So, we had some conflicts the night we were supposed to record, so we played hooky, knowing we had a 20 minute long segment we cut out of Episode 4 ready to roll if we needed to take a week off. So, we’re pulling the rip cord kind of early, but here’s Dr. Chauntelle, Houston Don and Jeff talking about Russell Brand’s recent about-face on porn.
Whether or not Russell was compensated by “Fight The New Drug” is unknown at this time.
Due to the holiday and other commitments, I haven’t been able to write the full show notes out; but I thought it was more important to get the episode posted, especially since it clocks in around 90 minutes.
We also started a new segment – “What Floats Your Boat This Week?” – which is basically a rip-off of Pop Culture Happy Hour’s “What’s Making You Happy This Week?” – but it seems like an easy way to point you to some things you might not be aware of. It can be found at the 1:24:00 mark.
If you are in the industry (talent, production staff, all the way to warehouse worker) you are invited to the XRCO Awards (for free!), being held April 11 at Lush in Hollywood. RSVP to email@example.com to make sure you’re on the list. If you’re not in the industry, you’ll have to be content with reading about the show on your favorite blogs.
Did the late-90s/early 2000s extreme porn wave stem from the fact that the veteran performers in the industry got bored with “vanilla” sex and, in an attempt to recapture the excitement of sex, go down sidestreets and alleyways and popularize more extreme acts in the process? (30:00)
PornHub sponsors the NY Porn Film Festival – I should clarify that while they sponsored it, they did not curate it. (19:12)
NYU Local (and others) have pointed out the weird relationship between the indie porn ethic celebrated by the festival, and having the festival sponsored by a company whose main source of income is distributing pirated content and profiting off the traffic.
Beating the #Pay4YourPorn drum and lamenting tube sites and combating the perception that adult performers are all rolling in cash and are not hurt by piracy.
An aside, as I think it helps illustrate the issue – Nate Glass of Takedown Piracy assists minor league wrestling organizations along with porn studios in their fight against tube sites and illicit distribution of their material. He shared a Facebook post from The Tommy Dreamer, a producer of wrestling PPV events which sums things up really well.
People don’t understand Tube Sites business models (29:38)
Sasha Grey might have done more harm than good by exaggerating the industry via her stint on Entourage (36:36)
Our goal for the show, right now anyway, is to release a new episode every other Friday. We didn’t quite get it together last week, so we did get Jeff, Rog and Dr. Chauntelle together on Skype this week to talk about a few things. (Hopefully, the next installment will include our fourth host, Don Houston!)
Until then, here are the topics we covered:
XRCO Nominations come out next week, and the awards show is unlike most of the other award shows; not the least of which is because it is industry only. (0:00)
What is the purpose of male porn performers? (34:45)
Finally, we wrap it up with a discussion about Veronica Vain and the apparent cynicism in the narrative surrounding her entree into the adult industry and how the mainstream media portrays the industry . (35:40)