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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 5:01PM

Fact, whether you like it or not, is that guys and girls don't like watching porn when condoms are used. This is going to drive the industry, and all of the money that comes with it, out of LA. My guess would be Las Vegas. Not a single life saved, just less money for LA and California.


I promise this will be the only result.

Nov 14, 2012 4:58PM
The porn industry grosses billions & operates without nearly sufficient government oversight. They think they are just another private business, so hands off -- this is market capiatlism! Bullcrap. OF COURSE these overpaid "actors" should be demonstrating to the viewing public how safe sex can be hot sex! Porn performers are in the best position to be the most important proponents of safe sex as hot safe, but instead, they are just being stupid lazy asses. I guess many male porn performers would have difficulty getting erect w a condom? lol. OF course, both regular testing PLUS condom use is what we want & need to see from our porn industry.
Nov 14, 2012 4:58PM
If this is supposed to be a legitimate workplace, this is simply a measure of safety in the workplace.
Nov 14, 2012 4:57PM
I can just picture the guy who comes home and tells his wife he got a promotion at work, official condom overseer. His wife later leaves him thinking he's addicted to porn when he's just doing his job.
Nov 14, 2012 4:55PM
What cracks me up about this law, which is clearly biased, is that there are plenty of mainstream actors and actresses who contract stuff as well, and who are required to do sexually explicit acts in front of kinky directors, p[roducers, et al.

And mainstream television is practically pornography anyways - why just single out the honest sex stars from the dishonest ones. I say everyone filming a sex scene no matter what industry should be subject to these laws!

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