A Story About Making a Sex Movie
for a moment.
year 2000 and you decide to shoot a little erotic movie.
You put an ad
up and get a couple of responses from people who would like to be
in your little movie. Before the shoot, you have them provide their
drivers licenses and Social Security cards, you make copies for
your files and take a picture of each person holding those documents
next to their face.
You have them
fill out and sign a model release.
nice and legal according to federal law.
You do your
shoot and its way hot. In the editing process, you include
the federally-required statement that all performers are over 18
years of age and indicate the name and address of the custodian
of records in case agents from the federal government want
to come inspect and make sure no underage performers were in your
You sell your
video and everyone thinks its great.
since lost touch with the people you put in your little movie. Life
goes on, right? Five years pass
guys in cheap suits
some guys in cheap, dark suits, white shirts, narrow ties and shades
show up at your door (you are the "custodian of records,"
remember?) and they want to see the documentation about your little
movie. You show them what you have.
One of these
guys inspects the model releases.
names have these performers had in the past?" he asks.
June, 2005, you must indicate in your records every legal, maiden,
professional or stage name ever used by every performer in the sex
scenes in your movie."
not a requirement when I shot the footage," you tell him.
regulation is retroactive to 1990," he says. "Do you have
course not," you say.
And off to jail
you go. Up to five years in prison for you. And you get a big, fat
What this is about
This is not
some fantasy future fascist bullshit. This is now the law of the
land. Supposedly, this is to assure that no minors appear in sexually
explicit movies. But this really isnt about protecting children.
Come on, no
producer in his right mind is going to put children in sex movies.
Everyone in the adult business in the United States is very much
aware its suicidal to do so. And what the fuck does knowing
the maiden name of a divorced 45-year-old female performer have
to do with kiddie porn?
not about kiddies and kiddie porn. Its all about a group of
people who got elected to office who believe that shooting sex movies
is a very bad and immoral thing and they want to stop it. They cant
get away with passing a law to make it illegal to shoot such things,
so they are trying to remove content from the marketplace by making
the record-keeping task impossible, and by jailing perfectly innocent
producers who were fully in compliance with the law at the time
they made the movies.
The bottom line
for you, the guy or girl who likes to watch sex movies, or read
X-rated magazines, is that a lot of your favorite stuff will now
be seized as illegal and the people who made it will be thrown in
All this over
a regulation which is retroactively applied from 2005 to 1990?
Who are these guys?
in Washington, D.C. seem to think adult magazine publishers and
video producers are straining at the leash for any opportunity to
exploit children. Im sorry, thats crazy. I dont
know anybody in this business who would do that. Everybody I know
is very careful about checking identification. And heres a
big shock for you. Most publishers, producers, agents and distributors
have kids too. Lets use our heads, people.
This new regulation,
and many more similar idiotic rules, were put in place by United
States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. He is relatively new
to the post, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and
confirmed by the U.S. Senate. They are buddies going back to when
Bush was governor of Texas.
About the first
thing Gonzales did upon getting into office was tweak that part
of the United States Code that applies to adult content record keeping.
As soon as he
put the new rules into effect, the Free Speech Coalition, the adult
business trade group, sued to block them. The case is pending in
federal court in Colorado. A decision is expected soon.
Who is responsible?
You need to
understand something. So-called "conservatives" are all
about imposing their particular religious and moral beliefs upon
you. They will invoke hot-button words like "family values"
and "child porn" to achieve it. The people who describe
themselves that way are usually Republicans.
Some will say
being Republican means fiscal responsibility, pro-liberty, small
government and minimal interference in your personal life. Oh please.
That kind of Republican died off with Barry Goldwater. The guys
in power now are a gang of ideologues (dont know what it means?
Look it up) who are attempting to impose their moral beliefs upon
you, whether you want them or not.
Who is responsible?
Did you vote for George W. Bush? If you did, then you are responsible.
What is happening now is a direct consequence of the action you
took in the voting booth.
You say you
didnt vote in the 2000 or 2004 national elections and therefore
we cant pin the blame on you? Doesnt matter. You are
still responsible. By not voting, you let others decide who to have
run the country and make these kinds of decisions.
clear. If you voted for Bush or did not vote at all, this is your
fault. It was you who failed to protect our freedom because you
did not do your duty at the ballot box. Do you now have a better
handle on how democracy works and how tyranny gets started?
What to do next?
Bush cant run again for president but there will be somebody
from the Republican party trying to take his place in the White
the concept, people. Listen up: DO NOT vote for those who wear their
conservatism like a medal. In the name of religion and family values,
they will take away your sex magazines and movies and they will
throw those who make them in jail.
It is very possible,
all in the name of protecting children (of course), there will soon
be a regulation requiring you to register at city hall or with the
federal government to get a license to read, or play on your TV,
material which these fascist fucks consider to be immoral.
Is that clear
GET OFF YOUR
BUTT AND VOTE IN ALL COMING ELECTIONS, BUT DO NOT vote for right-wing
I also want
you to click this link and donate a minimum of $10 to the organization
that is suing Gonzales to halt implementation of these regulations:
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