It didn’t take long for the spoofs on now-former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s corruptions arrest and resignation to come out of the woodworks.
Yesterday, Charlotte Observer editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers was among the first out of the gate, with a Monopoly-inspired graphic he called “The New Game of Real Estate.”
Today, local freelancer and YouTuber Joanne Spataro, who hosts an online show, “Pillow Talk,” is spoofing Cannon’s alleged “feminine hygiene” company, which he allegedly used as a ruse to solicit cash in the bribery scheme for which he was arrested yesterday.
The company, which later records showed never actually existed, was to be called “HERS.” According to the federal complaint against Cannon, he accepted a $12,500 “zero-percent-on-return loan” for the fake company from an undercover agent posing as a businessman and seeking Cannon’s assistance with approvals for a new nightclub.
Spataro’s spoof may be slightly Not Safe For Work, but she handily mixes in quotes and factoids from the complaint against Cannon.
HERS, Spataro notes, comes in three varieties, including, “Payoff Paradise.” It’s “so fresh and breezy you’ll swear Patrick Cannon is fanning hundred-dollar bills up your skirt,” she says, referring to the government’s account of Cannon, who placed some of the $12,500 he received “near his ear and fanned the bills.”
That and more witticisms from Spataro in the video below: