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What porn stars say about the new condom law

Bad feelings in the feel-good industry

By Rich_Maloof Nov 13, 2012 9:13PM

Beyond the marijuana law in Colorado, Americans didn’t take much notice after Election Day of new regulations affecting districts other than their own. Except for one. In Los Angeles, actors in adult movies will now be required to wear condoms.

Photo: Condom/Lifesize /Getty Images “It’s not about safety,” porn star James Deen told AnimalNewYork.com. “This is about freedom of expression. This is interrupting the people’s choices of what they want to view.”

That’s the essence of the adult entertainment industry’s beef with Measure B, the new mandatory condom law covering flicks shot in L.A. County. Actors, directors, producers and distributors in the $7 billion industry maintain that consumers simply will not want to buy movies in which their actors wear condoms.

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“The last time we attempted to go all condom, our industry lost sales by over 30 percent,” said Deen, who has starred in thousands of hardcore scenes and been outspoken on the issue (did you think he was shy?). “That’s a huge hit to our economy.”

Measure B, also known as The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, was ostensibly passed to help prevent the spread of HIV among actors, and was championed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). A scandal in which one actor falsified HIV-test results, resulting in HIV exposure to several women who worked with him, fueled the fire.

But opponents in the industry say they already practice the strictest safety standards around to protect their people against sexually transmitted diseases. The industry requires actors to be tested every 28 days, and many seek more frequent tests of their own accord.

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Actor/director Kimberly Kane, who says she herself was subject to a fourth-generation HIV exposure from actor Darren James, voiced her opposition to Measure B in an editorial for Vice.com.

Says Kane, “Testing has kept us safe and while some performers might not mind the idea of condoms in some circumstances, no one would feel safer with condoms instead of testing! There has been a lot of speculation within the industry as to what the AHF's motivations are. Headlines? Fundraising? Grant money?”

Here’s a little insight, KK. Not long after L.A. County, the unofficial Porn Capital of the world, passed their regulation, the nearby town of Simi Valley demanded the same of adult entertainers. When the ordinance was first proposed, Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber said it was motivated primarily by health and safety issue.

"And secondarily," Huber added, "we don't want them here."

Photo: Condom/Lifesize /Getty Images

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416Comments
Nov 14, 2012 5:22PM
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Why is it that someone will show their ignorance about NATO and the right to bear arms in a discussion about porn stars?
Nov 14, 2012 5:21PM
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****! This is about  "control" and the city,state and federal government want to control our every move. Consenting adults know the consequences and chose accordingly.
Nov 14, 2012 5:20PM
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Aren't we all a little sick and tired of certain individuals telling us what we can and can not do in the bedroom?

This is as ridiculous as people telling women they shouldn't have abortions or use birth control. Let's see, they are against birth control but now they want actors to use condoms?

Doesn't make any sense at all.

Nov 14, 2012 5:20PM
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This initiative is not about health, it's all about getting rid of the porn business in LA and it will work.  It looks like Orange County may find themselves with a new industry to deal with.
Nov 14, 2012 5:18PM
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people have to keep their noses out of other peoples lives.
Nov 14, 2012 5:17PM
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Its simple just do the shoots in other states Damm L.A.

its not like the state will miss the money from the movies

and if they do they they will have to remove the law.

Nov 14, 2012 5:13PM
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Yup, just another case of someone telling someone else what to do without actually knowing how their idea will affect others. Like O'bama care.
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