Porn studios employ California blackout to counter condom initiative

October 19, 2016

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California porn connoisseurs are stumbling into digital barriers which could be impeding them from getting their daily fix.

In response to a state ballot measure that calls for requiring adult film performers to wear condoms during sexual intercourse, several pornography studios are temporarily blocking access to their websites in California and are replacing porn with warning messages about Proposition 60. Some of the messages tell consumers that their porn may disappear entirely if the initiative passes. [Vocativ]

If Prop 60 passes, California residents will be allowed to sue producers and distributors of films in which condoms are not used during sexual intercourse. Opponents of the measure argue that would expose producers and porn actors to stalkers, harassment and invasions of privacy.

At least three studios are considering the possibility of permanently blocking access to their sites in California in order to protect themselves and their performers from lawsuits. Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the website Kink, said Californians could lose access to his company’s site as soon as next month.

“Prop 60 isn’t a public health measure, it’s a public harassment measure for adult performers,” Stabile said. “If we have to block access to California in order to protect the performers who work with us, that’s what we’ll do. And should this initiative pass, it’s something we’ll be looking at doing in California on a permanent basis after November 8.”

Sites like Vivid Video, Evil Angel, and Pink & White Productions are joining Pink in blacking out at least some of their content in California.

“We know you don’t want condoms in Evil Angel videos, so we’re doing what we can do to prevent that from happening. We also need you to do your part,” a pop-up ad on Evil Angel states.

On Monday, about 100 adult performers protested outside the Los Angeles headquarters of the Yes on 60 campaign.

Prop. 60 is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Proponents of the measure say it is needed to protect porn actors from the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Prop. 60 supporters say porn producers refuse to provide their actors with a safe workplace.

Los Angeles voters approved a similar ballot initiative in 2012, which mandated the use of condoms.


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13 Comments

  1. Russ J says:

    What’s the big deal, just move to Florida or anywhere else. What am I missing here? Porn stars have to drive Ventura Blvd every day? I thought only Tom Petty needed the Valley vibe.

    (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  2. CentralcoastRN says:

    Condom wearing won’t stop people from watching porn.

    What it WILL do to role model to others that you can still enjoy sex AND not get an STD.

    No one is stopping them from filming it.

    And as a side note, 100/100 women do NOT enjoy seminal fluids on their face, so the condom really isn’t going to stop much.

    (1) 13 Total Votes - 7 up - 6 down
  3. shelworth says:

    Why couldn’t it have been prop 69? I bet the legislature’s staffs worked overtime on this one! I hope it’s not just a Trojan horse. Thank you, I’ll be here all week, try the Veal.

    (7) 7 Total Votes - 7 up - 0 down
  4. shelworth says:

    Is that what happened? I thought something was wrong with my computer.

    (3) 3 Total Votes - 3 up - 0 down
  5. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    Anything to minimize this industry is fine with me.

    (-6) 30 Total Votes - 12 up - 18 down
    • CharlesInCharge says:

      It’s proven that individuals most opposed to porn are more likely to view porn more frequently. The vocal opposition also indulge in fetish porn more frequently. A lot of people are saying this. Very smart people. The best people.

      (0) 24 Total Votes - 12 up - 12 down
      • Black_Copter_Pilot says:

        Really? I find the real thing more rewarding, but you believe that if you want, free world what it is.

        (9) 15 Total Votes - 12 up - 3 down
        • The_Real_Donald says:

          “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

          (0) 4 Total Votes - 2 up - 2 down
      • Indy thinker says:

        Your arguement and statement is flawed and hearsay. I am not opposed to porn but this comment you make about “very smart” and “best” people making statements about other people’s porn habits reeks of you expressing your opinion.

        (4) 4 Total Votes - 4 up - 0 down
        • CharlesInCharge says:

          I know. I was trying to be funny by using a Trump argument construct to show how he is able to make unsubstantiated claims by referencing anonymous “experts” who are only “qualified because he vouches for their smarts or goodness. It must have fallen flat.

          (-1) 3 Total Votes - 1 up - 2 down
      • CentralcoastRN says:

        I have found that people who talk openly about sex, the ramifications of sex, etc tend to be the healthiest of body and mind. It is a natural thing, so why NOT talk about it?
        It is a natural body drive to seek out sexual release, with the exceptions being things like hormonal imbalance (think menopause), or that your partner is being a jerk and the last thing you want is intimacy.

        People will watch born no matter what we do. People will still watch it with the condoms on. They will just get creative. We might see interesting variations like “light saber wars”, in which villain and hero wear Star Wars gear and fight each other with glow in the dark “weapons” for the dame.

        My hope is that for a youth learning about sex, they see these porn star people protecting themselves. Syphilis is on the rise, and we are getting drug resistant STDs now, not to mention we still have Hep B & C, HIV.

        (4) 4 Total Votes - 4 up - 0 down
  6. demiseofslo says:

    I’m pretty sure there is enough porn already on the internet that making the new “talent” strap up could do little to no harm.

    (-9) 17 Total Votes - 4 up - 13 down
  7. TWEEKSBALMER says:

    This is where the rubber meets the road.

    (25) 27 Total Votes - 26 up - 1 down

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