Oui author speaks on KPFK


KPFK, the Pacifica station in L.A., has been hitting Schwarzenegger this week for serving on the board of U.S. English and the published reports that he gropes female journalists and movie set women. Today the Democracy Now! show had on Peter Manso, author of the Oui interview with Arnold in 1977. (Full transcript) He stressed that he has no problems with the behavior Schwarzenegger talked about in Oui, but he thinks that Arnold views women as "hunks of meat." He also says that 6-7 years ago Arnold paid $1 million for outtakes to Pumping Iron that may show the orgies in progress.

He’s chemically incapable of being in the presence of a woman without flirting, without sexual innuendo, without some kind of sexual play. Throughout the interview he did with me…the attitude that runs throughout is to put it bluntly, women are hunks of meat, no more, no less. That Maria Shriver should basically subscribe to the same world view is appalling.

The last sentence responds to a comment on the show by Karen Pomer, a Southern California rape-victims activist once interviewed for NBC Dateline by Maria Shriver. After the interview, Pomer claims, Shriver told her that if she was ever raped, Schwarzenegger would leave their marriage because she would be damaged goods.

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