City of Los Angeles To Be Boycotted by Porn Industry over Its New Condom Law

On 07.03.12, In Legal Industry, by Blake Houser

3/7/2012

 

Los Angeles adult film producers are threatening to boycott the city, home of the multi-million dollar pornography industry in America, in response to the new rules that will compel its actors to use condoms while they are performing in erotic films.

For decades, Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley has been the capital of the adult film business in the US. But starting March 5 this year, a landmark decision will be in effect, requiring all pornographic actors to wear protection while they are performing in films.

The new law intends to prevent HIV from spreading any further and to promote safe sex.

Porn industry insiders reacted with much anger at the new law and have warned they will initiate legal action against Los Angeles, and are also considering a boycott if the measure is not overturned. The industry claims that the move will gravely impact their revenues.

Porn film makers tried to use condoms during the late 1990s. However, such practice was scrapped after their sales suffered.

In an interview with a local media outfit, Vivid Entertainment’s Steven A Hirsh, said, “The viewers out there don’t want to see movies with condoms.”

Other industry executives say that the regulation is just a smokescreen for politicians to order how these adult films should be made. They also dismissed the laws as pointless since sexual health checks on actors are conducted regularly.

Diane Duke of Free Speech Coalition, an adult film lobby organization, said, “This 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.”

Blake Houser

Client Relations Manager at The Wells & Drew Companies
About the author:
Blake Houser is Client Relations Manager at Wells & Drew. In addition, he is the third generation in this family-owned speciality printing business.

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