Editor’s note: This opinion piece contains material some might find offensive.
For a guy who’s most famous for having sex with a pie, you’d think his career could only improve. But for actor Jason Biggs, that hasn’t been the case. Biggs has been the subject of much discussion in conservative media in the past few months for saying foul things on Twitter during the presidential campaign about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan. Nickelodeon has chosen the foul-mouthed comedian for voice work in a children’s cartoon.
But in the media, life gets better with a little help from your friends. In this case, it’s the Associated Press’s John Carucci who wrote about the star in a Nov. 13 article where he referred simply to Biggs’s “off-color comments” this year and let Biggs get away with saying, “I made a political tweet, so I got a little bit of heat from the right.”
That should be called journalistic fraud.
So let’s recap. The “American Pie” star attacked both Ann Romney and Janna Ryan this year on Twitter – but we all know that’s OK because the only “war on women” the media embrace is right on left. Never the reverse.
Earlier this year, Biggs tweeted about Paul Ryan, saying, “I bet there’s footage somewhere of Paul Ryan jerking off to a close-up photo of his widow’s peak. #RNC.”
Later Biggs made vile statements on Twitter, described by the AP as simply “off color,” about Ryan’s wife, Janna. “I’d totes dip a pinky or two in Paul Ryan’s wife’s bleached a**hole ( she obvs bleaches her a**hole.) #RNC,” Biggs tweeted.
In response to that attack, one follower on Twitter asked him about Ann Romney in this exchange: “‘How dare you ignore Ann Romney’s a**hole. Ur un-American.’ Sorry ur right. I bet hers is un-bleached and hairy.”
Biggs, who is playing Leonardo in the Nickelodeon cartoon “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” even had the network link his often-disgusting Twitter feed to its website. His comments were so awful that The Daily Mail wouldn’t post them and Nickelodeon apologized. “‘The offensive comments made by Jason Biggs last week on his personal twitter account do not reflect our company’s views or values, and we condemn them,” the company said.
Of course, that was one of those bogus Hollywood apologies that means nothing and is just intended to defuse a media controversy. Because Biggs continued his bizarre antics and Nickelodeon kept him on the show. And, thanks to AP’s press-release journalism, no one really holds Biggs accountable.
Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.