So Rielle Hunter, Dora, and Barney Walk Into a Photo Shoot

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Recently, I was asked on CNN what lessons politicians like John Edwards could learn from sex scandals. My answer was simple: “Keep your pants on.”

Apparently Rielle Hunter should have been given the same advice during a recent photoshoot with Mark Seliger. Call me crazy, but if you become famous due to a sex scandal with a presidential candidate … you might not want to take pantless photos for a bombshell interview, posed with your love-child’s toys. Even we mommybloggers know enough about brands to call that a boneheaded move.

Image source: GQ

As if sexy photos from someone seen as a homewrecker weren’t enough, the Dora and Barney stuffed toys leaning against her threw in that extra edge of creepy.

Hunter, the mother of Edward’s child, has reportedly told Barbara Walters she now regrets the photos,

“She was in tears when she called,” said Walters, “and said that when she saw the pictures in GQ she screamed for two hours. She said she found the photographs repulsive.”

So Walters says she asked if that was the case why did she pose for them? “She said she trusted Mark Seliger, whom she said is a brillant photographer and quote, ‘I went with the flow,'” recounted Walters.

If you haven’t seen the GQ photo spread and interview of John Edward’s baby mama, go take a peek.

I’m not buying Hunter really regrets these photos. At some point she had to take her pants off and at some point she had to let Barney fall on her leg a bit and act sexy. Sex and the 405 isn’t buying it either,

Oh, my. We’re all about the MILF here at Sex and the 405 but posing half-dressed among your kid’s toys is just a little too … ew. That’s Barney half on your lap, you know? To make matters worse, according to Barbara Walters, Hunter called her hysterically to let her know how disgusted she was about the GQ photos Mark Seliger took of her for the men’s magazine — like she was somehow not a part of the shoot or had any say in the matter. We’ll say to her now what we said to “Johnny” then: you did it, now own it!

Shannon of RightPundits is also skeptical,

Rielle Hunter allowed herself to be interviewed and photographed by GQ magazine; just exactly what John Edwards, the man she supposedly loves, didn’t need. Never mind that in the photos which you can see here, she pimped out their two year old child and allowed semi-racy pictures of herself to be taken. And surprise, surprise; she’s shocked that GQ would have the audacity to run photos of her wearing nothing but a white button up shirt. Are we really to believe that this woman is that naïve?

Bipartisanship at it’s finest — the Right and I agree the Hunter photos are in poor taste and ill-advised! Next time, just follow my advice: Keep your pants on … and maybe stay away from the children’s toys.

Contributing Editor Erin Kotecki Vest also blogs at Queen of Spain blog

Politics & News Contributing Editor Erin Kotecki Vest


  1. One of my favorite parts of the interview related to her reaction to the National Enquirer being up for a Pulitzer.

    “Q: And now the National Enquirer is up for a Pulitzer [for its Edwards coverage]. How do you feel about that?
    A: To me it shows, as a society, how cut off from the truth we are, that a magazine that pays their sources and every once in a while gets something factually correct is now eligible for a Pulitzer. Wow, we’re all going to hell.”

    Um, yeah, I’m pretty sure she’ll be burning in hell. And Barney will be her personal Satan.
    .-= patois´s last blog ..I Should Go into the Recommendation Letter Writing Business =-.

  2. Rielle Hunter…where to start…how about just saying, what an idiot.

  3. Did you see the one with her snuggling her baby? Half shirt. Legs open, all sexy like?


    The only thing she regrets is the negative backlash she’s gotten after doing it. What was she thinking?

  4. This is such a tasty train wreck, is it not? I know she told Babs that she “screamed for two hours” when she saw the pictures but I’m having a hard time believing that.

    Two hours? Two full hours. That would be a hell of a workout, don’t you think. I bet I could scream for maybe 15 -18 minutes. I could cry for probably an hour if I really worked at it. But not two full hours.

    She also said in the interview that John Edwards “*literally* almost jumped” into her arms. I’d like to see that. How do you *literally* almost jump? Is it a stumble, a hop? I full jump with a twist at the end?

    I’m just saying she sounds a bit like a drama queen. I think she ranted for maybe 8-12 minutes (I’m throwing her a bone, I don’t think she cried or ranted at all) and that he smiled when he saw her.

    She needs to work on her presentation. I bet she has some huge fish stories, too.
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..Mostly I want it to be a compelling reading =-.

  5. That Rielle Hunter engaged in an affair with a married man who’s wife was struggling with cancer raised great questions in my mind as to her character, that she would now chose this manner of discussing her affair and posing for those unsavory pictures tells me all I need to know about this woman. I feel badly for her child.
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..St Patrick’s Day in Boston! =-.

  6. In the immortal words of @NeNeLeakes, Rielle Hunter nee Lisa Jo Druck needs to “close her legs to married men”. It’s difficult if not impossible for moi to drudge up sympathy for someone who made specific choices designed to drum up more publicity for less than stellar actions.

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