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Okay, remember the Bobbitt case. Domestic abuse, possibly marital rape? On June 23rd of 1993, the wife, Lorena, picks up a carving knife and cuts off her husband's penis. Goes out the door, gets in the car, severed penis in hand, and drives a bit and then throws it out the window. Immediately feeling some remorse, she stops, calls 911, and the penis is relocated and reattached.
Needless to say it was a media zoo. The story also became part of a large body of humor, including my favorite joke, a bumper sticker that read "Lorena Bobbitt for Surgeon General." To make matters worse, John Bobbitt decided to remain in the public eye by continuing to beat the crap out of girlfriends and wives as well as staring in a couple of porno flicks, one of which was called "John Wayne Bobbitt: Uncut" and the other "Frankenpenis." Boy, talk about your detachable phallus.
Well, now it's a media zoo all over again, an encore of "Love Hurts" but without any good guitar. That's right, John and Lorena recently appeared on "The Insider," in part for John to discuss his continued feelings for Lorena and for Lorena to tell him to knock it off.
Lorena & John Wayne Bobbitt: The Reunion, Part 2 at The Insider.
What's interesting about the media coverage is it is obsessed with his penis, not his abuse. There is no discussion of the repeated beatings, rapes, and forced abortion that occurred within their marriage. There is no discussion of how truly and seriously pathological this guy is. Instead, the coverage seems to be more "She cut off his dick and he still loves her?"
Lorena, now using her maiden name, Gallo, seems far more sane than he does. Perhaps because she always was. John's always been a psycho; Lorena was just pushed into temporarily insane behavior. Of course, maybe cutting it off wasn't the crazy part; maybe it was helping the police find it so it could be sewn back on? Maybe we can revive that bumper sticker to say "Lorena Gallo for Surgeon General?"