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HIV strips Hollywood porn scene

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by ClueTwo, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,016 Likes Received: 117
    From The Times
    April 20, 2004

    HOLLYWOOD has always believed that any publicity, however sordid, is good for business. But the HIV infection that has prompted a 60-day shutdown of California's pornographic film sector has brought unwelcome attention to a $US19 billion ($25.5 billion) industry that has always fiercely protected its privacy.

    The porn-makers stopped production last week as soon as veteran star Darren James was found to be HIV-positive.

    The star of a lucrative film franchise called Mr Beaver Checks In was discovered to have been infected while filming in Rio de Janeiro when he underwent one of the mandatory medical checks the industry demands.

    All 14 of James's screen partners in the period before diagnosis have been quarantined and their names published, which is how Lara Roxx, an 18-year-old Canadian who has been in the business a matter of months, discovered she, too, had contracted HIV.

    A second list of 35 performers who worked with those who might be infected was also published. All must be checked after the 60-day HIV incubation period has elapsed before returning to work. Until then, all filming has been halted.






    In an industry peopled by pseudonyms, such swift self-regulation is impressive. As Tim Connelly, publisher of trade magazine Adult Video News put it: "You would probably be ostracised if you didn't have a test. It's a Wild West out there. That would be absolutely insane. That would be playing Russian roulette."

    However, turning the spotlight on the shady business has not been welcomed by the pornographers. Their industry is underpinned by two cherished US rights - the free market and free expression.

    Which is why an industry half the nation considers repugnant has thrived.

    With the internet connected to every computer, and DVDs booming, porn is prospering as never before. Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation chief economist Jack Kyser estimates porn to be worth up to $US10 billion a year to LA alone.

    In an industry anxious to protect its performers' anonymity, even the number employed is hard to determine.

    Sharon Mitchell, a former porn actress whose Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation diagnosed the HIV outbreak, believes there are about 1200 regular performers in porn movies, with a further 300 passing through each year.

    That may be a major underestimate. The Los Angeles Times suggested last week there were 6000 performers in Southern California alone, earning between $US200 and $US5000 a day.

    But the HIV outbreak poses a serious threat to the business. "The spectre of regulation still looms over our shoulders," Connelly says. "If the state deems that we, as an industry, handled this situation in an irresponsible manner, it could be the final straw."

    He suggested that in future porn stars might have to wear condoms. However, the threat to porn is more serious than that. The US's Christian Right has been praying for a chance to close down what they consider a depraved industry.

    If George W. Bush is re-elected in November, the US's "culture wars" are likely to resume in earnest. And the hapless porn star Darren James will wish he had never taken that job in Brazil.


    ***Fuckin A, this makes me happy I'm not a porn star at the moment...
     
  2. porksandwich

    porksandwich Guest

    The US's Christian Right has been praying for a chance to close down what they consider a depraved industry.

    ha, fuck that.
     
  3. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    i am forced to laugh at this, what a bunch of morons, they should trace it to someone and get mad pissed at them...
     
  4. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    I hope my girl Devon is okay.
     
  5. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    oh... a similar thing happened in the 80's
    and the industry 'silenced' everyone involved.
    No one would report on the case and no one
    would talk to the media anyways. I saw a doc
    about the one guy who covered it and then got
    a serious cold shoulder from everyone. Plus one
    woman who got HIV and knows exactly who she got it from.

    messy biz is seems like.
     
  6. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    i hope they all die from it, we need more population control.....and less porn
     
  7. boner

    boner Junior Member

    Joined: Jun 26, 2003 Messages: 137 Likes Received: 0
    i think if there is less porn, people might quit compulsively whacking off and actually find some genitals to put their dinks in... hense more population...
     
  8. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311
    or, kids might not find their parents porns, know about sex way earlier than they should, then start having sex as soon as they can, hense, less population...
     
  9. adderall

    adderall Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003 Messages: 2,921 Likes Received: 1
    i already posted this story goddamnit
     
  10. T=E=A=S=E

    T=E=A=S=E Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 27, 2004 Messages: 3,271 Likes Received: 0
    can you catch aids from watching porn?

    :: dead serious ::
     
  11. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    yes. and a girl can get pregnant from swallowing.
     
  12. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Ahaha!

    Never gets old. Idiot......
     
  13. InnerCityRebel

    InnerCityRebel Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 19, 2002 Messages: 8,297 Likes Received: 116
    i have to agree wit hya <KEY3>..Devon is the shit!!!
     
  14. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    There is this 55 year old man at my work. He was so sad about this. Not so much about the HIV but because they stopped making porn. He is one dirty old bastard.
     
  15. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,986 Likes Received: 311

    gotta love that story
     
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