Off-Ramp host John Rabe rants about an insulting pitch, then presents Andy Kline's public radio twist on the concept of sugar daddies and the women who love them, and prefer them to, you know, actually working or thinking for themselves.
Most of the pitches we get for possible radio segments are fine. They may not be right for Off-Ramp, but they're not actually insulting. This one crosses the line and makes me wonder if they weren't consciously waiting for Betty Ford, champion of the ERA, to die before putting it out there:
“If there’s one thing a Sugar Daddy likes more than women, its money,” says Elle, Sugar Baby and Mentor at SugarSugar.com, “So when he’s face down in his tuna tartar crunching numbers over his lunch break, he won’t be looking up at you.” SugarSugar.com, the niche dating site where “romance meets finance,” announces today the “Top Sugar Dating Hot Spots” in ten cities across the country. ... This list will help guide sugar daters to the right place at the right time, helping singles make that first connection with someone who could literally be the girl or guy next door.
The syntax is a tortured, but still manages to be denigrating to 99% of women and men who aren't interested in hooking up with someone who is essentially a prostitute. (It's also frankly insulting to real prostitutes, who don't pretend to be something else.)
And the winners are:
Los Angeles - The Chateau Marmont: LA is known for flaunting its wealth and its women, and is a hot spot for industry execs, celebrity mingling, and some of the sexiest women and most generous men in the world. The landmark Chateau Marmont has long been known as the place celebs go to be bad, and visitors and partygoers alike tend to follow suite.
She means "suit."
New York - Rose Bar: Few New York hot spots manage to stay that way, but this swanky lounge at the Gramercy Park Hotel has stood the test of time, and has been attracting the rich and famous for the past five years. Dress to impress and pray someone buys you that $20 cocktail.
Then you'll know you're really someone!
Scottsdale - Ocean Club: Well heeled patrons flock to Mastro’s Ocean Club for the lavish food, service and ambiance. Splurge on dinner or head to the bar which features a scene of beautiful women, businessmen, casual couples and cougars galore.
Dallas - Rattlesnake Bar: Located inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, this bar’s patrons are a mixture of old money and new, and is frequented by athletes and businessmen. Don’t worry ladies, the valet is free, so put on your best duds and pull in proudly behind the Porches and Maseratis.
...in your Pacer?
Miami - The Delano Hotel: There's no place in South Beach quite like the Delano, and if you're in need of a sugar daddy, The Delano is your best bet. Hosting rich men and beautiful women is the signature of the Rose Bar at this glamorous Miami landmark – which offers a quiet and elegant atmosphere in the midst of the frantic Miami nightlife.
Hint: "Elegant" means, "Don't let your thong show!"
Chicago - East Bank Club: A favorite of Chicago politicians, eager women and deep pocketed businessmen, this club is made for working up a sweat in the gym rather than the dance floor. However, with three bars - including a poolside lounge - there’s plenty of time for the beautiful people to mingle after their cardio.
And after he's been through a tough workout, it's so much easier to tell which rich old geezer is likely to die of a heart attack after you marry him!
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Thanks, Katie! But I think you're missing a great angle. Isn't this a business story? Something like, "With California college tuitions skyrocketing and a plummeting job market, thousands of women will be turning from self-improvement and actual work to ingratiating themselves as the courtesans of the 21st Century, and sugarsugar.com will be there to help ..." Heck, I'll even send this over to Marketplace and The Wall Street Journal for you.