Terry Gross: Too Hot for Mississippi


Terry Gross may look like a woodland creature, but she has a sexy, seductive voice. She can't help it. It's fine when she's using it to talk about, say, the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia or the Bush dynasty, but when she even remotely touches on topics of a sexual nature, people can get a little hot and bothered. Specifically, people at the local affiliate in Mississippi, which has pulled Fresh Air from its schedule. According to director Judith Lewis:

"Too often Fresh Air's interviews include gratuitous discussions on issues of an explicit sexual nature. We believe that most of these discussions do not contribute to or meaningfully enhance serious-minded public discourse on sexual issues. Our listeners who wish to hear Fresh Air may find it online."

What was the tipping point? Was it the sultry way Terry referred to "tea-bagging"?

Apparently, it was this titillating exchange with Louis CK:

Louis CK: But if I'm with a woman and she wants to be with me, she must like me. I definitely have sex with my T-shirt on, always. I haven't had sex without a shirt on, God, since I was about 23.
Terry Gross: Is that true?
Louis CK: Yeah, I just don't think that's fair. I mean, you know, let her think she's with somebody decent, you know? ... I do have sex sometimes on the show, and there's a rule that I have to be on my back.
Terry Gross: Why, because your stomach flattens?
Louis CK: Well, no, God, no. I'm not laying back in that bed thinking, "I look awesome right now." It's because I think I should always be the victim of the sex. I don't think anyone wants to see me looming over her. I think that's an upsetting image. And then also, the mother-dog stomach that I get when I'm ... you get the point.

They're right about one thing. 'Mother-dog stomach" is the sort of image that definitely belongs on the Internet. In fact, it should probably have its own website.

Who's Afraid of Terry Gross? [Jewcy]