USC’s Boobgate… the scandal that wasn’t

usc_boobs3.jpgIf you’re thinking I wanted to update you on the USC Boobgate “scandal” just so I could post this censored picture, you would only be half right.

It turns out that a USC student’s blog, “The Cardinal Martini”, is the source that led the news media to find out about a USC Professor had posted topless photos of herself on the internet. In addition, the blog itself is dedicated to having the professor in question, Dr. Diana York Blaine, fired for supposedly claiming that all male USC students are rapists and openly discriminating against male students in her classes.

However, in yesterday’s comments The Cardinal Martini defended himself and his fellow conservative Trojans from tipping off the media to the photos:

Just for the record we, the “conservative USC students”, didn’t contact the media. An intern or somebody at NBC4 stumbled onto the photos on our blog. I know this because I asked Cary Berglund how he came to learn about the photos.


There are two issues of interest here. The first is of the media trying to create a controversy instead of reporting on one. Secondly, there’s The Cardinal Martini’s charges against Dr. Blaine.

To tackle the issue of a scandal, one only needs to recognize that there was no public discourse about Dr. Blaine’s topless shots ahead of NBC 4’s coverage of the story. In fact, when the station contacted USC Adminstration about the photos not only were they not aware of them, they indicated that as long as they were on Blaine’s personal website, they weren’t concerned. Even with NBC 4’s efforts there appears to be no public outcry over the photos… except of course from the guys at The Cardinal Martini. Which makes me wonder – did Cary Berglund at NBC 4 have an agenda when pursuing this story, or were they just hoping to make news instead of reporting it?

As for “CardMart’s” repeated and insistent claim that Dr. Blaine has said that all male USC students are rapists, there is no such direct quote. The line CardMart insists means the same thing comes from an op-ed piece in the Daily Trojan where she said:

So if a few bad eggs don’t respect women’s right to decide if to have sex with them, why should I hold the whole football team accountable? Because I do. Because I hold every single male on this campus responsible. Because every single male on this campus has the responsibility for stopping rape. Every fraternity brother, every science major, every professor, every one of them.

Between this and the nudie shots are a half dozen other reasons why the Cardinal Martini believes Dr. Blaine is unsuitable to remain a USC Professor, and you can read a summary here. The evidence for the other charges is equally compelling. I’ll reserve my opinion on the validity of their claims til later, if only because it might give me an excuse to post even more topless photos on this site.

8 Replies to “USC’s Boobgate… the scandal that wasn’t”

  1. those dudes are OBSESSED with her at that cardinal martini site. . .maybe someone’s been looking at naughty pictures of the professor too long and has a little crush. . .

    is blogging about someone in this way the same as making fun of them and chasing them around on the playground?

  2. “So if a few bad eggs don’t respect women’s right to decide if to have sex with them, why should I hold the whole football team accountable? Because I do. Because I hold every single male on this campus responsible. Because every single male on this campus has the responsibility for stopping rape. Every fraternity brother, every science major, every professor, every one of them.”

    Interesting if very odd argument.

    “So if a few bad eggs don’t respect women’s right to decide if to have sex with them, why should I hold the whole synagogue accountable? Because I do. Because I hold every single Jew on this campus responsible. Because every single Jew on this campus has the responsibility for stopping rape.”

    Would that be an acceptable argument for a USC professor to make?

    Suppose we stick with sex and imagine a hypothetical situation in which a female USC student is convicted of filing a false rape accusation. Would that be the responsibility of every female at USC to prevent? How about a female USC student cha

  3. dude, come on. this is so easy. it operates on the same logic that things like “it takes a village to raise a child” operate on.

    when people say that no one gets all crazy and says “dammit, no. i’m not raising your child!”

  4. Cindylu, rest assured now that the current semester at USC is over, all of us will probably blog less since we have a chance to get away from computer-oriented school work.

    David, as I told you before, I was as surprised as anyone that Cary Berglund reported on this. I had no idea it was coming. All of us at Cardinal Martini were content harassing Dr Blaine within the confines of blogworld, and to be perfectly frank, all this attention has been giving me a headache. I’ve never gotten so much hatemail in my life.

    I imagine Berglund’s only agenda in all this was to get viewers for his station… that’s how NBC4 gets money and that’s how he gets a paycheck. But I could be wrong on that since it’s only speculation.

  5. Good grief; heard about the picture flap and think it is so much foolishness.

    And let me be clear, I am a third-generation USC alum, and a registered Republican of 26 years, and I will be upset with the University if they do anything negative about this professor . . . and I will be calling Steven (Sample) to let him know that too.

    Can’t hardly believe it.

    On the other hand I believe “harassing” a professor may well be grounds of disciplinary action. Enjoy your 15 minutes, kids, because more than a few of us — and our alumni money — think you belong at another school. Any other school. You’re no Trojans.

    — Alum, ’82

  6. USC Alum, I used “harassing” hyperbolically. I think we’re on solid ground pointing out the various outrageous statements she’s made. I find it peculiar that you think, on one hand, a nontenured Lecturer should suffer no disciplinary action for what she’s done, but we should be punished for merely drawing attention to her.

    Your status as an alleged ‘SC grad and a Republican have no weight at all on what you’ve written. You’re still just being silly.

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