City Paper is not for tourists
These Hogettes aren’t happy about the photo that Cheap Seats Daily ran earlier this week, which was supplied by Stephette, real name Steve Rasnikov (though he also goes by a rap name, Snow Rap G, as well as a witness-protection name, Carmine Fischetti, which Stephette came up with to ward off vigilantes and the Hogette Police).
The shot above shows Stephette with other Hogettes (he’s in the middle). Stephette says the photo was taken years ago at a Redskins game, and claims that it proves that the other Hogettes accepted him before they went “so corporate” and started hanging out with other sponsored mascot types, including Bird Man of the rival Philadelphia Eagles.
But other Hogettes say the photo means nothing, and that Stephette, who has been wearing his pig snout since at least 1992, when the NY Times wrote about his Skins fanaticism, has acted disgracefully with the ladies during Redskins tailgate parties, and that he has no real affiliation with their gang.
After seeing the shot, Joevette Hogette, behind the snout to the left in the above photo, emailed Cheap Seats Daily to downplay its significance:
“THAT PIX WAS TAKEN ON THE FLY,” wrote Joevette Hogette, described as the oldest of the Original Hogettes. “[Stephette] CAME UP BEHIND PORKCHOP AND ME AND HIS BUDDY SNAPPED THE PIC……NOTICE HOW BLURRED AND OUT OF FOCUS IT IS…..DEFINITELY NOT A POSED SHOT.”
And Howard Churchill, another longtimer who goes by Howiette Hogette (or, rather, Howiette Hogette®, as he apparently prefers), also threw his pooh-pooh at the photo:
“If being in a picture was all it took to be accepted as a Hogette then there would be thousands of Hogettes,” wrote Howiette Hogette®.
Michael Torbert, a founding Hogette whose nom de cochon is Mikey T Hogette, piled on poor Stephette, also: “We take lots & lots of photos with fans (mostly Redskin fans, but fans in general) from all over the world…none have claimed, until now (this one gent) to be a “Hogette”. We do not want turkeys claiming to be a Hogette and acting “uncivilized” to other people. If the subject gentleman wants to remove his hogette-look-alike outfit and say he is a “Redskins” fan, we have no problem with him…But, he will never be a “HOGETTE®.”
Even Stephette might agree with that last part, guys®.
Stephette Hogette says he’ll be coming down from Brooklyn with his rubber nose and ladies wear and a bottle of booze this weekend, and plans to roam around the tailgate parties in the FedExField parking lots on Sunday.
The old-school Hogettes who want no part of Stephette’s act say they’ll be there partying, too.
So, come Sunday, the big question, bigger than “Will the Skins lose AGAIN?”, will be: Is Raljon big enough for both of ’em?