LAist Interview: HotChicksWithDoucheBags' Jay Louis
Since its launch in March 2006, Hot Chicks With Douchebags has delivered exactly what it promises, "Pictures of hot chicks with total and complete douchebags. With commentary."
While the pictures themselves, like the one seen above (fittingly a photo taken in LA) or of our beloved editor here, are incredible, it's the commentary from the site's creator Jay Louis that has helped this blog reach legendary status. HCwDB has become so popular it's been featured in the pages of Playboy and has earned Jay, also known as Douchebag1 a book deal based on the site. The book which is titled, HOT CHICKS WITH DOUCHEBAGS: Deconstructing the Unholy Wrongness of Hottie/Douchey Coupling and How to Recover from the Douchebag Plague will hit shelves in Spring 2008. The Los Angeles resident took time out from 'bag hunting to catch up with LAist.
What is a douchebag?
Douchebaggery, in its purest state, is about absurdly ridiculous male performance in the interests of impressing a female. It is about men willing to look as ridiculous as possible in the hopes that this "confidence" will impress and confuse the female enough for them to get some. But even if it works, that doesn't mean we can't mock them.
On average how many pics do you get sent to you a day? How long does it take to decide which ones are blogworthy and which ones aren't? How do you determine true douchebags from posing douchebags?
I recieve about 30-40 submissions a day. It's pretty clear which are worth running and which are just angry hotties submitting ex-boyfriends or college kids submitting their friends.
Has a guy ever found his photo and contacted you? Does it happen often? If so, what are the reactions like?
When the site was first starting out I'd get lots of hate-mail, but now most people seem to enjoy it, and while the 'bags I make fun of certainly aren't happy about it, they seem to roll with it, take their lumps and move on. If I get a request from either person in the pic to take it down, I do. That's my policy.