"We Need A Bigger Well Of Fug To Pull From"
WC: Oh, that's fantastic.
H: It's going to be fun.
J: So that's sort of it.
WC: That's plenty!
H: Someone asked if we were going to do a Fug Awards book every year, and we were like, "Oh my God, that took us over a year to put together."
WC: The photo research alone.
H: I think we turned in our last notes on the proofs in September or October, and it just came out. It's one of those things where the printing just takes a while. And we need people to keep making fugs! We need a bigger well of fug to pull from.
WC: I don't think that will be a problem. Though part of it is, you have to find new people, not just new offenses.
J: Yeah, exactly.
H: There's only so much you can write about Lindsay Lohan sometimes before you're like, "You know what? I'm spent." And no more Britney. We're just grateful that we didn't make her a winner.
J: We were worried that she was going to die before the book came out. I mean, in general, I want her to stay alive, but really stay alive until the book comes out.
H: When we turned in our first draft of the book, we turned it in at the end of the week, and she was in one of the last sections we'd written. And I was writing it in the middle of the week, and it was like, "Britney's in rehab." "Oh, thank God, let's put that in." "No, she's left." "Oh, she went back in." "Oh, she shaved her head." How many edits can we make?! So we just turned it in, like, "Cross your fingers!" We didn't make her the winner, thank God, because I just feel like, even back then, as we were finishing the book, we were like, "Hopefully, rehab will fix this." Turns out it all went a little deeper than that.
J: It's only funny if everybody has their shit together, not if the clothes are the least of their problems.
H: If you know it's someone who might actually be mentally ill, you can't say anything. Bai Ling says she has several personalities, but at least there's a sense of whimsy to what she's doing.
WC: She's not just the crazy lady at the park.
H: She's not slipping out of cars with her skirt over her head and stuff like that. And there's no children involved. You can kind of have a little more fun with that. But Britney is sad. I can't watch Crossroads anymore!
WC: Yeah. That's the tragedy.