Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s 'junk' isn’t funny
A South California woman is in jail after cutting off her husband's penis; readers say it's no laughing matter
July 13th, 2011
04:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s 'junk' isn’t funny

Comment of the day:
“If this were Chuck Norris, right now they'd just be fixing the garbage disposal." - Aezel

Wife cuts it off

Things went from bad to worse for a divorcing Southern California couple when Catherine Kieu Becker allegedly drugged her husband, cut off his penis, threw it into the garbage disposal and turned the mechanism on. Becker has been booked into the Orange Country jail and the victim underwent emergency surgery at the UCI Medical Center.

Some CNN.com readers joked about the incident while other readers cried foul for making light of a serious physical attack.

First the lighter comments:

ytuque said, “Maybe my ex-wife wasn't so bad after all?”
Ethnya said, “Take the house, take the car, take the children, but do NOT take my junk!”
themaestro74 said, “The garbage disposal?! I may never get an erection again because of this story!”
oneoarout said, “Odds are, next time you hear the disposal you grab your junk!”
mjm223 said, “She'll be acquitted of the charges; The prosecution won't be able to prove that his penis didn't just detach itself and then accidentally drown in a swimming pool.”
AlteredBeast said, “Why would any man want to divorce such a sweet flower?”
cabinguy said, “Not the good kind of early retirement...”
tmelcher4 said, “At least Lorena had the decency to just throw it out the car window, c'mon.”

And those who didn’t want to make light of the incident:

VinProfessor said, “Why do people think violence against men is funny, but violence against women is horrifying?” Fnordian72 said, “Couldn't be.... SEXISM.... could it?” oneoarout said, “When a puppy is beaten, we're horrified. When a rat gets stepped on by a cow, we laugh. Get it?” Bubba01 said, “Because men do most of the violence, and reversals are funny. Also, it's either laugh or scream . . .” JustinCase4u said, “Because men usually deserve it ... however nobody deserves what happened to this guy unless you molested a bunch of children.”

NoSaint1 said, “Nobody would be laughing if it was a man who mutilated a woman's clitoris! It is really sickening how men are treated by women and the media. She'll get a fraction of the time in jail that a man would get. Just watch and see.”

cloud13 said, “In Afghanistan women are often mutilated when they cheat on their husbands. Yet I have a feeling that the same American women who laugh and claim that this man got what he deserved, wouldn't tell a mutilated Afghan girl that she got what she deserved for cheating on her husband.”

bk753 said, “Just watch television commercials. All the dupes, idiots, and morons are white men. We have no group to protect us, and we are emasculated daily. We are perceived as the power and the majority and are fair game for ridicule ... and now abuse.”

lostmind57 said, “White Male Bashing has been Politically Correct for the past two decades. But as in all things eventually the pendulum will swing. And I have not mutilated any women nor has my father; as far as I know, nor has my grandfather. So let us quit stereotyping the white male.”

Netflix price hike

Weeks after Netflix was denied further access to Sony movies via Starz, and movie studios are signaling that their licensing fees may increase significantly, Netflix more than doubled the cost of their movie streaming services. The move left many Netflix customers angry and thousand posted their displeasure online (including Netflix’s Facebook page).

CNN.com readers were torn, though. Many were angry about the higher costs, while others said they understood Netflix’s position and still think their prices are more than fair.

AndrewZar said, “Please, people. Don't ‘threaten to cancel’ – just DO IT. That is the ONLY thing that will show what you feel. I adjusted my plan to drop streaming; it is not valuable enough to warrant the cost.” eekthecat13 responded, “Threaten, THEN do it … you get more mileage.”

Guest said, “I will be dropping Netflix.”

TDPM said, “I think I am going to cancel my Netflix. This is their second price hike in a short time... and I don't even use their service that much.”

CzarChasm said, “Don't get 23 million people used to one price structure for a year after a 20 percent increase, then hike it up by 60 percent on ANY product or service. You will get blowback.”

caseyguilty2 said, “You can stream anything for free; why pay?"

But hurricane9 said, “I assume everyone knows why the prices are going up. Sony is upping their licensing fees by a significant amount. Welcome to Economics 101. Don't blame Netflix, blame Sony.”

