Condoms May Push Porn Out of Los Angeles

21 Feb

Last month, the Los Angeles City Counsel voted on a resolution requiring all porn productions filmed on sets in Los Angeles county to use condoms.  While everyone—including the adult entertainment industry—understands the importance of protection, safe sex, and safety in the workplace, porn leaders are now speaking up about the influence this new regulation may have.

Most notably, Steve Hirsch, owner of Vivid Entertainment has stated that Vivid will continue shooting without condoms—even if that means his company will be moving out of Los Angeles county.  Many major adult entertainment corporations are currently located in Los Angeles county, including Hirsch’s Vivid and Larry Flynt‘s Hustler, which are located in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, respectively; the move away from L.A. may prove to be detrimental to the economy in an already-struggling southern California.  In fact, the Los Angeles Times reports that local economists found that adult entertainment made $4 billion in profits and provided up to 20,000 jobs annually to various aspects of the entertainment industry.

But porn leaders aren’t going down without a fight before the condom requirement begins on March 5, 2012.  Both the LA Times and XBiz both report that the adult entertainment industry will fight—even in court—to be heard on the issue, claiming selective prosecution and  infringement of Constitutional rights.

Diane Duke of the Free Speech Coalition stated that adult talent should have the right to perform without condoms.  From the LA Times, “[Duke] compared the issue to boxers who fight for entertainment, even though they risk injury. ‘The goal of that is to knock someone out — pound them in the head until you knock someone out.'” Duke continued, saying that “‘[t]his is the first step of government overreach into the way we make movies . . . It’s clearly the government interfering where it really doesn’t belong . . .. Because our industry deals with sex . . . we’re vulnerable and easy to attack.'”

The full article from the LA Times can be found at this link, and the full article from XBiz can be found at this link.

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