Over the weekend, I received the CD of material that Cyrus Sanai says he downloaded from Judge Kozinski’s server/website. I am publishing more of that material in this post, including video material that I was previously unable to publish.
Last week, I published several images that Mr. Sanai had e-mailed me. I concentrated on publishing the material that had been mentioned in the initial L.A. Times article. Mr. Sanai was unable to e-mail me video files, and accordingly he mailed me the disc.
In my earlier post, I said:
[T]he images on Judge Kozinski’s web site are the story of the day, and I believe they are news. I believe that the only way for the public to evaluate them properly is to have the opportunity to look at them firsthand. Accordingly, I have uploaded some of these images to my site, so that interested readers can view them.
After I received the CD, I considered very carefully the question of whether to publish more material. After all, the story is now several days old. The material is unlikely to change people’s minds greatly. The people who were shocked by the previous material will be shocked by some of this material; the people who weren’t shocked by any of it are unlikely to be shocked by the material here.
However, as with the images I had received from Mr. Sanai by e-mail, I was struck by how different some of the material was from the text descriptions offered in the newspaper. As with some of the items in the previous post, there were some items — but not all — that appeared more innocuous and/or humorous in context. There is also at least one movie file that seems pornographic, with little discernable humorous value — but it’s still not illegal, or any different from hundreds of thousands of similar videos floating around the Internet.
I still think there’s no substitute for looking at the actual material. This is likely the last post I will publish about this material, but I think it helps complete the coverage, and sheds more light on the controversy.
So, after much thought and internal debate, I have decided to round out the public record with respect to the images that were specifically described by the L.A. Times, as well as the files that Mr. Sanai had specifically mentioned to me. In addition, I’m going to include some of the more innocuous material, including some of the specific items described by Ms. Tiffany in her e-mail. I’ll try to give you an overview of the nature of the material as a whole: how extensive it is, and how much it concentrates on sexual or pornographic themes.
I am tucking most of this within the extended entry. Regular readers who are offended by such material, or bored with the story, are welcome to skip to the next post.
However, there are a few things that I want everyone to see.
The original article said:
Some nonsexual material on the website might also be considered demeaning to women: There was mock mathematical equation presented as “proof that girls are evil,” and a photo of a 1950s-era mother and her daughter sharing a book titled, “Becoming a Bitch.”
Let’s take a look at the equation:
Here is the “Becoming a Bitch” image:
Different people will have different reactions, but again, there is no substitute for viewing the actual material.
Also, mentioned by nobody, but one of the funniest things I saw on the whole CD, was this notice of appeal by a particularly angry pro per (explicit language warning).
Also on the disc was the best commercial for a lawyer I have ever seen. The lawyer screams:
I cannot rip out the hearts of those who hurt you! I cannot hand you their severed heads! But I can hunt them down and settle the score! I’ll squeeze them for every dime I can! Every single dime!
View it here. I have watched it several times, and never tire of viewing it.
Now, on to the more explicit material.
As with my previous post, I’ll warn you that there are depictions of nudity and/or sexual activity. In some cases, even my descriptions are explicit. If you click on “more” you will see the explicit descriptions. If you click on a link to a file, you may see something very explicit. You are warned.
There are roughly 400 items on the CD I was sent, including about 24 .mp3 files, about a dozen .pdfs, about 10 applications of various types, well over 200 video files, around 100 image files in various formats, 15 Power Point presentations, and various other miscellaneous files.
I wasn’t able to make my way through everything. When there are around 400 files, there is a limit to how much you can look at. But I looked at a pretty good cross-section; probably the majority of it.
For what it’s worth, I saw virtually nothing in the folder that was clearly private. There is one photo of Judge Kozinski with three young men, apparently a family shot of some sort, titled “Hawaii.” I didn’t notice anything else like that.
If I had to pick a phrase to describe most of the humor, it would be “beer commercial humor.” And indeed, there are a lot of beer commercials. A lot. Some are pretty funny.
