The “Hot Mugshot” Phenomenon is One of the Most Ridiculous Things I’ve Ever Witnessed

Carlton Davis (street mugger and toe sucker), via thesmokinggun.com

Carlton Davis (street mugger and toe sucker), via thesmokinggun.com

Sometimes I run across a story that leaves me dumbfounded and speechless.  This “hot mugshot” felon story is one of those stories.

For those who might have been lucky enough to not know anything about this entire situation, essentially a convicted felon was arrested for firearms possession, possible gang affiliation and probation violations.  He’s being held on a $1,000,000 bond.

And while he’s yet to be convicted of these most recent charges, he has previous convictions for resisting arrests and grand theft auto.  He also admitted to authorities that he was affiliated with the Crips gang. Hell, he’s already spent 9 years of his life in prison for those previous convictions.

In other words, he isn’t exactly the most model of citizens.

But that’s okay, because apparently “he’s really hot.”  I mean, he’s dreamy.  

That’s why he currently has a Facebook page with over 135,000 fans (and growing).  It’s why there’s a GoFundMe (I refuse to link it) set up for him that’s raised over $3,600.  Hell, #FreeJeremyMeeks was trending on Twitter for a time.

All because some people find him attractive.

It’s quite honestly one of the most ridiculous and disturbing things I’ve ever seen.

Now I’m sure some will try to pass this off as “people trying to give someone a second chance who has been wronged by society, forced into a life of crime and hasn’t been convicted of these new charges.”

Spare me.  I’m not going to get into the semantics of socioeconomic situations and what might lead someone into a life of crime.  Because that really doesn’t have anything to do with this.

The bottom line is, because a lot of people find him attractive, those individuals have essentially said that he’s more deserving of their support.  Because I can guarantee if these people hadn’t found him visually appealing, almost nobody would have ever heard of Jeremy Meeks and I wouldn’t be writing this article right now.

They don’t seem to care that he’s a convicted felon, an admitted gang member and described by law enforcement as “one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area.”

All they seem to care about is that they think “he’s just really hot.”  As if justice for a person they find attractive matters more than for someone they don’t find as visually appealing.

Because this has nothing to do with guilt, innocence or our criminal justice system.  It’s an indictment on just how shallow our society has become.

No, the mugshot pictured in this article is not Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot – it’s actually the mugshot of a man named Carlton Davis who was arrested for mugging a woman and then demanding she remove her shoes so he could suck her toes. We refuse to give Meeks’ mugshot any more exposure than it’s already received.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • DMJ

    This just shows that women can be as shallow as men. The problem is no one wants to use this as a tipping point to work for a better society with men over exaggerating the flaws and women underselling their negative qualities. We live in a society that shows that looks matter it is now being seen that this isn’t a full double standard but that men are required to have a certain look just as mich as women and that needs to be something we talk about more on.

  • modera8

    The photo of him that’s getting passed around is, indeed, attractive, but it’s also very much photoshopped. Anybody can look hot with enough photoshop applied to their photo. I also think this is a good opportunity for us to make the point that outside appearances and inner beauty don’t always match and what’s inside is infinitely more important.