Happy Holidays to all of you cohorts in Creepitude!
Let’s face it, 2020 was a dumpster fire, and we are more than happy to let the door hit it on the ass on the way out.
So we decided to have a little fun and offer our picks for the things that make the holidays a little (or a lot!) creepy. We hope you enjoy it with the intention of having some fun during the time of COVID!
Trigger warnings: The possible destruction of your childhood!
Charles Dickens is one of the most successful authors of the 19th Century who attracted a rock star-like following around the world for his dramatic readings. He is considered as close to Father Christmas as any man has ever been and was a champion of working-class people and liberal causes.
His work influenced writers for several generations including Willkie Collins, Jules Verne, Gorge Orwell, Roald Dahl, and Jonathan Nolan (screenwriter for The Dark Knight.)
He was also a massive creep to several important women in his life which is what we will focus on today.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful talk show hosts in the history of television. Her talk show, which ran from 1986- to 2011, was so powerful that she could create superstars from obscurity.
The Oprah Winfrey Show started as a celebrity chat/tabloid talk show but eventually, it morphed into a spiritually-based program with subjects as varied as how to empower your soul and what our dead relatives have to teach us.
Oprah is a perpetual seeker of wisdom and is unapologetically a hedonist who enjoys her wealth. She went from absolute poverty, born to a single mother to being an Oscar-nominated actress and one of the richest people in the media world.
In the search for Namaste—she has had her share of self-help hucksters on her program. Most have been forgotten—but there are a few that have been proven to be total, unrepentant Creeps
Today we will discuss four such Creeps who at one time were anointed by the Big O.
Keith Raniere made national news in the fall of 2017 when the New York Times exposed the self-help guru as a megalomaniac, a fraud, a user of women, and a person who allowed (if not blatantly enforced) a secret society of women in his NXIVM group to have sex rituals and human branding to show his loyalty to him.
He claims to have one of the highest IQs ever recorded, to have been a judo expert at the age of 12.
By thirteen, he taught himself three years of college math.
That he can cure anyone from crippling things like smoking addiction to Tourette Syndrome. He told women if they had sex with him—they would see a blue light of magic in their heads.
He called himself “Vanguard” and created a self-help program called NXIVM which for thousands of dollars—could help men and women be their true selves and achieve enlightenment.
His office in Albany, NY had a retreat every year at the end of August called “Vanguard Week” where his most devoted followers from around the world would praise him.
Some of his followers included the wealthy & elite from politics, entertainment, and being lucky enough to grow up wealthy with no boundaries on your trust fund.
He is also a total fucking creep who scammed people out of their money, dignity, and youth. He is a pedophile and a fucking asshole of the highest order.
Trigger warnings for this episode: scam artists, sexual assault, cults, pedophilia, and shitty human behavior unchecked.
Pablo Picasso is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His art career lasted 78 years, creating more than 147,800 works of art, including 13,500 paintings or designs, 100,000 prints or engravings, 34,000 book illustrations, and 300 sculptures or ceramics.
Yes, he was an amazing artist, but he was a garbage human being.
Picasso was unfaithful to every woman he claimed to love, and, at least indirectly, drove two of them to suicide. He used them for his own self-serving needs, for inspiration, and then moved on to his next inspiration.
Trigger warning: Domestic abuse, suicide, and cheating, lots and lots of cheating
In his 89 years of life, James “Whitey” Bulger mostly did whatever the hell he pleased—and usually got away with it. The notorious Boston gangster held his hometown in his clutches as the leader of the Winter Hill Gang. He was involved with everything from racketeering, extortion, murder, narcotics, and money laundering. He was eventually charged with the murder of 19 people (that we even know about) after being on the lamb for 16 years.
His story was told (not very well) in the Johnny Depp movie Black Mass (the book is much better!) The character of “Costello” in The Departed (played by Jack Nicholson) was inspired by the story of Whitey Bulger.
(Spoiler alert) He wound up killed by a younger version of himself on his first day at a prison in West Virginia. His whole life he railed against rats and snitches—but it turns out he was one of the biggest FBI informants in the 70s & 80s which shielded him from the law.
His legacy of mayhem and murder continues in the culture of Boston and the number of supposed “good guys” who were complicit in his crimes will blow your mind.
Trigger warnings: Murder, violence, sexual assault, and Margo’s frequent attempts at a Boston accent.
Alex Jones has been called “the most paranoid man in America” by Rolling Stone and the “king of conspiracy” by CNN. “The Alex Jones Show” has approximately 2 million weekly listeners and is nationally syndicated on about 60 radio stations. He also founded InfoWars.com and PrisonPlanet.com.
Alex Jones is a massive creep who has claimed that the Sandy Hook and Stoneman Douglas massacres were staged, vaccines cause autism, illegal immigrants vote for Democrats while selling “health supplements” and “survivalist” crap on his garbage show.
Marlon Brando is one of the most celebrated actors of all time. His performances as Vito Corleone, Stanley Kowalski, and Terry Malloy earned him multiple awards. He is considered a hero to artists to this day and his use of “the method” changed the way actors and the audience looked at acting as an art form. Marlin Brando was an actor’s actor.
He was also a mega creep who terrorized actors, directors and assaulted his co-star of Last Tango in Paris (along with director Bernardo Bertolucci).
Trigger warnings for this episode are sexual assault, domestic abuse, and mental health. (Please take care when listening)
With Amy Coney Barrett on her way to being confirmed to the Supreme Court, now is the perfect time to talk about women who don’t support other women. The kind of women who encourage other women to vote against their own interests.
Let’s talk about Amy Kremer. You may not have heard her name, but she’s been a big part of how we got where we are. She’s a political activist who co-founded the modern Tea Party movement, and the organizations Women for Trump and Women for America First.