Joe Arpaio's Bread and Circuses on Blast in Randy Murray's The Joe Show

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Randy Murray Productions
"It's amazing what I say and what I do and what I get away with," says Arpaio in The Joe Show

Most places in the United States are not dominated by a single personality. Sure, in Washington, President Obama's every movement is news, and in New York, it's Gotham's mayor who garners the most media time.

Yet here, in the nation's sixth-biggest city and fourth-biggest county, not a week goes by that we are not told -- usually more than once -- that Sheriff Joe Arpaio bestrides Maricopa County like a two-bit colossus with a bad haircut.

I'm reminded of Arpaio's media dominance whenever I visit Los Angeles, which has a pantheon of movie stars to worship and couldn't care less whether, on any given day, any of its public servants drop dead in their morning oatmeal.

But once you return to Maricopa County, the incessant drumbeat of Arpaio's name begins again, and it's nearly impossible to escape.

Directly or indirectly, you will know what stunts Arpaio pulled, what new outrage he's responsible for.

And you ignore him at your peril.

For while he's raiding a chicken farm with Steven Seagal or declaring Obama's birth certificate a fraud, he's also misspending more than $100 million of taxpayer funds, racially profiling a third of our residents, and ensuring that his jails are places where pre-trial detainees -- presumed innocent under our judicial system -- die horrific deaths at the hands of detention officers or fellow inmates.

How a power-abusing scoundrel such as Arpaio turned the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office into a 20-year-plus reign of self-aggrandizement is the subject of a new documentary, aptly named The Joe Show, which will have its world première on Wednesday, February 26, at the Sedona International Film Festival.

The work of Phoenix-based director/producer Randy Murray of Randy Murray Productions, the film has been eight years in the making and features behind-the-scenes glimpses into Arpaio and top flack Lisa Allen's cartoonish manipulations of the media.

These include a humdinger from 2005, when the MCSO moved hundreds of inmates to a new jail, handcuffed together and stripped to their Arpaio-mandated pink underwear, as TV cameras gobbled up the spectacle.

"I want you to look tough," Allen advises Joe before the prisoners in pink flip-flops march past. "Just stand there and watch 'em. Tap your foot."

The stunt works like a charm, attracting national attention, with Arpaio's giving a phone interview to right-wing Fox News host Sean Hannity and, afterward, confiding to the filmmakers how easy it all was.

"I knew, Lisa knew, the minute we put these guys in the pink underwear, that will be what goes on the air," Arpaio says. "Do you really think that no one is going to show these guys in their pink underwear?"

And so it goes, from Tent City and all-female chain gangs to "Inmate Idol" talent competitions and posse members' doing dragnets for a lost pet ostrich in Cave Creek.

With prisoners in stripes as extras, Allen and Arpaio offer journalists pre-packaged, ready-for-TV tales, for which the sheriff is rewarded with more name recognition than God.

At one point, Arpaio proudly shows off a room adjacent to his office where he keeps bankers boxes filled with newspaper clippings and shelves lined with videos of his TV appearances.

That such stardom assists in Arpaio's re-election efforts is a no-brainer. Arpaio becomes "the world's most famous sheriff" and "America's toughest sheriff."

One of the documentary's talking heads, famed broadcaster Larry King, comments on Arpaio's ubiquity.

"Who do I think of when I think of 'sheriff'?" King asks. "I think of Gunsmoke and him."

All this branding and image-pimping is prologue to a hypothetical question posed by Allen.

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nojailforyou1
nojailforyou1

It doesn't matter how it ends.  If it is because he is defeated in the next election, he becomes medically unable to fulfill the obligations as Sheriff (which is already true), or he passes on.  

The one question I have which is relevant to all of us is; on the day he is removed from office WHERE IS THE PARTY GOING TO BE ?

