and their kids were sitting with them. Strange.

juliesa on November 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Well, his wife is in jail, isn’t she? I guess any port in a storm.

juliesa on November 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Playboy is safe for a Dem… no chance of teabagging in there.

mankai on November 24, 2010 at 4:53 PM

It’s not that scandalous, but a little privacy goes a long way.

Esthier on November 24, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Could’ve been worse, he could have ordered a Four Loko.

mankai on November 24, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Hmmmmmmmm … his hands are plainly in sight … not making …
.
It’s rough when Viagra is needed to read Playboy …
.

Arbalest on November 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Aside from fanning the pages in a public place where a child or woman who may be offended if they saw it, I fail to see the problem.

Hog Wild on November 24, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I’m pretty sure the aside part is the problem.

Esthier on November 24, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Three: Dude, he’s 81 years old. He really is reading it for the articles.

He probably thinks he’s reading Popular Mechanics.

JetBoy on November 24, 2010 at 4:58 PM

“Who has time to read the articles? That’s what my staff is for.”

mankai on November 24, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Gotta admit… I usually hate “gotcha” stuff but this guy is a card-carrying dumb ass. I’m thrilled he’s someone in charge of making important decisions for all of us. Aren’t you?

princetrumpet on November 24, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Maybe he had to read the mag to find out what was in it.

Hannibal Smith on November 24, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I’ll go with this one. At 81 if he tried to put a move on some lady he’d be arrested for Assault with a Dead Weapon.

Patrick S on November 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I have no idea what happened here.

I read this post, and I was unable to cease laughing for about two minutes. My side hurts now. O.< Well played, sir.

KinleyArdal on November 24, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Isn’t his wife in jail?

aquaviva on November 24, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Luckily he’s a Democrat, so the media can treat this as a bawdily amusing curio rather than a woeful case study in how little regard Republicans have for the feelings of women.

If he were a Republican, two things:

1. It will be the MAJOR news item of the week
2. There will be calls, including calls from Republicans, for him to resign – and of course the media will hound him until he does.

But it’s a moot point because he is a Democrat.

TheRightMan on November 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

ti-taaaaays!

blatantblue on November 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I love boobs!!!!!!!!!

Tim Burton on November 24, 2010 at 5:27 PM

what…. did the poor guy forget his crayons?
roflmao

donabernathy on November 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Maybe he’s looking for staffers for the new session of congress?

slickwillie2001 on November 24, 2010 at 5:29 PM

He was reading the Hustlers magazine hidden beneath the Playboy magazine.

bayview on November 24, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Someone call N.O.W!

Bruce Hendrix on November 24, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Three: Dude, he’s 81 years old. He really is reading it for the articles.

ROFLMAO!!! It has to be 3. Right? RIGHT???

Awww c’mon folks. He’s just trying to help Hef not lose his mansion. It’s a sort of…bail out. ;)

capejasmine on November 24, 2010 at 5:37 PM

He’s just game-planing for future conjugal visits with his soon to be jail-bird spouse.

On the ride to the big house he’ll be reviewing Chained Heat on DVD in the car.

juanito on November 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM

C’mon, Playboy hasn’t qualified as smut in like 15 years. Looking at Playboy is like buying really cheap baseball tickets – the obstructed view of the main action really detracts from the experience.

Enrique on November 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Once again you prove yourself a whack job.

CWforFreedom on November 24, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Let’s hope that his time in the lavatory is short- hates to wait on an aircraft.

hawkman on November 24, 2010 at 6:05 PM

He was at Selma so he shouldn’t be criticized.

AaronGuzman on November 24, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Is it the arrogance or the perversion?

EliTheBean on November 24, 2010 at 6:14 PM

He must be terribly lonely.

After all, his sweet wife Monica is in Camp Cup-Cake for fraud and corruption charges, (the same country club prison Martha Stewart was in).

Oh, the pain this poor, perverted old geezer must be going through. LOL!

SalHansen on November 24, 2010 at 6:17 PM

It’s a sign of ‘don’t care anymore’…

RalphyBoy on November 24, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Butthead says “whoa, that dude is cool”

yubley on November 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM

C’mon Allah, how about a link to the Republican beefcake 2010 calendar for the female Airheads here? Oh my eyes…second look at Huckabee?

Fortunata on November 24, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Tata Party.

Akzed on November 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Pfffftttt. This ain’t news.

Now if, instead of Play Boy, he’s was reading Play Girl, well, that would be news.

Rod on November 24, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Not that I move in those circles, but I would imagine that there are a gazillion pictures (and videos) of every imaginable sort available for free on the internet… why would anybody pay $4(?) for a Playboy?

mankai on November 24, 2010 at 7:39 PM

dKos headline: John Conyers still potent at 81!

James on November 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Where is Katie Couric to ask him what he reads???????????

parke on November 24, 2010 at 8:07 PM

C’mon Allah, how about a link to the Republican beefcake 2010 calendar for the female Airheads here? Oh my eyes…second look at Huckabee?

Fortunata on November 24, 2010 at 6:51 PM

That’s not just a regular “no.” We’re going to have to break out Vader for that one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

Laura Curtis on November 24, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Damn I did not know this was even allowed.

Everytime I travel and get a little bored I wander around the airport (I have passed thru TSA security 3 times waiting for a flight) before the full body scanners days. I have seen these adult mags in the bookstore and wondered who would ever by one to “read the articles” on an airplane.

I finally got my answer. Sen Conyers has more balls then I and showed how low class he is at the same time.

F15Mech on November 24, 2010 at 8:47 PM

by on = buy one

F15Mech on November 24, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Conyers may have been reading this article in this month’s Playboy magazine: How to Destroy a Bank

slickwillie2001 on November 24, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Give the guy a break … his wife is in prison.

J_Crater on November 24, 2010 at 11:50 PM

When it comes to sexual activity, even if it’s “just” voyuerism, GET A ROOM.

davidk on November 25, 2010 at 6:05 AM

Wow, dude really is schlepping it in coach. Impressive.

I want to see the Nancy Pelosi video when it comes out.

exdeadhead on November 25, 2010 at 6:26 AM