Terry Turnage has fathered 26 children by 15-20 different women, the precise number being difficult to establish. And that’s not all: he apparently has failed to pay child support to any of the women who bore his offspring, all while driving expensive cars, throwing elaborate parties, and spending money on everything but his bastard progeny.
He is a co-owner, with one of his many sons, Terry Jr. (and maybe one of many Terry, Jr’s), of Club Envy, an Arkansas nightclub. Recently Terry Sr. threw a two-day party for his birthday. He threw another party for 700 guests.
Of course, that could just be his relatives.
What does society do with someone like this, so irresponsible and shameless? It you lock them up, they can’t support any of the kids. We can’t castrate him (cruel and unusual, that) and courts can’t order citizens not to procreate, or ensure that they they don’t. That’s Nazi stuff, though the U.S. did a bit of it until relatively recently.
Here on Ethics Alarms, about all we can do is to designate a man like Turnage as a fick, the label here for an especially despicable and unethical citizen who lacks shame, and even appears to revel in his or her anti-social conduct.
Let us save a bit of contempt, however, for at least some of the irresponsible fools who allowed this man, of whom they knew nothing, to impregnate them. Two of the women who have been left with children that Turnage refuses to support admitted to reporters that they attended one of his lavish parties as paying guests. “Why?,” they were asked.
“To have fun. Just to have a good time,” said one. A moron.
“It wasn’t nothing. It wasn’t to see him,” said the other. Also a moron.
It is bad enough to have one man acting like Turnage, but with parents like these, his offspring are liable to be ficks as well.
Pointer: Res Ipsa Loquitur