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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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Nov 14, 2012 7:33PM
Just another example of how politicians feel a need to intervene in business. Ultimately, there will be no change; the business will simply go elsewhere and Los Angeles lose the revenue.
Nov 14, 2012 7:31PM
Do I have to wear a condom when I watch porn?
Nov 14, 2012 7:29PM
This is assanine. "Enter at your own risk". And if they are already getting frequently tested, why he hell bother with this? Sounds like some lobbyist or someone is getting a nice kick back from the condom companies. There is ALWAYS a financial gain behind anything political. There is absolutely no exception to that fact.
Nov 14, 2012 7:24PM

In the best interest of the health of ALL Americans, I volunteer to allow adult movies to be filmed in my home.

Nov 14, 2012 7:18PM

.....Democrats restrict freedom of choice...........


Just think - the Dumbocrats have no problem with aborting a fetus, but they want porn actors to wear condoms!!


What happened to women's choice and it's MY body to do what I want with!!


Dems are complete hypocrits.

Nov 14, 2012 7:17PM
The best time for EVER using a condom has long past. One should have been mandatory at the time of Obama's conception. We would all be a whole hell of a lot better off now.
Nov 14, 2012 7:17PM
In other news - Trojan has opened a new manufacturing facility in Chatsworth, Ca ;-)

All that measure B has done is to ensure that LA County will lose one of its larger sources of tax revenue and increase spending on inspections.

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