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BuzzFeed is trying to normalize workplace masturbation after writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom video call with colleagues.

After Toobin trended on Twitter, BuzzFeed criticized those who shamed him. They proposed normalizing workplace Zoom masturbation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

BuzzFeed notes that workplace masturbation is already a thing.

In an article, titled "Jeffrey Toobin Can't Be The Only Person Masturbating On Work Zoom Calls," BuzzFeed writes: "You're going to tell me you've never taken a quick three minutes midday to crank your hog? To mash your meat? To butter your own muffin? There’s so little joy left in our lives; are we not at least owed the time to toot our own horns?"

BuzzFeed news reporter and senior culture writer Scaachi Koul defended Toobin by comparing masturbating to other mundane activities employees do to pass the time when working from home.

"[E]ndless snacks without judgment, cigarette breaks at your leisure, Real Housewives on all goddamn day," Koul wrote, before adding, "Haven't we all done something on a work call that, in normal circumstances, we'd never do during a meeting?

"Let he without sin cast the first stone; the benefit of working from home is in the comfort to do whatever you want."

A few liberal companies already provide private spaces for male employees to give themselves a hand in a supportive, uplifting environment. One boss said normalizing workplace masturbation has cut down on incidents of sexual harassment on the job.

But not everyone agrees with normalizing masturbation during Zoom video calls.

"[W]hat the ever living f*** Buzzfeed," tweeted reporter Tim Pool, "you think its normal for people to masturbate during work calls?? is this what journalists do? is this normal for them??"

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O.J. Simpson weighed in on Jeffrey Toobin's Zoom masturbation scandal on Monday.

The former NFL running back jokingly compared Toobin to Pee-Wee Herman in a video clip he posted on his Twitter account on Monday.

"Daaaaamn, Jeffrey Toobin. At least Pee-wee Herman was in an X-rated movie theater. I'm just saying," Simpson laughed.

Herman was a fictional children's character portrayed by comedian Paul Reubens, who was arrested for exposing himself in an adult theater in July 1991.

Toobin, 60, was participating in a Zoom video call with his colleagues at New Yorker magazine and WNYC radio staffers when he began pleasuring himself.

The writers on the call included Jane Mayer, Evan Osnos, Masha Gessen and Jelani Cobb, who were simulating scenarios for the upcoming presidential election.

At some point during a break in the Zoom call, a few of the writers observed Toobin begin to masturbate.

New Yorker editor David Remnick sent an email to staffers informing them that Toobin had been suspended.

"Please be assured that we take such matters seriously and that we are looking into it. Best, David," Remnick wrote.

Toobin apologized on Monday for the "embarrassingly stupid mistake."

"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers," Toobin told Motherboard

"I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video," he added.

Toobin, a Harvard law grad, will also take a leave of absence from CNN, where he served as chief legal analyst.

Toobin made a name for himself covering Simpson's double murder case, which was dubbed "the trial of the century" in 1995.

His book on the murder case was adapted as a TV series, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which won 9 Emmy Awards.

Simpson, 73, was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. But a civil jury found him liable for wrongful death and battery. Simpson was ordered to pay over $33 million in damages to the Goldman family.

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NY Mag writer Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by the NY Post after he was caught pleasuring himself during a Zoom call between colleagues and WYNC workers.

Toobin, who also serves as CNN's chief legal analyst, was caught masturbating during a Zoom call.

According to an update from Vice.com, "This piece has been updated with more detail about the call and the headline has been updated to reflect that Toobin was masturbating."

Toobin apologized in a statement to Vice. "I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."

The 60-year-old journalist added: "I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video."

A spokeswoman for the magazine said, "Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter."

Toobin is best known for his coverage of the OJ Simpson trial as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine in the 1990s.

Toobin, who hasn't tweeted since Oct. 13, appeared as a legal analyst on CNN on Saturday, but he has since taken leave to deal with his personal problems.

"Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted," CNN said in a statement on Monday.

Toobin has served as CNN's Senior Legal Analyst since 2002.

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