There is a sizable percentage of sexual-themed humor, including cartoons, photos, videos, and the like.
MATERIAL FITTING THE DESCRIPTION OF MATERIAL FLAGGED BY THE L.A. TIMES
In the initial L.A. Times article about the images, we read this:
The sexually explicit material on the site was extensive, including images of masturbation, public sex and contortionist sex. There was a slide show striptease featuring a transsexual, and a folder that contained a series of photos of women’s crotches in snug-fitting clothing or underwear.
Let’s start with “masturbation, public sex and contortionist sex.”
The most striking image of masturbation on the CD is the one that Mr. Sanai told me to open first. The file name is “BestWomanDriver” and it is a video of a woman giving a man a hand job as she drives.
The video is 1 minutes 27 seconds in length. It starts with a shot of a clothed woman driving a car. She is driving on the right side of the car, as they do in England. The video appears to be shot from the point of view of the passenger, or perhaps a backseat passenger leaning forward. Eventually, the woman takes the front passenger’s fully visible erect penis in her hand and strokes it. This goes on for almost a minute, with the camera focused on the penis for virtually that entire time. At the end of the video, the man ejaculates. The semen can be seen squirting from his erect penis. Some of it gets on the woman’s hand, and she licks her fingers.
The video was on the CD of materials that Mr. Sanai sent to me that he claims were on Judge Kozinski’s server. A file bearing the same name showed up in a search I did this weekend using the Yahoo search engine. I put the file name “bestwomandriver.wmv” into the Yahoo search engine, and a file by that name came up with an address on alex.kozinski.com. You can view the screenshot I took here.
For what it’s worth, a file by that name is also one of a long list of files that a commenter of mine claims to have pulled off a search engine cache. That comment was published in the early morning hours of June 12. The IP address for the comment is not the same IP address that Mr. Sanai has used to comment on my site.
I e-mailed the commenter and asked him what search engine he had pulled the list of files from. He e-mailed me several images that he said came from Yahoo Site Explorer. You can see one of those images here. It contains a file with the same name as this file, as well as several other file names identical to files described in this post. The commenter gave me his full name, which he did not want published, and confirmed that he pulled this list of files from Yahoo on the morning of June 12, 2008. That does not necessarily mean that the files were on the server on that date; it just means that the Yahoo search revealed them on that date, according to my commenter.
When I first heard the file name of this video from Mr. Sanai, I expected that there might be some undisclosed humorous component to the video, such as a double entendre treating a man’s erection as a stick shift, or some such thing. If there is any joke in connection with the video, it lies in the juxtaposition of the title — “BestWomanDriver” — together with the subject matter. Otherwise, there is nothing inherently humorous that I noticed about the video.
I can’t say for sure whether this video was among the material viewed by the L.A. Times. I contacted Marcy Tiffany and Scott Glover to ask them whether they had any personal knowledge of this video being on Judge Kozinski’s server. I received no response for publication, but I am always willing to update the post and/or allow comments. As with all the material, if this video was on Judge Kozinski’s site, I do not know whether he uploaded it, or someone else.
The video can be viewed here.
Mr. Sanai also encouraged me to post a link to a video called “chinesemassproduction.” It shows over a hundred Asian couples in a single room, fully naked, lined up in rows, copulating in the exact same position. The video grays out portions of the genitals, so that you cannot see erect penises entering the women’s vaginas. The “oddity” character of this video is beyond dispute. The video is all over the Internet, so I don’t need to upload it to my site. View it here.
As with the “bestwomandriver” video, you can plug the video name “chinesemassproduction.wmv” into Yahoo, and get a hit to a document on alex.kozinski.com. View my screenshot here.
In another video of public sex, we see two people in the top row of a stadium. The woman is sitting on the man and moving around. They appear to be fully clothed, yet they are obviously having sex.
They think nobody can see them, but they’re being taped.
