June 15, 2009, - 8:34 pm

“Hung” Joke of the Day: Star-Struck Michigan Taxpayers Thrilled by Gigolo Show Their Taxes Subsidize

By Debbie Schlussel
I can’t say I’m stunned by the high level of star-struck stupidity of Michigan taxpayers, who don’t mind that they’re subsidizing Hollywood garbage with their taxes, to the tune of millions and 42%.
As you may know, Michigan for the last year or so has had a tax subsidy of movies and tv shows shot in Michigan, which is simply ridiculous. Businesses and individual taxpayers that are struggling to survive are subsidizing Hollywood gazillionaires in exchange for a few sightings of Drew Barrymore, a glimpse of Rob Schneider, and some schlocky temporary jobs as extras that don’t pay much.
The shows and movies are completely tax-exempt for the portions they shoot, edit, etc. in Michigan and they get a refund of 42% of all costs. It’s obscene.

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Starstruck West Bloomfield, Michigan Residents Don & Liz Piggott:

Awestruck by Gigolo Penis Size Show Shot in Their Neighborhood

But what’s really funny is the level of bulldung some people in my area are feeding themselves. Take the people of a West Bloomfield, Michigan neighborhood where “Hung,” a new HBO series, is being shot. West Bloomfield, FYI, is a swanky, upper middle-class city mostly populated by Jews and Chaldeans (Iraqi Catholics). I ran for the Michigan House of Representatives from there.
Hung” is about a former star athlete and coach who works as a male prostitute, and–as you can guess–the title of the show refers to his large penis size. (The show begins on June 28th at 10:00 p.m.)
But the lascivious, lewd, low-class nature of the show doesn’t bother the West Bloomfield residents where the show is being shot. In fact, they think it’s cool. Vulgar is the new cool, especially for those who are aging and believe that holding onto your decency makes you uncool and feeling old.
And, in that vein, here’s my favorite part of the story:

“He’s a male escort?” asked neighbor Nancy Marlin, who lives on nearby Bunker Avenue. “OK …”
But as risque as the plot may be, several residents and local officials say they don’t have a problem with it — so long as it’s tastefully done — and are excited about the community’s moment in the spotlight.

(Emphasis added.)
“Tastefully done”? Hello . . .? It’s a show about a gigolo and the title is “Hung”–again, that’s referring to his big penis. There just can’t be anything tasteful about it. That’s like saying, “Herpes and crabs . . . tastefully done.” Or “A bearded lady . . . beautifully portrayed.”
Sorry, people, but “Idiocracy” is not our future. It’s our here and now.
It’s like these Michigan people are so desperate for a taste of Hollywood, they’re starting to spew the same BS Hollywood people do when they talk about this stuff. Like Sharon Stone talking about her crotch shot in “Basic Instinct”: “Well, it was tastefully done.” Or, like everyone in Hollywood who does nude shots and naked sex scenes and–unlike the ex-Miss California–doesn’t blame it on the wind and the photographer she hired: “Well, that scene of me in explicit sexual positions and frontal nudity . . . it was a necessary part of the plot and it was tastefully done.
I just have to laugh.
Here’s another money shot, er . . . quote:

Supervisor Michelle Economou Ureste said producers did make a “concerted effort” to work with township and school officials on the nude scene in the opening credits so it wasn’t filmed when kids would be around.

Well, thank Heaven for small favors. If you have to worry about the kids seeing naked people tramping through the neighborhood, that should be a hint.
West Bloomfield, Michigan: First, it was the home of Jewish and Chaldean American Princesses. Next, the porn capital of the world.
Also hilarious is that the people in this neighborhood are rallying around the gigolo show, saying it’s made them closer.

Nanette Nawrot said the filming has brought the neighborhood together. Her house is shown in the opening credits in which Jane walks by a variety of places, shedding item after item of clothing, until he jumps nude into the lake.
“All the neighbors were gathering around for filming,” she said. “I got to meet all kinds of people from my area.”

She needs a gigolo to walk by her house for her to get to know her neighbors. Nice statement on America’s neighborly relations in the year 2009.
But the most laughable thing about this is not that it’s untasteful and that their comments justifying it and gushing over it are BS.
No, the most laughable part–the most obscene part–is that Michigan taxpayers are subsidizing the show, willingly opening their wallets, as their state continues to collapse, in need of real industry, not Hollywood fair tales or fantasies about penises of gigolos.
Ironically, the tag line for “Hung” is, “It’s Hard to Make an Indecent Living.” But that’s not true in Michigan. If you’re here from Hollywood, it’s actually pretty easy. And you don’t even have to walk Eight Mile in a sequined tube top and stripper shoes to do it. Just put your hand out to the Legislature, which passed this indecent subsidy and flat-out pay-off.
Yup, a show about a prostitute is probably the best metaphor for what Michigan taxpayers are doing for the pimp that is Hollywood. And they are definitely getting pimped.
Sadly, when they get “hung” it’ll be by a rope, not like a horse.
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Watch the “Hung” trailer, and you’ll see what I mean. Sadly, Deuce Bigalow’s gone “mainstream.”

