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Go Figure, The Guy Who Created 'Girls Gone Wild' Is Just As Scummy And Awful As You'd Expect

Updated 18 Mar 2020 677.3k views13 items

There was a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Girls Gone Wild infomercials were all over late-night television. The insanely popular GGW franchise, for those who don't know, was basically a bunch of videos in which inebriated college women, usually on spring break or some other type of vacation, were persuaded to do wild stuff on camera. The person behind the franchise was Joe Francis, who netted a cool $177 million for coaxing people who had consumed more than a few drinks into doing things they probably wouldn't have done sober.

To no one's surprise, Francis has proven over the last two decades to be less than upstanding in many ways. From tax evasion and bankruptcy to a various array of unsavory activities on GGW, there are few legal and moral issues Francis has not been caught up in at one point or another. Given the nature of GGW, the various charges and accusations levied against Francis don't seem nearly as surprising as they might otherwise. 

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