Casey Anthony isn’t known for her parenting skills. But she was reportedly overheard at a Florida bar dispensing drunken advice on how to raise a daughter.
According to Radar Online, a gossip website, Anthony, 33, advised a dad at the Backyard Bar near her home on how to keep his daughter safe. The key, she reportedly told him, is to threaten the girl’s boyfriends.
“You gotta get all ‘Godfather’ on them,” Anthony said, referring to the iconic mafia movie. “You got to sit them down and basically let them know you will kill them if they hurt your daughter.”
She added: “You should let them know if anything happens to your daughter, their mother is going to receive a body part in the mail — a finger or a piece of skin with a tattoo on it so she knows it’s her son.”
At another point Anthony offered: “Tell your daughters never date a cop. My ex was a cop, my father was a cop. They’re no good!”
Radar reported that Anthony, who in 2011 was acquitted of murder in her daughter’s death, has lately been carousing day and night with her 25-year-old boyfriend.
A source said that Anthony also regaled fellow bar-goers with tales of her past romances. She said one of her exes was a stalker and recalled reflexively punching another in the face when he snuck up on her from behind.
“It felt good, I hate to say,” she was quoted as saying.
Also, in a video reportedly taken at the bar, Anthony can be heard endorsing marijuana over alcohol.
“I’ve never met an angry pothead, but I’ve met a lot of angry drunks!” she said.
The media spectacle continues
Anthony – famously dubbed the “most hated mom in America” – has reason to dislike police beyond any problems with male family member.
In 2008, when she was 22 years old, Anthony waited 31 days before reporting her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, missing. After Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a trash bag near their Florida home, prosecutors alleged that Anthony had neglected her daughter and killer her to escape being a mother.
During a circus-like trial, Anthony faced national scrutiny of her mothering, or lack thereof. Press reports and photos revealed that while police were still looking for Caylee’s body, Anthony was out partying. Among other things, she participated in a “hot body” contest and got a tattoo reading “Bella Vita,” which means “Beautiful Life” in Italian.
The court ultimately found Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. She was sentenced to four years in jail for lying to police but served just a couple weeks.
Since Anthony’s release, tabloids have kept tabs on her seemingly carefree single lifestyle. Last month, she told The Daily Mail that she was working on a biopic about her life, which she said would tell her side of the story.
Anthony also claimed that her controversial behavior in the wake of Caylee’s death was not her idea. She said that the movie “will show a man saying, ‘Live your life as normal, I will take care of it.'”
”Yes I drank and carried on like nothing happened. The movie is called ‘As I Was told’ because I’d done what I was told to do. I had to put on a fake persona throughout those 31 days,” Anthony explained in a text message to the British tabloid.
Earlier this year, Anthony weighed a $500,000 offer from Larry Flynt to pose nude in “Hustler,” local Florida newspaper The Ledger reported in February.
“I like to think I have what it takes to pose in a girlie magazine … I work hard on keeping fit. I may take him up on his offer,” she said at the time, adding that she thinks her nudes would “fly off the shelf.”
Casey Anthony 2019
The latest Anthony updates comes at time when purveyors of culture are revisiting the recent past from a newly woke perspective. That has often meant more sympathy for those targeted by the criminal justice system.
One example is Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix series about the Central Park Five, “When They See Us,” which is damning of police and prosecutors in the case. Another is “Bobbitt,” an Amazon Prime documentary series that has helped rehabilitate Lorena Bobbitt’s image and even make her something of a feminist icon.
However, there are still limits. Two 2016 movies about the O.J. Simpson trial – ESPN’s docuseries “O.J.: Made in America” and FX’s miniseries “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story” – did little to help the main character’s case.
Whether Americans are ready to view Anthony as a victim of misogyny, as Poynter’s Julie Moos argued for in 2011, remains to be seen.
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