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Porn Industry May Quit L.A. Over Condom Policy

Posted on Jan 19, 2012
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We will do our utmost to report this story without cheesy double entendres. Here goes: Southern California is associated with various people, places and phenomena—Hollywood, spray tans and bottle blondes, beachside homelessness, that stretch of the 101 highway that’s always featured in car commercial, and porn, to name a few.

As for that last item on the list, creators of adult entertainment are threatening to decamp from the Greater Los Angeles area if local authorities get more nudgy about enforcing a requirement that porn actors sport prophylactics for their performances, which the City Council voted in favor of doing earlier in the week. Meanwhile, members of the industry say the rule isn’t necessary, since they already monitor their own with frequent and mandatory STD tests and the like.  —KA

AP via Huffington Post:

That effort took a serious leap forward Tuesday when the Los Angeles City Council voted 9-1 to grant final approval to an ordinance that would deny film permits to producers who do not comply with the condom requirement. The measure now goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for approval.

Before the measure can take effect, however, the council has called for the creation of a committee made up of police officials, the city attorney, state health officials and others to determine how it might be enforced.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how in fact they do try to enforce it and whose going to fund it and all of the time and effort they’re going to spend,” said Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of Los Angeles-based Vivid, one of the largest makers of erotic movies.

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By Leefeller, January 21, 2012 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

Yes this over regulation thing has gone way to far! Exactly what the Repulcians have been talking about, Repulcians want to screw the 99 percent without conundrums!

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By heterochromatic, January 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

ghost—- AIDS group pressure mostly…..

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By ghostofwatergate, January 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment


Well I suppose the city council could alter the business hygiene laws, but then they could be countered with an appeal to “artistic license” under the First Amendment.

Actually, the whole issue is bogus, and even though I know a couple of the supervisors, I have no clue where this is coming from.

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By heterochromatic, January 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

ghost—- I’m sure that if you’re on private property
filming for personal use, you can go right on w/o a
permit and it’s only films intended for commercial use
that are regulated by permit.

sorta like if you friend comes over to your house to
cut your hair as a favor, your friend won’t be subject
to usual licensure requirements for commercial

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By John G, January 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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I guess the main intent is to “educate” porn viewers to use condoms when having sex—although, if I were having sex I probably wouldn’t be viewing porn, anyway.

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By ghostofwatergate, January 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

Since when do porno filmsters need or apply for city film permits? What transpires on private property has never been subject to the permitting process.

Permits are only required when filming in public view or when the crew and/or equipment is going to block the streets or sidewalks.

Perhaps the city supervisors have spotted a trend and are seeking to nip it in the bud.

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By heterochromatic, January 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

right you are, Big B———- 

and given Newt Gingrich’s views on repealing child labor laws…...

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By Big B, January 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

bird in the hand and pb..

What are you, fucking commies?

In a libretarian america any poor kid should have the god given right to take a shot in the face.

Ron Paul would be disappointed in anyone who says porn should be illegal. Hey, whatever the market calls for, eh?

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By A Bird in the Hand, January 20, 2012 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

What pb says!!!

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By pb, January 20, 2012 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
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I was born and raised in LA.  We’re best rid of an awful industry that should have
never been legalized to begin with.  Good bye and good riddance.

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By Robespierre115, January 20, 2012 at 3:09 am Link to this comment

@frankdouglas as a fellow Angeleno I second that. Amazing how many people still flock here including from overseas thinking movie/TV contracts fall from trees.

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By frankdouglas, January 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment

As an Angeleno, I recognize the importance of the porn
industry to this city.  As long as beautiful people
flock to this city hoping to be famous, their fallback
will be porn when they can’t afford rent in Valley
Village on a catering gig and hoping to book a
commercial.  Money is exchanged, the perverse shame leads to guilt,
and guilt results in money spent on alcohol in clubs
that might get them an audition should they meet a
casting director in a Hollywood club the next week on Vine.  It’s a
vicious cycle that serves LA County in the end.

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By acknowledging, January 19, 2012 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment
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I would be a great porn start.

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