Daily Archives: January 16th, 2013

“Porn producer Vivid Entertainment sues LA County over condom rule”

In the US, there is a massive back-lash against the new law “Measure B” requiring condom use on porn sets in LA County and for “producers of such films to pay a fee to the county’s Department of Public Health and obtain a permit that requires all principals and management-level employees to undergo blood-borne pathogen training.”

I really would like to examine this in much more depth than I have time for at the moment, but for now you’ll have to make do with my immediate thought on the subject. Porn in the US is protected as ‘free speech’, even though it’s the record of an action; ‘free speech’ is something of a holy cow in the US, most countries (including the US) have laws against hate speech, slander, inciting people to commit a crime etc, and in any sane world, pornography would be easily recognisable as falling under those categories, but, in fact, in our un-sane world, porn is recognised as all of the above, and that’s why it’s protected.

There is an obvious parallel between the porn industry and the mainstream film industry. Imagine if Hollywood film makers declared that proper health and safety during the filming of an action movie was just too expensive, so they were just going to go film in Mexico where they could get away with killing the odd stunt man? Well that’s exactly what US pornographers are saying:

Cambria said the industry already had a system of testing for sexually transmitted diseases that worked well and that the new condom law was prompting adult film studios to leave Southern California, heading overseas or to Mexico.

“I can tell you they are leaving LA County in droves,” he said. “It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that employs thousands of people, and ever since this all started they have been leaving and filming in places other than LA County.”

Cambria said that if studios leave Los Angeles County because of the law, then adult film workers would have less protection, not more, because “what you’re doing is taking it to a place where there will be no rules”.

He said it was not economically feasible to digitally remove the condoms in post-production because the studios were competing with rivals elsewhere who had no such restrictions.

Few other industries are so blatant when faced with legislation designed to protect workers’ safety (bankers threatening to move abroad when faced with tighter controls is the only recent, similar example I can think of). If, say, new laws were put in place to improve the safety on building sites, company owners may complain that the extra costs of the measures would make them uncompetitive, and that they would be undercut by cowboys, they wouldn’t be so blatant as to threaten to become cowboys themselves – that is exactly what this pornographer is threatening: let us carry on as we were, or we’ll go abroad and treat our workers even worse. He is actually admitting that pornographers don’t give a shit about their performers, and will treat them as badly as they can get away with; the HIV testing was always a white-wash, they only did it as a delaying tactic, hoping to avoid a Measure like this enforcing condom use.