View it here.
This video is in some ways an apt metaphor for what happened to Kozinski.
Like Kozinski’s site, the actions of the people on the video are ultimately behavior that was done in public. That behavior sounds pretty bad when it’s described, but when you see it, it’s not really as bad as you thought. The people involved didn’t think anyone could see what they were doing. But they should have been aware of the possibility. Because they weren’t, their actions ended up being viewed by people when they did not intend for that to happen.
The video of contortionist sex is, I believe, the same video that is described in a different article as “a video of a couple simultaneously orally copulating one another.” It is titled “upside down.” It is 24 seconds in length and shows two fully naked people. It is difficult to describe in words what they are doing. The man is lying on a couch with his back on the couch cushions. On top of him is a woman straddling his face with her legs, and arching her back and turning upside down, and sucking on his erect penis while her body is contorted and upside down. It can be viewed here.
While pornographic and very graphic, it certainly has an “oddity” value to it. The oddball nature of the video is fully conveyed by the newspaper’s description of it as “contortionist sex” in one article, but not by the description of it as “a video of a couple simultaneously orally copulating one another” in another article.
As with “BestWomanDriver,” this video was accessible through search engines. It is listed in this list of search engine cache files pulled by my commenter. The “upsidedown” video was also listed in the Yahoo cache memorialized here.
“Camel toe” photos of women’s crotches
The set of “camel-toe” photos is interesting, because it clearly has a humorous aspect that is completely absent from the L.A. Times description of it as “a folder that contained a series of photos of women’s crotches in snug-fitting clothing or underwear.” As with so much of this material, many would consider the humor to be in poor taste, but it’s nevertheless clearly an attempt at humor.
There are actually no photos as such, but rather two videos that have a series of photos accompanied by an allegedly humorous song sung to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo,” with the refrain “I see your camel toe.” In the video, various images of vaginas in tight-fitting clothing are compared to items like tacos, clam shells, biscuits turned on their sides, and so forth — and images of those items are interspersed with the images of the women’s crotches.
Slideshow of woman shaving pubic hair
The initial article said:
[Kozinski] also said he planned to get rid of a graphic step-by-step pictorial in which a woman is seen shaving her pubic hair.
That’s a pretty accurate description of the Power Point, which is titled brazilian-hair-cut. It is a sort of how-to slide show which, despite the name of the file, appears to be in Spanish and not Portuguese. (Don’t make me swear to it.) You can view it here. It was also available through the Yahoo search engine, through a cache.
If you look at it, check out the old guy in the last slide. The look on his face is pretty amusing. But you have to scroll through a lot of explicit photos to get to it.
Naked woman showering
A subsequent L.A. Times article repeated some of these descriptions, and added references to other material, including:
a video of a couple simultaneously orally copulating one another; a video of a naked woman showering and massaging her breasts . . .
As noted, the “video of a couple simultaneously orally copulating one another” appears to be the contortionist sex video linked above. The “video of a naked woman showering and massaging her breasts” has something of a ridiculous aspect to it, in that her breasts are each individually far larger than her head. You can view that video here.
MATERIAL IDENTIFIED BY MARCY TIFFANY
Marcy Tiffany described the material on the server as follows:
Glover also wrote that “the sexually explicit material on the site was extensive.” In fact, of the several hundred items in the “stuff” folder, the vast majority was cute, amusing, and not in the least bit sexual in nature. For example, there’s a program that lets you build a snowman (no private parts involved). There’s a “stress reliever” that lets you take a virtual hammer to your desktop (which I’ve been using a lot lately). There’s a picture of freshly painted double-yellow lines that go right over road kill, with the caption “not my job award.” There’s something called “cool juggle” that shows a video of a guy juggling who drops a ball outside the frame and becomes a stick figure when he goes to pick it up. There are over 300 individual items in the “stuff” folder, the vast majority of which are of this nature. In addition, this folder contains about a half-dozen items that, while humorous, also have some kind of sexual aspect. Most of these you have already identified on your website.
