Letter: A story of courage, part two

To the Editor:

I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I will have to write part two so soon. My earlier article was published on Dec. 19, 2017. The difference is that this article is about the sexual exploitation of male models.

I read with dismay, anger and shock The New York Times article on Sunday, Jan. 14, about the sad state of affairs in the fashion, perfumery, apparel, entertainment and so on businesses at the hands of photographers. These predators who are comparable to perverts, pimps and pariahs have used sadistic methods bordering on sodomy. Just reading the incidents spanning three decades over which these atrocities were alleged to be committed, the consistency of the lurid descriptions by some male models, the corporate greed to increase profits at any cost including vulgar and rotten actions gives the impression that there is without reasonable doubt an element of truth, sadly though. I would urge the federal government to step in and regulate this unregulated and union free business. No wonder the lawyers are already busy with explanations.

A step back. It starts with our prep schools in New England where under the guise of “Senior Salute” at prom time, devilish bravado by some leaves a scar on a girl for life, the city managers of Flint, Mich., serving poisoned water to its citizens, the opening of illegal credit card accounts at Wells Fargo Bank, the branding of women with the initials of the CEO of a now notorious organization in Albany, N.Y., for none other than sadistic pleasure, and the list goes on. This gives me the impression that these rotters belong to a “SH--HO--- culture.”

I urge young men and women who are in or contemplating getting into the modeling business to think a hundred times that the short term entices of money and fame are not worth it. The human body is sacred.

Ted Lobo

Hickory Lane, Jan. 15