Monday, November 28, 2005

All that glitters isn't gold.

British rocker Gary Glitter, under arrest in Viet Nam for having sex with 12 year-old girls, tells a reporter that it was all an innocent mistake. Glitter, once charged in Britain for sex offenses against underaged girls, said he went to Viet Nam for "tourism investment opportunities". What? Does that mean attractions like The Ho Chi Minh Trail Ride or General Giap's Grotto or John McCain's POW Wow Restaurant or The Dien Bien Phooey Resort or maybe a real Hilton in Hanoi? I dunno.

As far as the charges are concerned, Glitter has an innocent explanation. He says that he was merely teaching English to a group of girls who told him they were all at least 20 years-old. I can't remember the last time I saw a 12 year-old girl who could pass for 20, can you? I don't believe such a person exists, whether she be Vietnamese or Talibanese or Los Angelese. It's enough to give English teachers all a bad name.

It would be hilarious if it wasn't so sick.

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