Fricsaid said, “Speaking as a video store owner in the 90's, it was nothing for people to come in and spend $10 bucks in one night. Average weekend movie watcher, between $40-$50 a month. And now look. People are bitching for spending less than $20 a month and don't even have to start the car?!”

spudnikidaho responded, “It's psychological. It was a very tangible experience. Now they get the same result by simply clicking a button, not seeing what goes on behind the scenes alienates them from the customer service experience and associated costs of streaming.”

Mother73 said, “I just don't get the anger. There are a ton of other options if you do not want to pay netflix. And really, $8 a month! What would you spend to buy a movie? I own about 300. What does it cost to go to a movie? Took my family of 5 yesterday, was over $50 before the snack bar. Too many people on the "angry monkey" train. $16 a month for streaming and dvd is still cheap. It's less than what you would pay to buy a single movie. But go ahead. Scream, cry, and jump ship. More Bandwidth for my family to suck up.”

Actress with a good heart

Sgt. Scott Moore says it was a bet that made him record a YouTube video asking actress Mila Kunis to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball. And, it turns out, it was a good one because the actress has agreed to go with him in November.

CNN.com readers cheered for Moore who is in Musa Qal’eh serving his second combat deployment.

amused2000 said, “’I always thought I had a chance, and sometimes that's all you need,’ Moore says. You want to know why the Marines are as good as they are? THAT is it, right there. Semper Fi, Sgt. Moore!”

lurgy said, “Faint heart never won fair lady, good for him.”

littlefudge said, “Mila Kunis is officially the coolest celebrity...”

VTCitizen said, “Heh, that lucky #&*@!. Oh well. He has definitely earned it. Thank you for keeping my family and me safe. Semper F.”

paulinnashvl said, “This is a class act by Mila Kunis, no doubt. It's great when people overtly show support for the troops like this.”

OmarComin said, “Stay safe over there brother... you need to come back for this. And who knows maybe she'll dig you in contrast to the Hollywood d-bags she sees on a regular basis.”

jtwblack said, “I'm happy for him, but now everybody is going start asking all sorts of actresses out on YouTube. ‘Drew Barrymore, will you go to Arby’s with me?’ ”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Lesson to be learned here:
    Do not ever get married.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      which marriage: gay or straight? church or civil? or just the shackups?

      July 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Simple Man

    Honestly most sane women will tell you that there are some very evil ones among them. We like to read a news article and put all men or women into their category. Most of the time it's based on our experiences. Men and women need to do better of not tolerating the bad ones amongst us. If a girl is a crazy cheating abuser then dump her, same with guys. Better yet don't get married if the person is nuts. Cops have only recently begun to arrest both parties in a domestic abuse violation.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tarah D.

    Wow, that's awful. I agree with the person who said that nobody deserves that... except for child molesters.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |

    Now I suppose that all these simple minded, foul speaking Tea Partiers are going post all kinds of jokes over this. I totally agree with Tarah D. above, only rapists and child molesters deserve such. It's terrible thing to do to a man.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HRH banasy

    I knew a girl who was capable of this behavior....
    I wonder what ever happened to her.
    Not enough to actually find out, however!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james

    Hmm, I believe after much time healing I'd be driving that b!tch to a very dark, secluded area and then skin her alive.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. james

    Same goes for the muslim men who think it's alright to do this kind of sh!t to women.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ha ha ha

    Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s ‘junk’ isn’t funny.

    No, it's HILARIOUS!!!
    Take that, whanker!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • gwallan

      It will be much funnier when it happens to you. I look forward to it.

      July 15, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. TSA vs The Mad Hatter


    July 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ha ha ha

    Ok I've had my laugh.. Now I'm going to go back to my WoW, popping zits, Monster, and involuntary virginity.... In my parent's basement.. Alone.. oh god this can't be my life!.. *crying*

    July 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mad Hatter

    This was one mad wife. Her statement is that he deserved it. Sad. But what drove her to do something that drastic? Menopause?

    July 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jack

    Forward three months, the guy cuts her open with a dull knife and she lays dead. Cops ask why he did it. His answer-she deserved it.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    Oops! I believe this story confirms the biblical description of a woman's scorn and fury...I didn't think anyone could top the Lorena Bobbitt incident? What did he do? give her AIDS?

    July 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mmmmm

    ...okay you macho-guys...this kitty cat got y'all tongue...comments on this thread seem a bit dazed...

    July 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Mmmmmmm:
    I thought about that too–the gender duplication part.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
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