A third woman has sued the Gorilla Foundation (an organization founded for the study and preservation of gorillas) for sexual harassment. Why the lawsuits? Koko, the legendary sign-language using gorilla, wanted to see her knockers.
Iris Rivera, 39, sued the Gorilla Foundation this week in San Mateo County Superior Court, saying the foundation’s president, Francine Patterson, repeatedly told her to expose her breasts.
Rivera, an administrative assistant at the foundation until she quit last month, claims Patterson told her last year that Koko was signing that “she wants to see your nipples.”
Columnist Dan Judge penned a great column dealing with Koko’s inappropriate behavior in Sunday’s Times-Herald (Vallejo, CA).
The two women claim Koko’s longtime trainer Francine “Penny” Patterson insisted they indulge Koko’s “nipple fetish” or lose their jobs at the Gorilla Foundation in the South San Francisco Bay Area.
The lawsuit claims that on one occasion Patterson said, “Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples.”
Wow. I feel dirty. And exactly how does a gorilla say “I am bored with your nipples” in sign language anyway?
Nevertheless, these two women should probably be thanking their lucky stars. If a 300-pound primate is going to have a cross-species sexual fetish, just be grateful it doesn’t involve a good, hard spanking.
I have to point out that, if Koko had been flashing west-coast gang signs instead of requesting some rack, these same complaintants would no doubt be touting Koko’s ability to celebrate diversity.