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16 Responses

More like “hung over.” You’ve gone a long way south Michigan, to the land of nether parts and pure slime!

NormanF on June 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I didn’t know about the 42%. That’s a load of s–t!! Like they need the money! OMG, I HATE LIBS!!!!!!!!!

samurai on June 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm

“West Bloomfield, Michigan: First, it was the home of Jewish and Chaldean American Princesses. Next, the porn capital of the world.”
Not so fast there missy. Chatsworth California is the porn capital of the world and working much harder than Bloomfield to keep it that way. We’re also proud of our cheese.

Richard on June 16, 2009 at 12:25 am

I wonder if Governor Granholm is trying to lure other adult industries to Michigan? Maybe, she could lure Vivid Entertainment with a lease deal on Mackinaw Island? Or, even better, prostitution could be legalized in the Upper Peninsula as an economic development measure. See, there are all sorts of possibilites here.
We have not even touched on how Howell and Lansing could be improved. 😉

Worry01 on June 16, 2009 at 12:57 am

Yeah, we certainly have quite a few ignorant in this state.

sharon61 on June 16, 2009 at 9:04 am

Debbie–
This is simply pathetic. The ONLY real benefit derived when filming occurs is money paid to the building/land/home owner.
There is the possibility that a local caterer might benefit, as well as equipment, security, and trailer rental outfits. BUT–no way is this justified by the state’s giveaway.

Red Ryder on June 16, 2009 at 10:17 am

Debbie you wrote:
“Sorry, people, but “Idiocracy” is not our future. It’s our here and now”
Well, you are right on the second part, but I am not so sure that idiocrasy is not our future. This state shows every evidence that it is. How is it going to change with what we see?
BTW, your buddy Mitch Albom is/was the biggest proponent of the Michigan->Hollywood handouts. Strange, at the same time, he is supportive of every lib cause you can name–including more taxes for more government programs and candidates who redistribute in every direction. Yes, our Michigan is the home of idiocrasy.

BB on June 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

Michigan is quickly turning into a Joke. With a wretched legislature pimping away our state’s stature with our tax dollars to hollywood low-lifes. Maybe in another time and place (1960’s) hung may have been amusing. With the horrific rise, not really covered by the msm, in AIDS cases, I, for the life of me cannot find humor in the potentiality of promiscuous sex, for money, or any other reason. I knew in my heart that when the money fairies in Lansing started handing out our tax dollars, it would attract scummy pornographers. As a life long Michiganian it’s hard to see our whole state in freefall. And our carcass being picked over by scummy vultures. The main thing about libs is that they celebrate the loss of dignity. Everything they touch turns to sh*t. Too bad. So sad.

Roads Skolar on June 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    It’s Michigander, DUMBASS! You aren’t really from here or you would know that.

    F*%^ U2 on June 28, 2010 at 1:31 am

Study done in Connecticut determines that the state is losing money on ‘Hollywood’ tax breaks.

sandy on June 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I can hear it now in those Michigan neighborhoods, “Mommy what does hung mean?”

californiascreaming on June 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm

So, we get a series about a manwhore in Michigan? Sorry, we already got that one in “Frank Garvin, Male Prostitute” in a Saturday Night Live sketch in the 70’s.

Worry01 on June 17, 2009 at 5:45 am

Why does everyone think even one person in West Bloomfield is a liberal? They richie rich assholes. As per usual we only allow the ignorant to be quoted in a so called news piece.

F*%^ U2 on June 28, 2010 at 1:34 am

I don’t think you’ve even watched the show. While I’m not a big fan it is less a show about prostitution and more a show about just trying to make it by. More and more American’s are resorting to extreme lengths to just survive, and this show is just a play on that. The show should make you laugh at the absurdity and feel bad at the same time with the unfortunate situation this man has found himself. If you think this show is the most offensive thing happening in Michigan then you are gravely mistaken and ignorant your community.

Rachet on July 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm

You right wing nuts are the idiots!

sac on September 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Debbie, you are an ignorant tramp. You stupid idiot bitch. You are so hung up on yourself you have no idea. This neighborhood is a medium class neighborhood and most of the homes have never seen Hollywood up close. Its not a porn show you jerk. Its a series that is a little on the naughty side. But so what. what isn’t a tad naughty these days on tv? Get a life and go out and get laid…you obviously need it really, really bad.

Eric on July 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

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