Hoe Activities

I have one reason for mentioning this story (H/T Kathy):

A little-known Republican group that claims to have swayed the 2004 presidential election with provocative radio advertising aimed at black and Hispanic audiences is spending nearly $1 million this year to boost the GOP’s chances of holding on to a majority in Congress.

The group, America’s Pac, began running ads last month in more than two dozen congressional districts.The campaign discusses issues ranging from warrantless wiretapping to school choice, but the most inflammatory spots pertain to abortion. . . .

Another ad features a dialogue between two men.

“If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked,” one of the men says.

“That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed,” the other replies.

“Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican,” the first man says.

The reason for posting this? Not to point out the obvious: That in this debate over what to do with the “little mistake” no-one ever mentions what the repository of the mistake – the ho – might want. Nope. Big Man A tells Big Man B to dispose of the problem. Like no-one else is involved, it’s just his decision. B’s response? “I don’t snuff my seed.” No mention of what the woman wants to do about his seed. Why should there be? She’s just a ho. Something that exists solely for his pleasure. And the final solution? Get the Republicans involved.

Nope, that’s not why I posted this. I did it because it’s a great excuse for me to share with you my all time favorite footnote. Number one, from the Seventh Circuit case of United States v. Murphy:

The trial transcript quotes Ms. Hayden as saying Murphy called her a snitch bitch “hoe.” A “hoe,” of course, is a tool used for weeding and gardening. We think the court reporter, unfamiliar with rap music (perhaps thankfully so), misunderstood Hayden’s response. We have taken the liberty of changing “hoe” to “ho,” a staple of rap music vernacular as, for example, when Ludacris raps “You doin’ ho activities with ho tendencies.”

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5 Comments on “Hoe Activities”


  1. […] UPDATE: Wheeler has a great post about the inherent sexism in the ads, but the best part is the funniest legal footnote ever. […]

  2. Dan Says:

    I’ve seen a few hilarous judicial footnotes. I talked about one of them in one of my first posts.

  3. jnn Says:

    That’s one of my favorites too!

  4. Eric Says:

    The Seventh Circuit footnote you quote was recently cited in an unpublished order of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. See, Roberts v. Cardinal Health, 2006 WL 744270 (W.D.Mo. 2006) (unpublished order).
    The text of footnote 2 from that opinion reads:
    Cardinal quotes Roberts as discussing “hoeing” with his female co-workers. A person is “hoeing” when he or she uses a garden tool with a thin, flat blade on a long handle to weed or cultivate land. See Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged), 1076 (1993) (definition of “hoe”). Obviously, there is nothing overtly sexual or racially offensive about “hoeing.” The Court, following the lead of the Seventh Circuit, has taken the liberty of changing “hoeing” to “hoing.” See U.S. v. Murphy, 406 F.3d 857, 859 FN 1 (7 Cir.2005) (Seventh Circuit interprets “hoe” as “ho” and observes that “ho [is] a staple of rap music vernacular as, for example, when Ludacris raps ‘You doin’ ho activities with ho tendencies.” ‘). The Court’s research has revealed that “hoing” is an alteration of “whoring” meaning “to have unlawful sexual intercourse as or with a whore.” See Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged), 2612 (1993) (definition of “whoring”).


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