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Father time is old Arpaio's worst enemy, father time sends the grim reaper for us all when our time is done on this old earth his is nearing a end due to simple old age! Maybe like another bygone era toughest lawman J Edgar Hoover when Arpaio passes on, his skeletons will surface and being gone he will be unable to suppress them! I think any man/woman who finds it interesting to put men in pink undies is a bit of a deviant, at worst a sadist and Marquis De Sade devotee, at least a person with twisted ideas on sexual humiliation! As to his other issues on inmate care and treatment they all lean to sadism, green bologna diet, two meals a day, denial of medical care, tent cities/dungeons, bread and water diets etc., all hint at a man with a demented mentality and power ego maniac who sadly has many in our society who think like him, good thing is the bible is clear on this, ignore the poor, hungry, the naked those sick and in "prison" and you ignore Jesus, I would not be Arpaio or one of his die hard fans for all the "tea in china" since that lake of fire is a bad destination!

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

If you want to know more about another scandal before it unfolds examine the Arizona State University Police Department. Type ASUPD integrity into a browser.

The Integrity Report on the Arizona State University Police Department has all the info.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

It's truly sad that this old goon uses the office of sheriff to gain attention to himself, instead of concentrating on 'serving and protecting' the citizens of Maricopa County.


He is just an elderly elected official who truly doesn't give a damn about professional law enforcement.


I feel badly for those who have to work for him and try to represent MCSO as a professional law enforcement agency.


That goal will not be attained until the geriatric fool is dead and buried. Even the existing civil cases against him won't be settled for years after his sorry old ass has turned to dirt once again.

DNichols
DNichols

Exellent Article.

Joe please have a bowl of morning oatmeal?!

 Pink Pantied Media Whore Arpaio has lead to Arizona being dubbed the 

 "Desert Racist Wasteland".

Arpaio missed his calling, he should have worked for Ringling Brothers.

robert_graham
robert_graham

The film is an utter bunch of nonsense but could you expect liberals to say anything good about him?  Just wait until the documentary called SHERIFF JOE: KEEPING MARICOPA COUNTY SAFE SINCE 1993 comes out shortly afterward that is of course just the opposite.  Your liberal heads are all surely going to explode but I don't wamt to hear you complain.  The film starts out by panning across the Arizona desert with a group of illegals running like chickens with their heads cut off. And they are being chased by Border Patrol. You'll have to wait to see it to know what's next. Again, it is called SHERIFF JOE: KEEPING MARICOPA COUNTY SAFE SINCE 1993.

Graciferia
Graciferia

He is the reason I will NOT retire in Arizona.  Anyplace out west but Arizona.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Arpaio is nothing more than a sorry excuse for a human being.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Since when is it illegal for a sheriff to arrest illegal aliens who shouldn't even be here in the first place?  Quit your whining! 

DNichols
DNichols

Arpaio dosen't like Media to show the True tiny Corrupt, Racist Sheriff, Arpaio only likes Media that sucks his butt.

Arpaios personal Buddies have to be fellow Racists like J.T. Ready, Chris Simcox, and Segal, ect. all of whom have left hickys on the sheriffs back side.

Joe if is quacks like a corrupt racist duck?!

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

Sadism is much like Pedophiles they exist in our society, seek victims by getting employment where they can enjoy access to their victims in a helpless way, hence one sees sadists like law enforcement, corrections, nursing homes etc., not much difference between the two in fact 400 cases not investigated of crimes against children makes me wonder if many under Arpaio's command have a dual illness!

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

So glad I live in Pima County, feel sorry for the tax payers in Maricopa County who have to pick up the bill for this sad sack devotee of the Marquis De Sade, his law suits and judgments paid out will far exceed the pennies he saves on green bologna sandwiches, two meals a day, and the bread and water diet might be one day very costly in a subsequent law suit since one can bet the lawyers love ole Arpaio he keeps them employed and fed!;-)

Kat Rethi
Kat Rethi

Jimi Kinion good read interested to see it

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Did anyone else see the story about the ONLY employer joke has busted for hiring illegals where it seems, the guy in charge of Uncle Sam's was working with the DOJ on the case against MCSO, and this may have just been a way to silence someone Joker didn't like?


