Look. You know it’s a slow news day when People.com is running headlines like “Celebrities Reveal the Number of People They’ve Slept with — and the Numbers Go as High as 20,000” so, we have to make do with the news we’re given, OK?
Before you get excited and click on the link thinking there is some amazing pull quote from Gerard Butler, who likes to do it on volcanoes, I’m going to put a pin in your balloon of happiness and tell you that there’s a reason why “celebrities” is used in the headline, and not “stars.” So, by all means click on the link if you want to see Screech, and Vinny from Jersey Shore brag about all the people they’ve taken to Bang Town, population: them. But for the rest of you who probably don’t care how many people Ric Flair claims he’s bedded (and for those of you who have no idea who he is) I’ll give you the highlights. A note before we do: I take these numbers with a massive grain of salt. I always think someone is lying when they’re offering up how many people they’ve slept with, because outside of judges who want to ban dancing in your town because it leads to sin, no one cares, do they? So if you’re offering up that number, there’s a reason why you want me to believe that number, and I’m not buying it. But also, I don’t care either way, so brag away, friend.
People leads with the only person everyone is going to know on this list, Mariah Carey. She has the lowest number and is the only woman on the list. Let that sink in for a moment.
No, take a beat longer to ponder that—because that says a lot, friends, but I’m tired and don’t want to get into how we treat women’s sexuality, as a society, so this is all we’re going to say on the subject…today. Anyway, here’s the link to her section, in case you want to know the details.
Now, let’s skip ahead to Mick Jagger, because I enjoyed their blurb on him. Per People:
Christopher Andersen, author of the rock star’s biography Mick, told Extra that, “By one estimate, Mick Jagger has slept with 4,000 women over the course of his life.” “In retrospect I think that may be kind of a low figure,” he added.
He also disclosed that Jagger and David Bowie were a sort of “sexual tag team” and would go to gay clubs together.
“Mick himself said at one point, ‘Everyone knows that everyone is basically bisexual,’” Andersen said, after revealing a few of Jagger’s partners, who allegedly include Farrah Fawcett and Andy Warhol.
Sexual. Tag. Team. That is an amazing turn of words. Bless em. I would have very much enjoyed watching those two in action back in the day. I wonder if they wore matching suits to the clubs? I really, really, really hope they did.
If you’re wondering, the 20,000 number from the headline, of course, comes from Wilt Chamberlain, no surprises here. It’s old news, even. However, I was surprised by People (hey, it happens sometimes) when they included this in the write up about him:
Years later, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino admitted his own mother was one of them. “My mom dated Wilt Chamberlain,” the filmmaker told NPR’s Fresh Air host Terry Gross during his press tour for Django Unchained. “She’s one of the thousand.”
Well, you learn something new every day, don’t you?