What a Creep Season 16, Episode 1: Reality Show Creeps

What a Creep
Season 16, Episode 1
“Reality TV Creeps”

Margo & Sonia celebrate season 16 with a quartet of Creeps from the Reality TV world–Erika Jayne (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,) “Mystery” Erik von Markovik (The Pickup Artist,) Omarosa Manigault Newman (The Apprentice,) and “Puck” David Rainey of The Real World San Francisco.) We are not saying they are all terrible and beyond help–but they have done really creepy things on their show and with their fame, and this is how we process things. Thank you for staying with us!

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Erika Jayne
Pretty Mess by Erika Jayne & Brian Moylan
Erika Jayne Wikipedia
Daily Mail
Hulu TV The Housewife & the Hustler
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times DEC 2020

“Mystery” Erik von Markovik
The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed.by Mystery
Neil Straus
The Game by Neil Straus
The Pickup Artist TV Show
“Ask Mystery”

Omarosa Manigault Newman from “The Apprentice”

CNN
The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast
The Washington Post
The Wrap
Wikipedia

David “Puck” Rainey from “The Real World”

Distractify
MTV
The Ranker
TMZ and more TMZ
WikipediaTrigger warnings: Domestic violence, sexism, reference to terrible music, and supporting creepy overlords.

 

What a Creep Season 15, Episode 10: The Chippendale Murder

What a Creep
Season 15, Episode 10
The Chippendales Murder

Somen “Steve” Banerjee grew up in Bombay (now known as Mumbai) and came to California in the 1960s hell-bent on becoming a success story. Starting with owning a gas station and then a nightclub in Los Angeles, his prospects seemed underwhelming until a club customer turned friend encouraged the shy, competitive Banerjee to play disco music and attract and female crowd. What started with female mud wrestling by future Creep subject Paul Snider turned the Destiny 2 club into -Chippendales-the first premiere spot for male exotic dancers. Once Banerjee brought on Emmy-winning producer Nick DeNoia the show became the premiere male stripping empire that took LA, NY, and eventually America by storm.

Eventually, Banerjee lost control of himself, DeNoia, and his empire, brought down by his greed, paranoia, and addiction, which caused the death of one of his biggest enemies.

Trigger warnings for this episode: murder, sexual language, and talk about drugs

Sources for this episode:
Wikipedia (Chippendales)
All That is Interesting.com
ABC Chicago
Secrets of the Chippendales Murders
The Independent (UK)
Oxygen
The Daily Beast
Curse of Chippendales
Welcome to Your Fantasy podcast
Deadly Dance: The Chippendales Murder by K. Scot Macdonald & Patrick Montes DeOca

What a Creep Season 16, Episode 5: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

What a Creep

Season 16, Episode 5

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on March 25, 1911

One of the biggest workplace disasters in New York City happened on March 25, 1911, in a factory on the Lower East Side, which would be described as a “sweatshop.” Hundreds of women jammed together in one large room at sewing machines creating the fashionable “Shirtwaist” blouses that were made on the cheap to make them affordable to the masses.

The fire began on the 8th floor and eventually took over several floors in the building with doors locked, no sprinkler system in place, and fire ladders that could not reach higher than the 6th floor—146 people died, most of the women and young girls. The youngest victims were two girls–14 years old.

The deaths of these people led to some of the most important worker’s rights legislation in the history of the U.S. (things we are still arguing about over 100 years later.)

Trigger warnings: Death by fire, death at the workplace

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What a Creep Season 15, Episode 9: Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is anti-abortion, but pro-death penalty and against Obamacare. He opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions, which he has described as tyranny. He’s against the legalization of marijuana and immigration reform. He is in favor of gun rights. He voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2014, AND he voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Two days after the murder of 21 people in his state of Texas, he spoke at the NRA Convention, claiming that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun – which is the exact opposite of what happened.

Ted Cruz is a disgusting creep.

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Trigger warnings: Gun violence, racism, sexism, and the world’s most punchable face

What a Creep Season 15, Episode 8: The creepy history of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is one of those wonderful, sleepy destinations in the mountains of Northern California. Known for its Boardwalk and being close to the Redwoods, it’s a travel destination and the home for more than 270,000 in a truly diverse population.

The tension between the Mexican heritage and modern “progress” is a part of the culture that really changed when the University of Santa Cruz opened there creating a youth population in the 1960s which changed the area from being seen as a tourist destination in the summer and a religious/conservative to the hippie culture. 

In the early 1970s, it was, for a time, known as “The Murder Capital of the World” with several mass killers and serial rapists who preyed on the population with victims as young as four and up to the elderly. 

Today we talk about the history of the region, the most famous crimes of the 20th century, and why you should still visit if you ever get the chance. 

Trigger warnings: Murder, sexual assault, and basic creepiness

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What a Creep Season 15, Episode 7: Belle Gibson

Belle Gibson is the creator of The Whole Pantry app and author of its companion cookbook, “The Whole Pantry.” She had claimed that she had been given only months to live after she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. But she was able to skip chemotherapy and cancer treatments and heal herself with “nutrition and holistic medicine.” You’ll be surprised to learn that’s not true. She’s such a creep. 

Trigger warning: Cancer

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What a Creep Season 15, Episode 7: Charles Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate

Charles Starkweather was 19 when he took his 14-year-old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate through Nebraska and Wyoming in January 1958 on a murder spree that ultimately took 11 lives (including her baby sister). Starkweather was obsessed with James Dean and loved the media attention and infamy this brought him. Caril Ann maintains to this day that she was an innocent victim of a psychopath.

Charles was executed on June 25, 1959, and Caril Ann served 18 years in a Nebraska prison. Their story has inspired films like Badlands, Kalifornia, and Natural Born Killers. Today we are talking about the controversy over who was the real killer and who were the real victims here.

Trigger warnings; Murder, coercive control, and sexual assault.

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This episode’s Not a Creep are the organizations that are fighting for what’s right as the US Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Cut and Mashable have put together a list of state-level organizations that you can donate to. And here’s a list of other worthy organizations.

What a Creep: Season 14, Episode 7 – Clarence Thomas

Listen to “What a Creep: Clarence Thomas (Supremely Creepy Justice of the Supreme Court)” on Spreaker.

Clarence Thomas is a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He’s only the second African-American to serve on the Court, after Thurgood Marshall. Since 2018, Thomas has been the longest-serving member of the Court, with a tenure of 30 years. He’s also a creep with a history of sexually harassing women.

Oh, and his wife, Ginni Thomas, is a creep, too.

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What a Creep Season 14, Episode 4: Peter Nygard

Peter Nygard is a Finnish-Canadian fashion executive and a super creep. More than 80 women from the Bahamas, Canada, and the United States have joined a class-action lawsuit accusing Nygard of rape, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.

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Trigger warnings: Rape and sexual assault

 

What a Creep Season 14, Episode 3: Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer has been in the news lately. His son, John Buffalo Mailer, is partnering with biographer J. Michael Lennon on a new trove of Norman Mailer’s writings on what American democracy will look like in the future. The man died in 2007 at the age of 84 and lived as big a life as any (we will get into it in this episode.)  Yet, Mailer’s longtime publisher Random House said they will not be associated with this work, instead, Skyhorse publishing (which worked with Woody Allen last year) decided to take on this new work.

Why is Mailer potentially considered “canceled” so long after his death and living a life out loud with his machismo & boorishness?  Today we will talk about Norman Mailer and why he is one of the most controversial (and creepy) writers and creators of the 20th century.

Trigger warning: Domestic violence and homophobia

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