What porn stars say about the new condom law
Bad feelings in the feel-good industry
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.
“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."
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i'm not in favor of making porn movies how ever i do believe in the liberty and freedom that we once had. it is a suttle thing. one freedom goes after another then we get use to having less and less freedom and it becomes the norm. maybe obama should tax the hell out of porn like he does to tobacco and gas so they can help us get out of debt. maybe all porn should be "pay per view" and tax the ones riding without head gaskets on their hot rods more!!
I WONDER HOW MANY POLITICIANS HAVE RECENTLY INVESTED IN CONDOM COMPANIES??
So I think they don't give a s#!t about their safety, they are just trying to run them out of town for some reason. I say as long as everyone involved is consenting, and no one not consenting is getting hurt, then let them do what they want.
We have way too much regulation is this country as it is. Big government is ineffective and invasive. Let people do what they want as long as it doesn't adversely effect others.
Are you guys worried about employment type jobs or the other kind the porn industry provides?
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