The cover of the January issue of Big Brother Skateboarding magazine
depicts an 8-year-old boy flying through the air on his skateboard. The
words “Big Brother” are printed at the top in the colorful wooden
building-block letters that young children play with. At the bottom of
the cover are the words “Kids Issue” written in blue, red and yellow —
the primary colors of a kid’s Crayola box. Presumably, this is a
skateboarding magazine aimed at children — like the 8-year-old pictured
on the front. If so, says Talk Radio Network host Guy Kemp, the cover is
anything but truthful.
The pages inside contain lewd, obscene and often pornographic
language. There are several interviews with teen-age skateboarders —
all either 14 or 15 years old. In one such interview, Omar, a
14-year-old skater was asked questions such as “If someone offered you a
job as a porn star would you take it?” “How do you want to die?” and
“Have you ever been kicked in the balls?”
Lastly, the interviewer asked: “Do you think ‘scrotum’ is a funny
word?” The boy innocently replied, “What’s a squirt ’em?” The
interviewer tried further, explaining the word. After three tries to get
the boy to say “scrotum,” the interviewer gave up, but he had one last
question to ask Omar: “Would you ever f— your mom to be as good as
‘the Muska’ (Chad Muska, a top skateboarder)?” Omar replied, “No dude.
That is terrible. No way in hell. It’s so sick. And I’d rather have fun
working my way to the top.”
Almost every interview in the magazine asked a pornographic question.
Lewis, age 15, was asked questions such as “Do you have pubic hair?”
“Have you ever seen a girl naked?” and, “Do you think that your wiener
will ever grow to be as big as daddy’s?”
Page through the magazine further, and one finds — squeezed between
two more interviews of 14-year-olds — an article called “How To Make a
Kid” by Managing Editor Dave Carnie. It reads: “Combine one penis and
one vagina. Marinate the vagina with alcohol for two hours. When it’s
loose and moist knead the penis until it reaches a hard consistency.
Repeatedly stuff the vagina with the penis until the penis is soft and
has released its juices. Bake the penis juices in the vagina for nine
months, after which a kid will drop out. Spank the kid until it emits a
scream, then cut the cord that connects it to the vagina. Serve warm.
There is much more — some of it even more graphic and shocking when
considering the context of a magazine designed for children.
What kind of magazine would ask these questions of 14- and
15-year-olds? What kind of interviewer would try to get a 14-year-old to
say “scrotum”? What kind of publication would put such material in a
“Kid’s Issue?” The answer? A magazine owned by publisher Larry Flynt.
After discovering Big Brother Skateboarding, Kemp brought it to the
attention of his nationally syndicated radio audience. Kemp read the
aforementioned parts of the magazine, censoring out certain four-letter
words that would offend listeners. The next day, Kemp was shocked to
find that he had lost affiliates.
“I’ve been fired from radio stations for this before, and I’ve lost
affiliates before,” said Kemp, “but I have never lost an
affiliate for reading out of a children’s magazine. What’s wrong with
this picture? It’s a blatant attempt to indoctrinate kids into the porno
He cited an article called “Tips for Girls” written by Sarah Stanton.
In her article Stanton gives young teen-age girls advice about how to
“steal the show” at a party. She encourages girls to “show their
boobies.” If this doesn’t attract any attention, she recommends that
young girls resort to lesbianism: “Find another girl. Find two or
three other girls. All you need to do now is find a fair amount of floor
space and undress (sloowly). Now, put on an in-home show. Don’t
be shy about it either — go to town. Do some tonsil excavating.
Tongue-fondle each other’s curves and piercings. Alcohol can really help
you in this situation.”
If lesbianism doesn’t work, Stanton advocates going back to some
casual heterosexual activity: “… find the nearest gentleman and get
all physical with him. Give him a handjob. He will really love you for
it, and you will get many head pats while performing this naughty deed.”
And if that still doesn’t work, Stanton has one more piece of
advice for teen-age girls: “Are there any animals in the house? Get
freaky on them too! Remember imagination is the key.” Considering that
Big Brother’s readership is 25 percent female, could this sort of
encouragement, as Kemp suggested, be a possible breeding ground for the
future models (and purchasers) of Flynt’s Hustler magazine?
As a parent, Kemp was outraged after reading these articles. He then
called the managing editor of Big Brother Skateboarding, Dave Carnie, to
ask him about this “Kid’s Issue.” Via telephone on Kemp’s radio show,
Carnie expressed no remorse about the obscene articles and interviews,
at times even laughing. When asked about the indecent language, Carnie
replied, “The kids that are reading our magazine are 14 and 15 years
old, even as young as 12 … they’re going to learn this stuff anyway. I
don’t care what people think.” Said Carnie, “I’m just going to do what I
think is funny.” Kemp then moved on to the Word Search and began reading
some of the words to Carnie. When asked about Hitler being in the Word
Search, Carnie laughingly said, “Hitler’s in there? That guy’s
Kemp later asked about the deceptive cover of the magazine. He asked
Carnie point-blank: “Now be honest with me … tell me the truth. Is
this (the cover) not marketed so that the parents won’t know (what’s
inside the magazine).” To this, Carnie replied, “Yes, definitely. It’s
definitely what we’re doing.”
This may be the first time anyone from a Flynt publication has
admitted to deliberately deceiving kids into purchasing a pornographic
magazine. So the question remains as to why there were no warning labels
on the cover. Carnie’s answer is startling: “We wanted a label on it,
but Flynt won’t let us put one on there because it cuts into sales.”
Flynt’s adult publications have warning labels on them, restricting
minors. Yet, even though Carnie wanted to put a warning label on this
so-called “Kids” magazine and prevent teen-agers (kids as young as 12,
admits Carnie) from reading it, Flynt said no, ostensibly to sell more
With a circulation of 100,000 copies per month, and 66,000 faithful
subscribers, Big Brother Skateboarding magazine is anything but an
underground publication. Its target age group is anywhere from 12 to 17,
sometimes even younger, as evidenced by the 8-year-old on the cover of
the January “Kid’s Issue.”
So far, Flynt has not commented on the issue. Kemp is still working
on acquiring an interview with Flynt to ask him these and other
Kemp’s program can be heard daily on Talk Radio Network from 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m. Eastern over 300 affiliates. TRN’s lineup includes Kemp, Alan
Keyes, Roy Masters, Barry Farber, Roger Fredinburg, Sean David Morton
and Lucianne Goldberg.