The “cool juggle” image is here:
The “not my job award” is here:
There are indeed a sizable number of humorous, amusing, or diverting files similar to those described by Ms. Tiffany. I can’t begin to upload them all. There is a video called “Arrested Texas Style” where a guy is flat-out run over by a police vehicle. There is a file called “Not Good” with a series of photos of people in the middle of situations ranging from unpleasant to disastrous: people about to have buckets of water land on their heads; people in a car in the process of tipping over; people flying through the air after having fallen off a motorcycle, etc. There is a slide show about how criminals steal ATM cards and PINs from people. Another about a large-scale pot-growing operation. There is a video of a Japanese guy making fish swim in formation. There is a lot of non-sexual material. There is an application that makes mice walk across your screen. And so forth.
Material like that, in my judgment, forms the majority of the items on the disc.
These are a vast number of whimsical videos that are just amusing.
There are countless commercials. Dozens of them, mostly with the sort of humor that accompanies beer commercials. A dog is happy with his food, and can play amazing ping-pong with his tail. An ad for the Berlitz language school has a new German Coast Guard member taking a distress call from an English-speaking captain saying he is “sinking.” The German Coast Guard guy says, “What are you sinking about?” Get it? He should learn better English. This sort of thing goes on and on and on.
After a while I stopped opening videos because I couldn’t take looking at another commercial.
There is also a lot of humor with a sexual aspect, including a couple dozen items or more that I saw with images of nudity. We covered some of those in a previous post, or earlier in this post. But here are some other examples:
There is an image called “HomerLookAlike” which places part of Homer Simpson’s face over an explicit shot of a woman’s vagina to make it appear as though the vagina is Homer Simpson’s five o’clock shadow. You can view it here.
There are three images of Canadian money picturing women with bare breasts. An example is here.
There is another MasterCard spoof (similar to the two linked in the previous post) in which four women smile for the camera. One has her skirt hiked up and you can see pubic hair. The punch line: “Your Beaver on the Internet: Priceless.” View that slice of humor here.
There is a close-up shot of a woman’s shaved crotch, with a thong like a piece of dental floss covering nothing, with a caption reading “Democrats New Slogan . . . Read My Lips . . . No More Bush.” View it here.
A woman takes her clothes off. The file is titled wall-mart-greeter.
I’m not going to upload them all. There is a video of a topless woman doing gymastics titled “bouncybouncy.” There is an application where you click on boxes with numbers to gradually unclothe an attractive naked woman, and when you click on the last box that will reveal her breasts, up pops a picture of a man mooning you, with his cheeks spread quite unattractively. There is a program that shows two naked woman, standing in a pool, one behind the other, with the breasts of the one in front fully exposed. If you move the mouse around, her right breast moves at the command of your mouse. There is a cigar commercial in which a woman rolls a cigar between her naked breasts. (It’s a foreign commercial.) There is a video called “Muscle Tricks” in which a woman takes off her bikini top and flexes her bare breasts. There is a file called “Nutcracker” which is a German commercial in which a topless woman emerges from a shower, comes up to a plate of walnuts, and cracks them by placing them between her buttocks and squeezing. This material, and more like it, is all perfectly soft-core and humorous in nature.
There are numerous cartoons, images, and videos of a mostly humorous nature. Many (but certainly not all) have some silly sexual aspect to them, with no explicit depiction of nudity (except for the cartoons, which often do). The description of the material by Wonkette as “the sort of naughtiness you’d find in the dirty birthday cards section at Spencer Gifts” is very apt for a lot of the material.
I doubt this post will change anyone’s mind about this controversy, but it does provide a fuller picture of what Mr. Sanai claims he found on the website/server. I think that providing this extensive description, with a number of examples, provides fairness to all sides by giving a fuller picture of what generated this controversy.