Loonies mix it up on Springer show
by RICHARD JOHNSON
A TAPING of "The Jerry Springer" show erupted into mayhem when members of the cannibalism-advocating Church of Euthanasia began battling the radical right-wingers of the Creator's Rights Party.
But "church" leader Rev. Chris Korda -- the cross-dressing son of Simon & Schuster editor-in-chief Michael Korda -- warns that "viewers won't see the real story" when the show airs Aug. 11. The relatively tame script had originally called for the Georgia-based Creator's Rights people to try and talk a woman out of joining the church -- a licensed non-profit group that advocates suicide, abortion, non-reproductive sex, cannibalism and euthanasia to save the planet from a population explosion. But things quickly deteriorated.
Korda's followers first tried to tie the Creator's Rights folks to the Army of God, an underground group that takes credit for abortion clinic bombings. Then they asserted that they had dredged up highly unflattering details on the personal life of a Creator's Rights member. At one point, Vermin X (no kidding) of the euthanasia side squirted Neal Horsley of the Creator's Rights Party in the face with an obscenely shaped water pistol. Vermin followed up his attack by attempting to demonstrate gay sex on stage.
Springer publicist Laurie Fried described as "speculation" charges made by the Church of Euthanasia against the Creator's Rights Party. But Korda remains committed to getting his message across. "I know that a lot of what the church does is outrageous," he acknowledged to PAGE SIX, "but this is serious. We're outting these guys." He charged that the Creator's Rights Party has urged the public to seize nuclear weapons.
Horsley dismissed any connection with the Army of God, but conceded the nuclear arms bit is true -- but only as a "last ditch" effort to curtail the power of the Federal government. "The American people would have to decide whether to wage an all-out nuclear Civil War or make changes," he told us. He added that the euthanasia folks "were demonically possessed individuals."
Fried confirmed that portions of the show had been cut after a review by producers and lawyers. Producer Chris Rentamaki insisted, however, that the cuts were made purely for aesthetic reasons.
"We did not want to detract from the show's theme of 'I Want to Join a Suicide Cult,'" he said. On this point, the Church of Euthanasia was resplendently victorious. The woman, who used a pseudonym, was accepted into the church.