It was on either the abc15 or kpho's website yesterday....

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Joe Arpaio is a narcissistic douchebag. Nothing more and nothing less.

DNichols
DNichols

Excellent Article.

Arpaio missed his true calling with Ringling Brothers.

Joe please have a morning bowl of oatmeal?

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

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TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@robert_graham (1) Who is producing said film? (2) What is it's release date? (3) It's already "shortly afterward" you dipwick.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  ???? "SHERIFF JOE. KEEPING MARICOPA COUNTY SAFE SINCE 1993"?????    is that a fantasy film or a comedy?   it could easily fall into either category. and if the film "The Joe Show" was utter nonsense........why didnt Joe say anything to that effect? he saw it. i am actually going to give the guy props on one part of his comments about the film, he said the only problem he had with it was that his had his critics in it (actually a kinda funny line by Joe) but that the movie wouldnt be fair without them or funny.  but nowhere and at no time did he even once claim it to be false, nonsense, or biased. so if your hero has no problem with it and doesnt find it to be nonsense........why do you?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Cozz And you are a poor excuse for a liberal.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Since when is it wrong to have someone babysit an elderly elected official who has proven he can't manage his agency he shouldn't be in charge of in the first place? Quit your whining! Twit

DNichols
DNichols

@robert

Why was it that Arpaio shielded, and protected the eight hundred illegal's working at Arpaio's Buddy Danny Herndon's Carwashes?!

Was it because Arpaio was also the illegals Employer when they worked for the M.C.S.O right along side M.C.S.O. Deputies raising illegally earned dollars for the M.C.S.O.?

Please Feds charge Arpaio with this illegal activity!

car_del99
car_del99

@robert_graham were you as stupid as you are now , when young ?

Are you getting paid to be stupid ?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@DNichols There you go again, when you are losing the debate, yell RACIST.

Is Border Patrol racist too? They are out in the desert right now near Nogales hunting down illegal aliens.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@DNicholsThere you go again, when you are losing the debate, yell RACIST.

Is Border Patrol racist too? They are out in the desert right now near Nogales hunting down illegal aliens.

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

I believe one day ole Arpaio's pink undies thing will be discovered as sign of some deep dark thing in his nature like when another tough law man lived no one much knew of his secret life, J. Edgar Hoover!:-)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows  yep, saw it. i wonder if this is one of the things Arpaio is referrencing to when he made his "the things i get away with" comment????

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@DNichols  But he did find Hendershott in the circus doing tricks with a beach ball!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@ConcernedCitizenAZ (i wish  there was a standing ovation button on this thing...........................CLAP, CLAP, CLAP)

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

@robert_graham     HEY robert_ graham my neighbor down the sreet is looking for someone........would you care to....you know hook up....

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@robert_graham  

I am both a liberal or conservative depending on the subject.

But either way, it's still better than being the dumbass your are.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@car_del99

No, GrahamCracker actually enjoys being stupid for free.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham we only call him racist because  he hasnt had a prison sentence handed to him (yet)..................so we cant really call him a convict (yet). but even though we call him racist (still pending), we will always call you a twit (confirmed) ..................and you have yet to win the debate to show that you arent.  (if you would like, i have a 9 month old cousin you can debate................not saying you would win, but the kid has a limited vocabulary...................................like you do, so its as close to fair as i can get you,........ twit)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

For the second time Robert, Arpaio is a CONVICTED RACIST.

DNichols
DNichols

@robbyarpaio

Your just mad because I didn't mention the Massive permanent Hicky youve left on Arpaio's Butt.

By the way I called Arpaio, Corrupt, and Little, you must agree with those qualities in your Hero.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@gtnoriega554 @MaskedMagician1967  The best Joe Show would involved the Joker in pink boxers, stripes, while his hands are cuffed behind him.  Heck, he ADMITTED that he had MCSO ILLEGALLY spending $99.5 MILLION of taxpayer dollars!

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