Articles on the Stephen Glover "Jackass" Interview on CFNY FM aka 102.1 The Edge
Notice to reader from Val Smith, operator of The Free Radical: On March 26, 2004, performers from the Jackass spinoff "Don't Try This At Home" tour appeared on Toronto radio station CFNY FM (aka 102.1 The Edge), hosted by the tediously unfunny Dean Blundell, a cheap Howard Stern wannabe. During the interview, held in the radio station's studio before a live audience, one of the performers, Stephen Glover (aka Steve-O), stripped naked, urinated on the floor and did a "trick" involving his genitals. Blundell ignored demands from the station's management to pull the plug on the interview, for which he received a one-day suspension.
I filed a complaint with the Toronto Police about the performance, alleging that it contravened the Criminal Code. Normally, I wouldn't waste time on Stupid Boy Tricks like this, but several people have been injured and killed imitating the dangerous, life-threatening stunts performed by the Jackass crew. Also, it's important to test the legal and regulatory framework that exists in Canada to supposedly regulate broadcasters. It has been my experience that broadcasters can do pretty much whatever they want because neither the CRTC nor the justice system will take them to task. (I did not receive a response from the Toronto Police Service to the complaint, so I assume this went nowhere. Huge surprise.)
Edge's Blundell back on air today
March 30, 2004
By John Kryk
After a one-day suspension, The Dean Blundell Show returns to 102.1 The Edge this morning. Program director Alan Cross yesterday reinstated Blundell, Jason Barr and Todd Shapiro shortly after meeting with them late yesterday afternoon.
Cross had indefinitely suspended the trio without pay on Friday when they refused to stop a lewd and profanity-laced interview with wildman Steve-O of Jackass and two sidekicks.
"We've reached an understanding," Cross said yesterday.
The FM station asked its Web site visitors to voice their opinions, and Cross said half of the more than 1,000 respondents supported the suspension, while the other half lobbied for reinstatement.
When asked if he had fined the trio, as he said Friday he'd do, Cross would only say "they have been reprimanded."
Last night Blundell told The Toronto Sun he understood management's concerns, but only to a point.
"I still think (the suspension) is a little ridiculous," he said. "They didn't trust us to go on the air today, but they reinstate us for the next day?
"You know what's happened? Because of Janet Jackson's floppy milkbag, we can't broach any areas that these small groups of society think are inappropriate. And these small groups of people are ruining it for everybody else."
So will Blundell and company tone down their own act?
"Nope. Still balls out," Blundell said. "You ride the horse that gotcha there ... We've got to do what we feel makes us successful -- and that's freewheeling."
Hint: don't try Steve-O at home
Dude's day off has usual excess, mayhem
Ex-Jackass bringing his antics to Toronto
March 24, 2004
By Murray Whyte, Entertainment Reporter
Twenty one countries in the past 12 months. Twenty nine shows in 40 nights. Endless beatings, bloodlettings, scaldings and maulings. But like a true professional, Steve-O, until lately of the disturbingly successful Jackass franchise, knows how to best prepare for the trials of international stardom.
"Aw, I'm wasted, man," he says, lolling contentedly in a Florida condominium on a rare day off from his fast-moving world tour, Don't Try This At Home, which stops in at the Guvernment in Toronto on Friday.
It would likely be a grand disappointment to his legions of fans if he wasn't. Since Steve-O's first appearance on Jackass, MTV's bonanza of self-inflicted pain, in 2000, he hasn't exactly made a name for himself as a demure teetotaler.
From a dip with the seals in South Africa's Shark Alley to repeatedly lighting himself on fire, snorting wasabi and getting tattooed in the back of a lurching 4 x 4 pounding an offroad trail, Steve-O — or Stephen Glover, to his long-suffering mother — has maintained a rigorous training regimen.
"Really, dude, all I ever cared about was partying like Motley Crue," he said, citing the drink-and-drug-addled '80s glam rock outfit with an admiring slur. "I just want to live ridiculously enough to make them proud."
So far, he's not letting them down. Since the demise of Jackass a year and a half ago, Glover has toured the world more or less non-stop, shooting segments for his new MTV show Wildboyz. Segments deemed too much even for MTV have been collected into a three-volume strong set of DVDs, where such limits need not be respected — and Steve-O doesn't. The first DVD sold 140,000 copies.
"I'm selling hundreds of thousands of copies of blatant drug abuse videos," he says on the phone, his words a boozy mush of slurs. "In every single one of them, there's illegal drug abuse that I'm blatantly allowed to film. I don't know how I get away with it."
Occasionally he hasn't. Along the way, he's managed to get arrested nine times, including a memorable stint in a Swedish jail after ingesting a condom packed full of hashish.
The day after being released, Glover and his crew found themselves in custody again, this time for a drunken rampage outside a Helsinki night club.
No big deal, Glover says. "I am yet to be arrested for doing anything that I feel is wrong. I love getting arrested for shit that I'm proud to do."
And this is what happens outside the confines of the Don't Try This At Home tour, a forum that provides Glover and friends some immunity as performing artists.
So what can we expect on stage? "I don't want to make any promises, dude," he says. And to be sure, some of his more memorable stunts, like skittering around the Serengeti in a two-man zebra suit and fending off lions, are hard to recreate on stage.
But there are at least a few guarantees. "The show is definitely a variable. But it's good, man. Basically, it's `How wasted can I possibly get and do the stunts I'm not allowed to do on TV while I'm so drunk and under the supervision of no one,'" he says matter-of-factly. "I can tell you right now, the stage is going to be covered in blood, piss, puke, broken glass — and all kinds of shit is going to happen after that."
Such as? Well, you could go by precedent. At a mid-winter tour stop in Saskatoon earlier this year, "we froze a kid's ball sack to a pole. Then this girl got jealous of him, so we froze her boobs to a pole," Glover recounts.
On his off day in Florida, Glover was passing his time relaxing, and grinding Xanax into a production assistant's drink. While the p.a. was unconscious, Glover executed the innocent prank of shaving off one his eyebrows.
"It's the funniest question in the world: What do you do when you only have one eyebrow? Do you swallow your pride and shave the other one off, too? Or do you let the other one catch up?" he said, giggling.
But lest you think he's gone soft, Glover reveals other day-off plans. "I just bought a stun gun for wake-ups. I got a ruthless stun-gun, dude," he said. "Some will leave you twitching and frothing at the mouth."
Knowing full well such implements are verboten in Canada, Glover has made other plans. "Stun guns are illegal, but car batteries are not. I'm actually working on a car battery plan — like jumper cables attached to my butt cheeks is fine."
According to Canadian law, he's right. But some elements of Glover's on-stage performance might not pass this test — for one, the infamous Butterfly, which involves a staple-gun and the creative arrangement of Glover's scrotum. "It depends on how the venue feels about full frontal male nudity. I'm not going to do it half-assed," he said.
At the moment, Glover intends to do his best to keep this Canadian sojourn arrest-free, though some run-ins with the law would be welcome. "If I could get some goofy-looking Canadian cops on horses to whip out a breathalyzer and tell me I'm legally dead, I'll be happy," he said.
And besides, "illegal" is in the eye of the beholder, right? "Aw, dude, exactly, man. All I'm guilty of is living my art."