Mary Kay Letourneau Performs at a “Hot for Teacher Night”
This week, Mary Kay Fualaau, née Letourneau, together with her young husband, Vili, performed at a Seattle nightclub event, “Hot for Teacher Night.”
They’d done the event twice before Saturday, which brought national attention after a local television crew noticed a poster advertising the event.
And what happened there?
Absolutely nothing. It was essentially a promotion cooked up by Vili Fualaau and Mike Morris, the owner of Fuel Sports Eats and Beats on Pioneer Square, to showcase Vili’s skills as a DJ using his notorious wife. And no, this is not the first time this event has occurred. It’s been going on for at least six months with no notice from the media, until now.
At first, Mary Kay was swarmed, autographing posters, photographs and photo teeshirts with the faces of the couple. One hundred and fifty people attended, hardly a standing room-only gathering, and some were grown ex-students of the former teacher. As she went from groups to individuals to tables, she was accompanied by a half-dozen hangers on. She was dressed in a tight black minidress and silver sandals.
Reporters were turned away from the event, except a rep from Splash News, which was going to publicize the event with photos and video the following Sunday, and the reporter from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who was told not to interview attendees and to write the article as if he were merely a customer.
Mary and Vili Fualaau were introduced about 10:20 p.m., with Vili playing a montage of ’90s and current pop music.
2Pac’s “California Love” was seamlessly transitioned into “Dani California” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” was mixed with an old-school Mace hit.
Fualaau used turntables and an Apple laptop while colored spotlights skipped around a dance floor soaked by smoke machines.
Anything to make money. Like Monica Lewinsky.
In 2006, the Fualaaus were interviewed by Dateline NBC about their future plans. Mary Kay said that she wanted to go back to teaching, saying that she had taught classes in prison and had developed an interest in mathematics. Josh Mankiewicz asked the following:
Mankiewicz: Can you become a teacher again?
Letourneau: Well, I am a teacher, I just don’t have my Washington state license anymore. I still have a degree in teaching. And I was teaching at the prison…I can’t teach at public school in Washington because I’ve lost that, just that certificate…If I choose to, I can, I’m interested in teaching algebra at the community college.
Mankiewicz: You can’t teach at a public grade school.
Letourneau: I could at a private school, though.
Never again would anyone trust their minor child to Mary Kay Letourneau. If she tried to teach at the junior college level, she and the college would have to fend off the curious and the angry. Not just a few times, but for as long as Mary Kay would teach there, there would always be someone or something that would get out of line because of what happened. There is no indication that she is employed as a teacher or as anything else.
Vili Fualaau has had problems with drunkenness, resulting in a suspended conviction for drunk driving. He has tried becoming a tattoo artist, but he has remained largely unemployed since his marriage to Mary Kay. Being a DJ is his latest attempt, and it appears to be working for the moment. His response to all the media exposure is here.
I was afraid that this latest scheme would devolve into some kind of event for women who have fantasies about very young men, a la Summer of ’42. Instead, “Hot for Teacher” was attended by men as well as women; young men animated about this woman who fulfilled the dream many had for their attractive instructors or MILFs. A woman or girl who would do everything for them, thus crossing the demarcation line that they feared to step over. A juvenile dream. In this case, Mary Kay’s seduction of a young man and the disruption of his life has been subverted into another example of heterosexual women being made available and accessible to men, despite social rules. It’s become a rather strange celebration about exhibition, rape and desire.
I don’t support what’s going on here, but I do support Mary Kay and Vili eventually finding gainful employment, if not for themselves, then for their children. The sooner they disappear into normality, the sooner the media lets them alone, the better.